President’s Award

On Wednesday 13 March 2019, the President’s Address and Reception was hosted in the City and Guilds Building of the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London.

This was President Alice Gast’s fifth annual address to the College community. This annual event also provides an opportunity to celebrate outstanding achievements and external accolades of Imperial’s staff and alumni.

This year, qBionano’s Mattias was an awardee, recognized for outstanding achievements in policy engagement. This includes his recent invited contribution at the Houses of Parliament. More examples of his recent policy engagements are available here.

The full text of the President’s Address is available here and some photos from the evening are available below.

 

Let’s focus on the research process, not the outputs

The outsized importance of publications has meant too many research students focus on featuring papers in prestigous journals, despite having success in doing so feeling like something of a lottery. To Mattias Björnmalm, a strong focus on the research output instead of the research process is detrimental to research itself. Research is about increasing our understanding of the world and helping to solve problems. At its best and most effective, this is a collaborative endeavour leveraging diverse skills and experiences. Ensuring we focus our definition of success around valuable contributions — instead of around the final output — would recognise and reward good research and researchers. 

Read the full blog post in the LSE Impact blog. Photo above is by Med Badr Chemmaoui.