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Queen’s University and the University of East Anglia to boost Northern Ireland food producers

The project aims to directly address the recommendations in the Agri-Food Strategy Board’s ‘Going for Growth’ report, which outlined the need for greater support for Northern Ireland’s food producers in the use of market intelligence, in order to help ensure they deliver what consumers want to purchase. The project team will provide Northern Ireland food producers with insights generated from a variety of market intelligence sources, including Tesco Clubcard data. The goal is to provide a more detailed understanding of market developments, consumer preferences and shoppers behaviour – information that is vital in shaping a business’s product offerings and marketing strategies. The three-year £500,000 project funded by Invest Northern Ireland will also be promoted by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Tesco NI, the Ulster Farmers Union, Ulster University and the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA). The Northern Ireland food sector is a central part of the local economy, with the largest manufacturing output. While there are significant challenges ahead, this is balanced by significant opportunities that are reliant on food producers understanding the shoppers who buy their products. Dr Geoff Simmons from Queen’s Management School, said: “Information on shoppers’ preferences is invaluable. If a supplier can use consumer data to shape its offerings and marketing strategies, it has a significantly better chance of survival in a radically changing food retail and consumer environment. “Universities and governments can play an important role in this, providing expertise and funds to enable NI food producers to make informed decisions on key issues including promotion and new product development strategies. This project is an example of that important collaboration. “The agri-food sector is crucial to Northern Ireland’s prosperity. It is our largest indigenous industry, our biggest manufacturer, our largest employer and our most important exporter. We are delighted to support local food producers in making more informed business decisions through this project.” Professor Andrew Fearne from the Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for Northern Ireland farmers and food processors to learn from business experts, market intelligence, and from each other, and to develop the core skills and capabilities necessary to build sustainable businesses that are driven by a fundamental understanding of shopper behaviour – who buys what and why.” “We will work with businesses to identify opportunities for growth, or threats in the marketplace. We also hope to enable them to be more strategic in their business decisions, rather than simply reacting to the actions of competitors and retailers.” John Hood, Invest NI’s Director of Food and Tourism, added: “Possessing the latest market intelligence can be a game changer in retaining and increasing the value of a retail listing. Acquiring customer insights will be a valuable resource for the Northern Ireland Food and Drink industry and will enable our companies to gain a trading advantage in today’s highly competitive retail environment. “Invest NI efforts across the Year of Food and Drink are focused on empowering more local companies to go out and succeed in markets outside Northern Ireland. This initiative will contribute to this objective by building stronger and more effective relationships between food producers, food processors and retail sectors.” Norman Fulton, Head of Food and Farming Group, DAERA said: “Market intelligence is crucial to providing primary producers and SME’s with a better understanding of the market place. It can signal new opportunities from changes in consumer behaviour that inform decision making and create competitive advantage. I am delighted that the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is involved in this initiative, which is an important channel of support to ensure the competitiveness and future sustainability of our agri-food industry.” Sean Largey, Commercial Director of Tesco NI said: “At Tesco serving customers is at the heart of everything we do. We need to understand customers to achieve this and Cludbcard data is one of the key tools which enables us to do just that.  That is why I am excited by this project as it will give our smaller suppliers access to this invaluable customer insight, providing them with a unique opportunity to shape their business to meet customers’ needs and in doing so achieve growth.”

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2016 Boat Race set to make a splash at new £1.2M Boathouse

