Kyoto delegation visits Bristol to explore collaborative research opportunities
Press release issued: 18 July 2011
A top-level delegation from Kyoto University, an institution with a global reputation for academic excellence, is visiting the University of Bristol today [18 July] as part of an ongoing relationship aimed at exploring collaborative research opportunities.
The visit aims to showcase some of Bristol’s expertise in environmental change, nuclear research and composite materials, and builds on previous collaborative work in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and clinical translational research (TR).
During the stay, the team, led by Professor Kiyoshi Yoshikawa, Executive Vice-President for Research, will get the chance to see how the University's National Composites Centre is putting the region at the forefront of innovation in high-tech materials, and is a leading example of university - industry collaboration. They will also observe some of the groundbreaking work being carried out in the Cabot Institute, which is developing risk and resilience models for major catastrophes, linking the environment, critical infrastructure and the insurance industry.
The delegates will meet with academics from the Faculties of Engineering, Social Sciences and Law and Medical Faculties, and will tour the School of Chemisty’s state-of-the-art laboratories. They will also observe activities in the School's EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Chemical Synthesis.
Professor Guy Orpen, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, said: “In order to tackle the increasing challenges that are likely to have a major impact on people’s lives in the future, it is important for Bristol to collaborate with leading research universities such as Kyoto to harness the research excellence at both institutions, and to explore collaboration with industry partners.
“The relationship between Bristol and Kyoto continues to mature and I am convinced will lead to even further interaction, collaboration and activities between academics and students at both universities.”