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University of Bath in €5 Million ERDF Consortium

The University of Bath is to be part of the €5 million ERDF funded research consortium to focus on Materials for Energy Efficiency in Transport, known as MEET.

The consortium, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Interreg IV programme, is an Anglo-French collaboration which will run until June 2015. Fellow collaborators, in the UK, are the universities of Exeter and Southampton, and in France, the Universities of Caen, South Brittany, and the ISPA institute, a business, education and research centre.

Organisations within the consortium are Normandie Aerospace; TWI, a global leader in technology engineering; F2N, a Normandy based association of nautical companies; Mov’eo, an independent organisation bringing together automotive and public transport R&D; and Mirrade, a trade organisation to facilitate business and research centres.

Together the consortium will establish a cross channel network of excellence for long standing relations and exchange of best practice. They also aim to raise awareness at an international level of technologies and processes, focusing on load lightening and energy harvesting.

Bath lead, Professor Julian Chaudhuri, Head of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean for Engineering & Design, says: “I am delighted that Bath scientists and engineers have this exciting project to act as a vehicle to collaborate with our French colleagues and strengthen our research in this massively important area.”

Dr Jon Hunt, Deputy Director of the Research Development & Support Office, who co-developed the bid through personal contacts at the University of Caen, stated, "Our involvement in this project enacts a strategy I agreed with Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, to broaden and deepen our engagement with European research and innovation".

Activities of the consortium will include identifying common research areas between members for joint proposals and initiatives in preparation for funding from FP7, Horizons2020, the TSB, and the EPSRC. In doing so they will also support industry needs with emerging technologies, specifically looking at fuel cells; LEDs; OLED; porous materials; composites; energy storage; and thermoelectricity.

Another key activity is technology platform sharing to foster and utilize facilities, equipment and skills, across the consortium. Training will be available for equipment use and an expertise database is to be developed, similarly designed to the newly launched University of Bath equipment sharing database, complete with an accompanying skills guide.

There will be a number of workshops and seminars for networking within the consortium.

The first MEET Research Workshop will be taking place on 7-8 March 2013 at the Bath Spa Hotel, as an official launch event.

The Workshop will look to bring together both academia and industry for presentations by keynote and thematic speakers in the field of materials for energy efficiency in transport research and practice. The workshop also seeks to stimulate discussion on future research agenda and proposal development.

The workshop includes presentations, workshops, breakout sessions, and network opportunities. 

View the Programme for the MEET Research Workshop 

Register for the MEET Research Workshop
Please note, your password is MEET2013.

For further information regarding MEET please contact:
Eloise Spark (Research Project Coordinator, RDSO)