Now in its 12th year, the top men’s and women’s crews from Queen’s University Belfast, and Trinity College Dublin, will launch from the newly refurbished Lagan landmark, which has been home to Queen’s Rowing Club for 65 years. School crews from Methodist College Belfast, Portora Royal School and Royal Belfast Academical Institution, along with Bann Rowing Club will also be competing on the day.The Boathouse has been refurbished to offer a world-class facility for Queen’s rowers which now offers a floating pontoon, as well as purpose-built storage for the University’s fleet.Speaking at the launch of this year’s Race, Liz McLaughlin, Head of Queen’s Sport, said: “The opening of our new Boathouse is set to add further excitement to our 12th annual University Boat Race, as the crews will now launch and finish from this point, offering fantastic viewing opportunities for spectators. This investment is further evidence of Queen’s commitment to ensuring its students and the local community continue to have access to world-class sporting facilities. The University would like to sincerely thank the Belfast Boat Club for allowing students to row from their facility while our Boathouse was being refurbished.”Launching the 2016 Boat Race, Belfast’s Deputy Lord Mayor Alderman Guy Spence, said: “The new Queen’s Boathouse is a fitting and fantastic addition to the landscape of the River Lagan and our City. Rowing on the Lagan has been part of life in Belfast for over 170 years and I am delighted that the University Boat Race is continuing to strengthen this tradition. I wish all the competitors a fantastic day of rowing and hope they enjoy this fantastic new facility created by Queen’s.”Trinity College Dublin are the current champions and the 2000m long course is a popular event in Belfast’s sporting and social calendar. Last year more than 2,000 people lined the course to support the crews, with the towpath and bridges providing viewing points in addition to the new facility at Queen’s Boathouse.Queen’s Head Rowing Coach, Mick Desmond added: “The Boat Race at Queen’s has turned into a highly competitive fixture in the Irish Rowing calendar. The event is unique as it showcases our sport to the wider community and gains much needed profile for the universities and schools who compete. It really shows off what is great about the sport of Rowing and it is fantastic that this great spectacle now incorporates our new facilities.”This year spectators can also enjoy a VIP enclosure at Cutters Wharf offering a clear vantage point from the bar’s riverside terrace and rear function area. On offer will be lunch, table service and live music. Tickets, costing £25 can be purchased from Queen's Sport Reception in the PEC, by telephoning 028 90681126 or by emailing boatrace@qub.ac.uk.Further information on this year’s University Boat Race is available here 

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His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales launches Queen’s University’s first Global Research Institute

The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), the first of four Global Research Institutes to be unveiled at Queen’s, was launched at a special event in the Northern Ireland Science Park today.  His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales received a tour and saw the world leading research taking place in ECIT before unveiling a plaque to officially launch the Global Research Institute. Global Research Institutes are the University’s flagships for interdisciplinary research in areas of major societal challenge. ECIT’s unique innovation model, strong links with industry around the globe and its track record for attracting and creating high value jobs in the technology sector are factors which secured its elevation to Global Research Institute status within Queen’s. It is made up of three world leading Centres: the award winning UK national Innovation & Knowledge Centre for cyber security, The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT); The Centre for Wireless Innovation which is redefining communications for a smarter world and The Centre for Data Science and Scalable Computing which is addressing the information explosion. Queen’s University’s Chancellor, Dr Thomas J Moran, said: “Our research mission is to be distinguished by our academic strengths and recognised globally for the social, economic and cultural benefit we deliver through our research.  Having His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales launch ECIT as a Global Research Institute is an honour and one befitting the occasion.” President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s, Professor Patrick Johnston, said: “Our Global Research Institutes bring together a critical mass of excellent researchers from a wide range of disciplines in world-class facilities to tackle some of the greatest global issues of our age.  Our work in Cyber Security, which is one of the key tenets of ECIT, was recognised by Her Majesty the Queen earlier this year with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize.  Through our Global Research Institutes, the four central pillars to our research at Queen’s, we are committed to advancing knowledge and changing lives.” Professor John McCanny, Director of The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology at Queen’s said: “Our world has become increasingly digitised, affecting how we communicate, manage our finances, access healthcare and even interact with household devices.  With more of our information held digitally and connected across multiple devices, significant new challenges are emerging: how can we detect and prevent information theft, fraud and attacks?  How can we secure, process and transmit the information created by citizens, enterprise and government? And how can we accelerate the global adoption of resulting technical innovations to deliver economic impact?  Through our Global Research Institute we are committed to tackling these major challenges of our time.” In addition to ECIT, the Queen’s other Global Research Institutes are: The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice; The Institute for Global Food Security and the Institute for Health Sciences. For further information on ECIT visit: www.ecit.qub.ac.uk/

