Marie Curie Fellowship for Gibraltarian

The European Commission recognises the world's leading researchers and scientists by honouring them with a Marie Curie Fellowship. To be eligible, prospective fellows need to be nominated by leading professors from European Universities and have referees from around the world who validate their credentials and expertise as international scholars.

A Gibraltarian, Professor Daniella Tilbury, has been awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship after a lengthy competitive process involving nominations from countries across Europe.

Through this Fellowship, Professor Tilbury will be awarded funding to develop interdisciplinary research teams in the area of sustainability.

Marie Curie focuses on the promotion and recognition of excellence in European research. The aim is to highlight the personal achievements of European researchers with a view to supporting their further development and international recognition. Its awards have been set up to increase the visibility and attractiveness of European research.

The applications are reviewed by anonymous expert evaluators. Professor Tilbury reviewers commented on her ?remarkable portfolio of experience which provided solid evidence of high level of expertise, leadership and innovative thinking.?

Professor Tilbury is Chair in Sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham. As a member of senior management, she has corporate and academic responsibilities in this area.

She was born and educated in Gibraltar and returns regularly to visit family and friends. She has held academic positions at universities in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. She has been the recipient of the Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship as well as other international academic prizes such as the Macquarie Research Innovation Award and Outstanding Educator Award.

When asked by Brussels to react to the fellowship, Professor Tilbury replied: ?Given the current financial climate and cuts in research budgets such awards play a critical role in sustaining quality research. It also recognises the increasing importance of sustainable development as an interdisciplinary research field?. She formally becomes a Marie Curie Scholar in early 2009.