Queen Mary University London has jointly hosted a Sino-UK Symposium on Advanced Materials and Structures in China this week.
The symposium was a step in the direction of establishing a sustainable network of joint cooperation, as well as developing structured and productive sectoral partnerships.
It was also hoped that it the symposium would support technology commercialisation of joint research and development projects.
Nine academics from the university presented at the symposium which was jointly hosted by Northwestern Polytechnic University, British Embassy Beijing, and Xi’an National Civil Aerospace Industrial Base.
The nine academics who attended were: Dr Stoyan Smoukov, Dr Steffi Krause, Dr Haixue Yan, Dr Dou Zhang, Dr PetraAgota Szilagyi, Dr Christian Nielsen, Dr Oliver Fenwick, Professor Vassili Toropov, Professor Mike Reece.
Professor Wen Wang, Vice-Principal and Executive Dean (Science & Engineering), said: “It is an honour to have nine academics from Queen Mary University of London speaking at the Sino-UK Symposium. This recognises Queen Mary as a leading institution within the field.”
Queen Mary and Northwestern Polytechnic University have a pre-existing joint research initiative in sciences and engineering which focuses on five areas.
In 2017, it was agreed that the two universities would focus their joint research on advanced ceramic materials, nano energy materials, functional polymers and composites, biomaterials and engineering, and material structure design and optimisation.
As part of the Belt and Road Initiative, the two universities also established a joint school based out of NPU called the Queen Mary University of London Engineering School, NPU.
The joint school was set up to provide high-quality trans-national education in the sciences to support the globalisation of the BRI.