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Director of Europe's €5 Billion Innovative Medicines Initiative visits Queen's

Speaking ahead of his visit, Dr Meulien, said: “IMI is a unique partnership between the European Union and industry which is working to improve and accelerate the entire medicines development process. We are facilitating collaboration between the key players involved in health research, including universities, pharmaceutical and other companies, patient organisations, and medicines regulators. “Programmes such as the €50 Million Inhaled Antibiotics in Bronchiectasis and Cystic Fibrosis Programme, recently funded by IMI and led here in Belfast by Prof Stuart Elborn, Dean of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s, highlights the excellence of the science at the University and its potential for translation into new drugs that will improve patient lives.” In an event hosted by the University’s Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, Dr Meulien met with key leaders in academia, the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, research policy makers and research funders. Professor Chris Elliott, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Queen’s, said: “It is extremely important to have influential European leaders like Dr Meulien coming to Queen’s. It emphasises the quality of our research and the scale of our ambition to achieve global impact.” “Dr Meulien’s visit is very timely, coming as it does when we as a society are considering our relationship with the European Union (EU),” said Professor Mark Lawler, from Queen’s, who recently authored a paper on the benefits of the EU for cancer patients and cancer researchers in the leading cancer journal Lancet Oncology. He added: “Collaborative programmes between academia and industry such as those supported by IMI are game changers, providing a scale of funding and combined expertise that can lead to better treatments for patients.” Colette Goldrick, Director of The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (APBI), Northern Ireland and NHS Partnerships, said: “From an industry perspective, Dr Meulien’s visit is extremely important. It is critical for both patients and the local economy that a vibrant academia-industry interaction underpins better patient care and the enhancement of the biopharmaceutical and diagnostics sectors in Northern Ireland.”

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Queen's University receives Royal award for strengthening cyber security

Queen’s Chancellor Mr Tom Moran and Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick Johnston along with the Head of Cyber Security, Professor John McCanny are at Buckingham Palace today (25 February 2016) to receive a national honour from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, for the University's work in protecting the online activity of billions of internet users around the world. The Centre for Secure Information Technologies at Queen’s – a major hub for research and innovation in electronic engineering and cyber security – will receive a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.  Based at the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, the Centre for Secure Information Technologies, with 90 staff, is one of Europe’s largest university cyber security research centres. It has developed breakthrough innovations, including novel technology to be integrated into Apps to improve security for online financial transactions; anti-counterfeit technology to prevent internet fraud; and new processors to deliver filtered internet to homes and businesses, stripping out viruses, malware and malicious content. CSIT is funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK and Invest Northern Ireland. Receiving the award at Buckingham Palace, Queen’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick Johnston said: “The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is one of the most prestigious honours in higher education and recognition of CSIT which has put Northern Ireland firmly on the map as a lead player for cyber security.  “Cyber security is a major global challenge, with cyber crime increasing at an alarming rate. The need for strong and resilient cyber security technologies has never been greater. CSIT is home to some of the world’s foremost cyber security experts. It is at the forefront of efforts to protect the UK from cyber attacks and to maintain the public’s trust that their online privacy and data is kept safe. "CSIT has also been a critical factor in securing almost 1,200 cyber security related jobs in Northern Ireland, injecting around £40 million per year into our economy. It is helping to meet the demand for well-qualified graduates to fill these jobs through its postgraduate courses.  Its Masters in Cyber Security which is underpinned by the Centre’s world-class research, and the CSIT Doctoral Training Centre, attracts PhD students from around the world. "The Centre is a great example of the global impact of Queen’s world leading research.” Professor John McCanny, Head of Cyber Security at CSIT, said: “CSIT’s unique strength lies in its approach to the innovation and commercialisation of ground-breaking research. It overlays an excellent academic research environment with an infrastructure that is more common in high-technology companies, creating a unique team of researchers, innovators and engineers that accelerates the translation of research into new business opportunities and the creation of new companies.  “CSIT prides itself on two pillars of excellence – in its world-leading research, and its unique model for commercialising that research. Links with global companies including IBM, Intel, Infosys, Allstate, BAE Systems, Thales, Euronext and Equiniti, provide valuable routes to market for CSIT’s technological innovations. Strong relationships with local companies also allow SMEs unrivalled access to engineering and research expertise, enabling them to grow their business internationally. "Our strength in this area was recognised by the UK Government in January 2016 when it announced that CSIT, in partnership with Cyber London, will lead the Early Stage Accelerator Programme to support cyber security start-ups in developing innovative technical solutions to keep the UK safe from cyber attacks. This programme will offer start-ups advice on how to develop their products and services and bring them to market." Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry said: “I congratulate Queen’s University Belfast on being honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for its work in strengthening global cyber security and protecting the online activity of billions of internet users around the world.  “CSIT has been a critical factor in establishing Northern Ireland as the UK’s leading cyber security cluster by promoting close to 1,200 new cyber security related jobs through spinout activity, indigenous business scale-up and Foreign Direct Investment. CSIT also plays a vital role in building the capacity and capability of local companies through the provision of high quality masters and PhD graduates.” CSIT will host the World Cyber Security Summit in March – an annual event which brings together the international research community, industry leaders and government policy makers in Belfast to discuss cyber security challenges.  For more information visit www.csit.qub.ac.uk End Media inquiries to Michelle Cassidy (Thursday-Friday) or Anne-Marie Clarke (Monday-Wednesday) at Queen’s University Communications Office. Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5310 Email: comms.officer@qub.ac.uk

