Federico Rosei, professor and director of the INRS Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre, is the recipient of the 2014 José Vasconcelos World Award of Education. In awarding him this prestigious prize, the World Cultural Council recognizes his valuable contribution in the field of chemistry as well as his work to bridge the science and technology gap with developing countries.
"It is the first time an INRS professor has been honoured by this international organization, which rewards initiatives to promote the advancement of knowledge with a view to improving understanding and relations among peoples. Through his commitment to research and training that serve the common good, Professor Rosei fully contributes to the mission of our university," stated Yves Bégin, vice president of research and academic affairs at INRS.
Professor Rosei's list of accomplishments includes the creation of the UNESCO Chair on Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage (MATECSS). As chairholder, he is committed to strengthening North-South and South-South cooperation to ensure access to sustainable energy for all.
This international prize will be awarded to Professor Rosei on November 17, 2014, at Aalto University in Finland during its summit on "The Impact of Universities on Economic Growth."
The José Vasconcelos Award joins the already impressive list of distinctions received by this representative of the new generation of researchers. The winner of an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, Professor Rosei has received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is a recipient of the Herzberg Medal and the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry from the Royal Society of Canada, as well as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Physics (UK), the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), the Institute of Materials, Metallurgy and Mining (UK), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK), the Institute of Nanotechnology (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Australian Institute of Physics. He is also a member of the Global Young Academy and the Sigma Xi Society as well as senior member of IEEE and of SPIE.
Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) is the top-ranking graduate research and training university in Canada in terms of research intensity. INRS brings together some 150 professors and close to 700 students and postdoctoral fellows in its centres in Montreal, Quebec City, Laval, and Varennes. Conducting fundamental research essential to the advancement of science in Quebec as well as internationally, INRS research teams also play a critical role in developing concrete solutions to problems facing our society.