Leading UK Science facilities announce new five-year collaboration

Leading UK Science facilities announce new five-year collaboration

A new five-year agreement to facilitate collaboration between two leading UK Science institutions has been announced.

Diamond Light Source, the UK’s synchrotron light source and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) aim to bring the two organisations closer together to allow students to learn about each other’s science portfolio. This agreement will drive a closer collaboration through the formation of a Steering Committee that will help shape curriculum content to meet students’ needs.

Commenting on the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Chief Scientist at NPL, DR JT Janssen;

Our goal is to combine our expertise and facilities to accomplish momentous scientific impact. We want to develop common specialised knowledge and increase the effective use of our facilities; as well as increasing cooperation and mutual support among our students and staff.

In addition to joint meetings, networking and training, the MoU will facilitate the identification of collaborative research and skills development opportunities of mutual or individual interest through a dedicated Steering Committee with representatives from both organisations.

Prof. Gianluigi Botton, Chief Executive Officer at Diamond Light Source adds;

This agreement is going to create great opportunities for new science and for both organisations’ scientists and students. A key objective is to facilitate collaboration around student engagement activities, including using our respective expertise to accomplish valuable scientific training for each other’s student cohorts

Diamond and NPL may identify specific subjects for joint postgraduate training and development, including:

    • Identification and implementation of NPL and Diamond co-funded/co-supervised PhD studentship projects.
    • Curriculum exchange of synchrotron and measurement science for each facility’s student cohorts. This will involve delivery of one half-day to one full day of content by both organisations and include a facility visit.

Diamond Light Source is the United Kingdom’s national synchrotron facility. It is a private limited company funded as a joint venture by the United Kingdom Government through the Science & Technology Facilities Council as part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in partnership with the Wellcome Trust.

NPL is the UK's National Metrology Institute, developing and maintaining the national primary measurement standards. It is a Public Corporation owned by the Department for Science Innovation and Technology (DSIT).

Attached files
  • From L to R: (Front Row) CEOs Dr Peter Thompson (NPL) and Prof. Gianluigi Botton (Diamond), and (Second Row) Dr Richard Burguete Postgraduate Institute Director (NPL), Dr JT Janssen, Chief Scientist (NPL), Isabelle Boscaro-Clark, Head of Impact, Communications and Engagement (Diamond), Dr Adrian Mancuso, Physical Sciences Director (Diamond), and Prof. Sir Dave Stuart FRS, Life Sciences Director (Diamond)
Regions: Europe, United Kingdom
Keywords: Business, Universities & research, Knowledge transfer


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