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Queen's scientists develop first perfume which smells better the more you sweat

  Researchers in the Queen’s University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL) Research Centre have developed a unique new perfume delivery system which releases more of its aroma when it comes into contact with moisture, meaning a person smells nicer when their sweat levels increase. This innovative perfume system has been created by tagging a raw fragrance onto an ionic liquid (salt in the form of liquid) which has no smell. The ‘perfumed ionic liquid’ releases its aroma when it comes into contact with water, allowing more of the perfume’s scent to be released onto a person’s skin. In addition, the perfume system also has the ability to remove the bad odours that come from sweat.  The ‘thiol’ compounds that are responsible for the malodour of sweat are attracted to the ionic liquid, attaching themselves to it and losing their potency. The breakthrough could have major commercial possibilities, potentially providing a new way to develop products for the huge personal care market. QUILL researchers are currently working with a perfume development company to identify a number of product ideas that could eventually be sold in shops. Project leader, Dr Nimal Gunaratne, from the Queen's University Belfast Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL) Research Centre, said: “This is an exciting breakthrough that uses newly discovered ionic liquid systems to release material in a controlled manner. Not only does it have great commercial potential, and could be used in perfumes and cosmetic creams, but it could also be used in others area of science, such as the slow release of certain substances of interest.”    “This innovative development demonstrates the drive of researchers at Queen’s to advancing knowledge and achieving excellence for the benefit of society as a whole.” The research was carried out by corresponding author Dr Nimal Gunaratne, Professor Ken Seddon and Dr Peter Nockemann, from the Queen's University QUILL Research Centre.  Read the full research article  

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RICS recognition for Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine

