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UWTSD Part of UK-Turkey Year of Science and Innovation Celebration


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has participated in the launch of the UK-Turkey Year of Science and Innovation 2015-16 in Ankara.

Professor Peter Quantick, UWTSD Director of European Funding and Projects, and Dayne Hodgson, the University’s European Strategic Development Officer, joined a delegation of five universities from England and Scotland, the UK Government’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), Innovate UK, Research Councils UK and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

The 2015 UK-Turkey Year of Science and Innovation is the result of a joint initiative planned by the relevant institutions in the UK and Turkey, including the British Embassy, Department of Business Innovation and Skills; Turkish Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology and TUBITAK (the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) .

It will further boost the nations’ bilateral partnership and extend the long scientific cooperation between the UK and Turkey. The aim of the initiative is to promote mutual awareness of excellence in science and innovation, while strengthening and increasing collaboration between the two countries and fostering relationships between academic communities. The initiative will also provide an opportunity to share best practice in science-based policy making, and increase trade and investment links between UK and Turkey.

TUBITAK and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have already launched the Katip-Celebi – Newton Fund for joint research and innovation activities between Turkey and the UK. This funding, which runs until 2019, acts as a new source to strengthen collaboration in the area of Science and Innovation between the countries. The UK allocated £20million for the Katip Celebi - Newton Fund from 2014. Turkey committed to provide equal funding, reaching £40 million in total. The Fund has already made awards to forty researchers, worth £1.6 million.
Professor Quantick said: “Our invitation resulted from visits made last November by UWTSD to TUBITAK Marmara Research Centre, the Turkish Research Council’s Centre and the British Consulate in Istanbul to discuss opportunities for cooperation. The FCO, which made a contribution to funding the visit, has asked UWTSD to plan activities relating to the UK Turkey Year of Science and Innovation 2015-16”.

UWTSD has now been invited to present papers on the EU-funded Horizon 2020 programme and industrial involvement in Horizon 2020 in TUBITAK in May. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Professor Peter Quantick has a long association with TUBITAK as an external adviser on an EC Regional Potential Project, led by his former post doctorate researcher Professor Alasalvar, who is now the Director of the Food Institute in the Marmara Research Centre.
Professor Quantick’s links with the FCO originate from when he acted as UUK’s HEI representative attending a High Level Project Development meeting in Berlin in 2013 which was planning the EC Horizon 2020 Teaming and Twinning (Widening Participation) Programme.

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