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Dr Paolo Aversa celebrated for his Formula 1 research

Dr Aversa is shortlisted for prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Communicating Science Prize

Dr Paolo Aversa has been shortlisted for the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Communicating Science Prize 2014 for his research into Formula 1.

The prize is awarded to 10 Marie-Curie projects which have had the greatest media impact.

Shortlisted projects are chosen from about 1,500 submissions from any field of science, making nomination for the award a great honour within the research community.

Paolo's work focuses on the $3.5billion sport from which he derives wider business theories that apply to other hypercompetitive, high-tech industries.

His findings have been featured in more than 150 international media outlets in under two years, including Forbes, the BBC, Eurosport, Reuters, the Times and Financial Times as well as numerous F1 specific publications.

In November Paolo will travel to Trento in Italy for the second stage of the awards ceremony, where he will present his research to 200 European policymakers at the Italian EU Presidency conference, and the winner will be decided.

"It is a great honour for me to be nominated for this prestigious prize," said Paolo "Especially because competitors include senior scholars from fields of science like medicine, biology and engineering which usually enjoy wider media attention than social sciences."

"During my research project I had the opportunity to be mentored by leading scientist, Professor Charles Baden-Fuller who has extensive experience with international research. Having such a role model was fundamental to making the best of my time as Marie Curie Fellow. I am excited to further work in developing and disseminating relevant research for both academics and practitioners."

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship is a European funding scheme which supports researchers from any field of science, at any stage in their career.

Paolo was awarded the highly selective fellowship in 2011 which funded his two year F1 research project at Cass.

His most recent research studied every Formula 1 driver for the past 30 years to find that having two top performers in the same team has a negative effect on performance. It can be viewed on the Cass website.

Previous research found that prioritising innovation and new technology over optimising experience can actually hold teams back. Read Paolo's innovation research on the Cass Knowledge website.

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