The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine (WWIEM) at Queen's has won both the prestigious Project of the Year award and Design Trough Innovation accolade at the 2016 RICS Northern Ireland awards. The Project of the Year award and The Design through Innovation award, which recognises the use of outstanding innovation in designing a project, were presented to Turner & Townsend for their work on behalf of Queen's at the RICS event in Belfast. The WWIEM is an interdisciplinary research facility, the latest phase in the development of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen's and has been designed to enhance its internationally recognised excellence in research. It includes biomedical research laboratories, secondary laboratory space, office accommodation and cold storage. Commenting on the awards, Damien Toner, Queen's Director of Estates, said: "This landmark project underpins the University’s world class ambition and represents a strategically important addition to the estate portfolio. The open and free-flow design of the building offers a positive change in the working environment, which enhances the development of cross-disciplinary collaborations and interactions between peer research groups." Specific innovations within the building, include laboratories and offices being organised around a central atrium, providing excellent visual links through the building and encouraging collaboration between Queen's scientists. Innovative technology has also been used in an inventive and visionary way. The building’s major services have been strategically moved to the perimeter, external to the labs, allowing total adaptability in future layouts. In addition, the extensive use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) allowed for intricate design detailing and major fabrication off site, which was a key element of the delivery strategy, reducing waste significantly. In praising the design, the judges said: “This is a high-quality building housing laboratories, offices and meeting rooms for this international research organisation. The innovative nature of the building, means it has been designed on an ‘inside-out’ basis, conducive to collaborative working. The building is finished to a very high standard.” Colm Lavery, Director at Turner & Townsend Belfast, added: “We are delighted that this project has won these awards and are very proud of our role in the Institute and of the relationship we were able to cultivate with Queen’s University Belfast while doing it. The Institute is a great testament to the role Queen’s place on research and innovation and Turner & Townsend along with the wider design team are proud to have assisted in its delivery.”

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Justice Minister addresses international cyber summit

Justice Minister, David Ford has highlighted work ongoing through the Organised Crime Task Force to tackle cyber crime.     Speaking at the World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit, hosted by Queen’s University’s Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT), David Ford said:  “As chair of the Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) I am very much aware that a growing concern for both businesses and individuals has been the rise in cyber crime.  “In 2014 the OCTF established a cyber crime sub group to help bring a unified law enforcement approach to the fight against this rapidly escalating, rapidly expanding problem.  CSIT was a founder member of both the original group, and a later established industry based group, and have provided a valuable contribution to the work of both.” Continuing the Minister said: “For the PSNI, National Crime Agency and other law enforcement agencies, cyber has become a significant and ever growing priority area.  The PSNI e-crime centre has been taking forward valuable work in prevention as well as crime detection.  This has included the introduction of a reporting portal for businesses as well as a range of awareness raising initiatives for the public in conjunction with Get Safe Online. “The approaches from online criminals have unfortunately become more sophisticated in recent years and we need to respond to this.  We all, as individuals, as consumers, as business owners, as those involved in law enforcement, need organisations such as CSIT, and all those experts represented here today, to be working, often behind the scenes, to help us to outflank would-be criminals and also to train those who will continue the fight.” Professor John McCanny, Principal Investigator in the Centre for Secure Information Technologies at Queen’s University Belfast, said: “Queen’s University, as a UK leading centre for Cyber Security, was recently recognised at Buckingham Palace with a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize.  The annual Cyber Summit has now become an internationally renowned meeting of world leading experts in this field to come together to tackle the greatest challenges to our online safety.  The UK has the most advanced digital economy in the world worth around 12.4% of GDP and growing fast.  We are all now highly dependent on the internet whether at home, work, in our vehicles or in the control systems and things that carry out a multitude of autonomous tasks for us. Cyber security is now a core technology requirement for all of these. This, our 6th annual Summit, will help inform our research to develop the next generation of cyber security technologies.”

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First Minister and former Taoiseach headline Queen’s Spring Festival of Events 2016

