On Friday, 3 December, the Irish Research Council awarded Dr Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire, senior lecturer in the School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology at TU Dublin, a Research Ally Prize as part of the IRC Researcher of the Year 2021 awards.
This new national award category, the Research Ally Prizes celebrate the role of supervisors, mentors, and research officers in supporting and sustaining the Irish research community, and how they help to foster a positive academic culture based on equality, inclusivity, and respect.
Dr Mac Con Iomaire was nominated as a Research Ally by a number of his PhD graduates for the positive impact he has made as a supervisor. He has built a cluster of researchers around the field of Irish food and beverage history, diplomatic dining, chefs and kitchen culture, food tourism policy, food in folklore, and food education. He currently chairs the MA Gastronomy and Food Studies in TU Dublin and is also co-founder and chair of the biennial Dublin Gastronomy Symposium. Dr Mac Con Iomaire says he is “delighted with the award, particularly since it was instigated by my former PhD students, which makes it all the more special.”
More information about the Research Ally Prize is available here.