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News article4 July 2023Representation in Ireland1 min read

Three Irish winners at the European Inventor Award 2023 in Valencia

The European Patent Office (EPO) announced today that Irish inventors Rhona Togher and Eimear O’Carroll are the winners in the ‘SMEs’ category of the European Inventor Award 2023.

Eimear O’Carroll and Rhona Togher receiving their Award

Selected from over 600 candidates, these inventors created an advanced acoustic material that reduces noise to address chronic sleep issues. The duo’s invention can be integrated into household appliances, as well as in the automotive, construction, and aerospace industries. 

The award ceremony took place earlier today in the Spanish city of Valencia. Awards were presented to the winners of each of the five categories (Industry, Research, SMEs, Non-EPO countries, and Lifetime achievement), selected by an independent international jury. 

In addition, the Young Inventors Prize honours young innovators who have developed ingenious technological solutions in the area of sustainability. There is another Irish connection among its winners this year. Irish environmentalist Fionn Ferreira won third place in the Young Inventors Prize. Ferreira, a 22-year-old chemistry master's degree student and teaching assistant at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, created a way to remove microplastics from water using a unique mixture. 


More information:

- about Rhona Togher and Eimear O’Carroll and their work in this press release and this video

- about Fionn Ferreira and his work in this press release and this video


Publication date
4 July 2023
Representation in Ireland