Free to attend, the addresses form part of the annual Spring Festival of Events organised by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, at Queen's. First Minster Arlene Foster will deliver the fourth annual Harri Holkeri Lecture on the subject of Women, Leadership and Peace-building on Monday 23 May at Riddel Hall, Belfast. Uniquely placed to reflect on this theme, Mrs Foster, a Queen’s Law graduate, is the first woman to lead her party and the first female First Minister of Northern Ireland. The Harri Holkeri lecture series was established in 2013 to celebrate the late Finnish Prime Minister Harri Holkeri’s contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process. The closing lecture in this year’s Festival, will be a lecture from former Taoiseach Mr Bertie Ahern, entitled; Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland, on Tuesday 31 May in Riddel Hall. An Honorary Graduate of Queen’s, Mr Ahern has dedicated his time to conflict resolution since leaving Government in 2008 and is actively involved with many groups around the world. He was first elected to the Dáil in 1977 and became Taoiseach in June 1997. He was re-elected in 2002 and again in 2007. Director of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s, Professor Hastings Donnan, said: “The Institute has shown itself a leader in opening out academic-practitioner debate and in providing a space for frank conversations on building peace in our society. We are therefore delighted to welcome the First Minister and former Taoiseach as guest lecturers in this year’s Spring Festival. Holkeri’s aim of transforming conflict and promoting social justice in Northern Ireland, and across the globe, is shared by the Institute and we look forward to our guest speakers’ reflections on how this is being taken forward.” Other highlights of this year’s Spring Festival include Four Directions: Colours for Cultural Justice - A Journey of Aboriginal Art. The exhibition celebrates the work of acclaimed Stolen Generations Aboriginal artist, Heather Kamarra Shearer and traces Heather’s work through art as a public voice for justice, trauma and healing and the importance of family relationships in reconciliation. Queen’s Film Theatre will also screen The Image of the Enemy, a documentary of Palestinian and Israeli voices, human voices with diverging and converging opinions and distinct experiences of conflict and coexistence. The First Minister’s lecture will take place in Riddel Hall on Monday 23 May at 5pm followed by a question and answer session, facilitated by Yvette Shapiro, Journalist and Broadcaster. The former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s lecture will take place in Riddel Hall on Tuesday 31 May from 5pm followed by question and answer session facilitated by Jim Fitzpatrick, Journalist and Broadcaster. All events in the Festival are free and open to the public but registration is required. For the full programme of events and how to register visit www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/isctsj/Events/

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Queen's astronomers’ starring role in first movie of the Universe

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is currently being built in the Chilean Andes. The 3.2 billion pixels telescope will be used by an international team of astronomers to take images of the sky that each cover over 40 times the area of the moon, building up a survey of the entire visible sky in just three nights. Billions of galaxies, stars and solar system objects will be seen for the first time and monitored over ten years in what will be the first motion picture of our Universe, being dubbed the ‘greatest movie ever made’. The Science and Technology Facilities Council today (Thursday 19 May) confirmed that Queen’s Astrophysics Research Centre will play a leading role in the UK’s participation in the LSST project. Professor Stephen Smartt, Director of Queen’s Astrophysics Research Centre, said: “Experts from Queen’s will lead the UK effort to find distant supernovae – exploding death stars – which hold the key to understanding the origin of the chemical elements of the periodic table and the size and geometry of the Universe. “We will also lead the search for asteroids and comets, including potentially hazardous asteroids that may pose a threat to Earth. We will also use LSST to search for new and distant planets that lie beyond Pluto, over 4 billion kilometres away from Earth. “Queen’s has received significant funding from the Science and Technologies Facilities Council for this project, which is testament to our world-class research capabilities in this area. Queen’s Astrophysics Research Centre is renowned globally for its expertise in looking at the time variable sky. We have been using the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii for many years to discover things that flash, explode or move quickly across the sky. The LSST will define our surveys of the sky for the next twenty years and we are delighted to be part of the discoveries it will make.” Steven Kahn, the LSST Director said: “I am delighted that STFC is supporting UK participation in LSST. It is great to see UK astronomers engaging in preparation for LSST, and we look forward to seeing our collaboration develop over the coming years. LSST will be one of the foremost astronomy projects in the next decades and the UK astronomical community will contribute strongly to its success. The telescope is being built in the Chilean Andes. Conditions there are some of the driest on Earth, making it the ideal position for observing.” The telescope will achieve first light in 2020 and its main sky survey will begin in 2022. When it starts operating, t will generate one of the largest scientific datasets in the World. It will form an overall view of the Universe: billions of objects will be imaged in six colours, spanning a volume of the Universe that is larger than any previously explored. The unique feature of the LSST is that each of its images covers a large area of sky to a depth that captures faint objects, and the speed at which it takes these images.  

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