Elsevier and US-UK Fulbright Commission announce Loughborough University academic as winner of Early Career Researcher Award

A Loughborough University academic in the Department of Geography and Environment has been named as one of the 2020 winners of the prestigious Early Career Researcher (ECR) UK Awards.

Elsevier, in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission, announced Dr Iwona Bisaga as one of seven ECR award recipients during a virtual ceremony, hosted by science writer and broadcaster Vivienne Parry, OBE, last night (16 November).

The ECR Awards champion researchers at an early stage in their career by recognising their work and awarding each recipient a grant of £1,500.

Dr Bisaga, an expert in energy access and sustainable development, has been awarded the ‘Scopus Early Career Researcher Award in Environmental Science’.

The awards recognise early career researchers across six research disciplines and the winners are selected by an expert panel of judges based on their profiles in Scopus (Elsevier’s curated abstract and citation database).

With experience cutting across non-profit, private and policy sectors, and academia, Dr Bisaga is an experienced and diverse researcher.   

She is the Research Associate leading the humanitarian energy work on the Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) Programme – a Loughborough University-led project that aims to create solutions that will rapidly accelerate the transition from biomass to clean cooking on a global scale.

Of receiving the award, Dr Bisaga said: "It's really wonderful to have been recognised with this award. I'm very happy and grateful to Elsevier, the UK-US Fulbright Commission and the panel.

“I hope this award will provide a platform to engage with other early career researchers across various disciplines and that I'll be able to leverage it to make my research even more impactful."

Kumsal Bayazit, CEO of Elsevier, said of the 2020 awards: “The UK is an innovation powerhouse, thanks to the quality of its research talent who make a critical contribution to addressing some of the biggest challenges facing society and our planet.

“I congratulate all the winners and hope these awards help empower and encourage these talented researchers to continue their efforts and make a lasting impact to the future of research and innovation.”

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About the US-UK Fulbright Commission

The US-UK Fulbright Commission works to advance knowledge, promote civic engagement and develop compassionate leaders through education exchange between the peoples of the US and the UK. It is the only academic awards programme that operates on both sides of the Atlantic, providing grants for postgraduate study, research and teaching. Since 1948, thousands of British and American citizens have participated in our programmes, enriching their educations, developing relationships, advancing their careers and making a difference in their communities, at home and abroad.

Through the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s Summer Institutes, American undergraduates with little or no experience abroad have the opportunity to participate in themed summer schools across the Atlantic, and in partnership with the Sutton Trust, the Commission delivers the Sutton Trust US Programme for high-achieving, low-income UK secondary school students to explore US higher education. As part of the global EducationUSA network, the Fulbright Commission offers UK students free, comprehensive and impartial information about applying to study at accredited universities in the US.

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About Loughborough University

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 7th in the Guardian University League Table 2021, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 6th in The UK Complete University Guide 2021.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.