University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and UCLan Biomedical Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. (UBTSL) held their second Symposium on Nanotechnology in Health and Environment 2013, at Shenzhen Virtual University Park (SZVUP) Building on 22 Nov, 2013. This event successfully followed on from the inaugural event held by UBTSL on 20 Nov, 2012.
The conference brought together Dr. Graham Baldwin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UCLan and the Director of UBTSL, Madam Liu Ming, Head of Science and Innovation, UK Consulate of General Guangzhou, Madam Tan Chunli, Deputy Director of Beijing Building Materials Academy and the Director of National Security & Quality Supervision and Testing Center for Building Materials and Fire Safety Products, Associate Prof. He Jin, Sichuan Fire Institute of Ministry of Public Security, Madam Wang Ning, Director of SZVUP, Professors from partners universities, Fudan University, Sichuan University, University of Science and Technology of China, a representative from the British Chamber of Commerce, a representative from the China-British Business Council, representatives from SZVUP member universities, as well as representatives and companies from co-organizer Shenzhen Life Science and Biotechnology Association and other organisations.
The format of this year’s symposium was different from last year in that it was split into three sessions to allow more in-depth discussion of the results of the research projects between UK and Chinese partners. The sessions were: 1: Nano-medicine delivery and computation, 2: Fire toxicity and measurement, and 3: Water treatment: nanocomposites for the treatment of industrial and municipal sewage water. Besides the professors from UCLan and its research partners making speeches, an industrial partner from UK also joined the proceedings via Skype. In addition, UBTSL also invited relevant research institutes, companies from industry to talk about their technology demands, which provided a good opportunity for both parties who provide and demand technology to learn about mutual requirements. This communication platform will be very useful for future collaborations.
Senior Directors from UCLan were delighted with the progress made in the symposium discussions. UCLan is keen to work with Chinese partners across academic and industrial organisation to continue to develop the key technologies that are being researched. In time is hoped that UCLan and its partners will be able to apply the technologies in both Chinese and international markets, showing the benefits of international collaboration. The UBTSL office in Shenzhen Virtual University Park is recognised as a key part of that aspiration, providing a base for research coordination and technology transfer going forward.