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Science Bridge

Queen's awarded £1m innovation bridge

Queen’s University Belfast is to sign a series of research and education agreements with a number of leading Chinese universities this week.

The new partnerships are being created under a £2.3 million initiative to underpin technology transfer and wealth creation in both Northern Ireland and China. The Science Bridge scheme, funded by the Research Councils UK and the University, will support innovation and cutting-edge research in the areas of sustainable energy and the built environment. It includes a Queen’s investment of more than £1 million for a major new student bursary programme to attract outstanding Chinese postgraduates to Northern Ireland. 

The University’s President, Professor Peter Gregson, said:  “Queen’s is committed to forging dynamic international relationships which will benefit all partners and society as a whole.“The Science Bridge alliance is another important building block in our internationalisation strategy. It builds on a number of existing and valuable links between Queen’s and China. Technologies arising from Queen’s research have already been tested in the Hangzhou Bay Sea-Crossing Bridge, the longest such structure in the world. “The focus on the fields of energy, the built environment and sustainability is very timely. The actions we take now on research and development in these areas will have far-reaching implications for future generations and for the future of our planet.” 

The Science Bridge funding has been awarded to a team from Queen’s School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering. Professor Gregson will be signing Science Bridge agreements with leading Chinese universities and institutions including Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai University, and the National Research Centre for Building and Construction. The University will also be cementing research ties with other universities and research institutions in pharmacy, chemistry and chemical engineering and social anthropology, all areas in which the University is an international leader.