The International Relations Office is delighted to welcome three of our Global Chairs for a visit to Bath in person this October.

A Distinguished McKnight Professor, Professor Tianhong Cui from the University of Minnesota is one of our 2022/23 Global Chairs and will be visiting Bath for the first time from 24 - 28 October. Hosted by Dr Despina Moschou in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, he is a leading expert on MEMS/NEMS and advanced manufacturing, investigating micro and nano devices using nanomaterials and polymers for new sensors and actuators for medical and environmental applications.

Professor Cui will attend a number of engagements during the visit, including delivering a public lecture on ‘Graphene biosensors for potential point-of-care diagnostics’ on 25 October at 6.15pm on campus, followed by a Welcome Reception. The link to sign up for tickets is at the bottom of the announcement, all are welcome.

Professor Carolyn Emery is an internationally recognized injury epidemiologist and physiotherapist and another distinguished international visiting professor on our 2022/23 Global Chairs. Her research has had a significant impact on policy and practice in the prevention of injuries and concussions in youth sports both nationally and internationally.

Professor Emery is the most highly published author over the past 30 years on youth sports injury and youth sports injury prevention and has been recognised worldwide. Her research aligns closely with the University’s priority research theme of Health & Well-being. Professor Emery is being hosted by Keith Stokes, Director of the Centre for Health, and Injury & Illness Prevention in Sport (CHi2PS) in the Department for Health from the 17 - 23 October. During her tenure Professor Emery will be leading a series of seminars and workshops, providing mentorship to students and engaging in public lectures, and meetings with sports governing bodies. This initial visit will be to discuss and put plans in place for a longer visit in the spring.

Professor Soraya Seedat, appointed as Women Global Chair in 2019/2020, is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch. She is an expert on post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorders, and has more than 20 years of clinical, epidemiological and basic neuroscience research experience as a psychiatrist, including as a prestigious South African Research Chair. Professor Seedat made her first visit to Bath in March 2020.

Hosted by the Department of Psychology, Professor Seedat will now be visiting Bath from 18 – 28 October. During her visit, she will be strengthening existing collaborations and developing new ones as well as engaging with other researchers working in the traumatic stress field, both at the University of Bath and across the GW4 network.