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Internal News - 18 October 2007

Research links with Californian universities are strengthened

Firm links between Bath and universities in California have been established to develop research into the latest high technology.

In 2005 the Universities of Bath, Bristol Southampton and Surrey, through their SETsquared Partnership, were awarded £1.5 million to build closer links with the Universities of California Irvine and California San Diego.

Successful workshops with researchers from all universities have been held, including two at Bath on wireless communications, and stem cell and biomedical engineering. The final event, on the subject of sustainable environments and biofuels, will be held in San Diego on 30 and 31 October.

The main objective of the programme is to create lasting relationships that could lead to joint research projects which have a clear commercial ‘angle’.

At the biofuels meeting, Bath will be represented by Professor Gary Hawley, who holds the Medlock Chair of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Professor Rod Scott, of the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, Professor Matthew Davidson, of the Department of Chemistry, and Professor Stan Kolaczkowski, of the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Sustainable environment research will be represented by Dr Maria-Heleni Nikolopoulou, of the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. Dr Miles Davis from RIS is coordinating the event on behalf of the SETsquared partners.

The £1.5 million was given by the Office of Science and Technology under the ‘Science Bridges’ programme.