News from BEST Research Institute

23 May 2011

BEST Research Institute has been Awarded the First European Academia-Industrial Partnership.

The €750,000, MICRO-THERAPY project is a fully integrated interdisciplinary proposal which will develop a new area of competence in the project partners, LJMU, University of Rennes1 (France), ManRos Therapeutics (France) and Harvard University (USA). Professor Ahmed Al-Shamma’a, Director of BEST said:

"This is tremendous news highlighting the strength and depth of the School of the Built Environment multidisciplinary research activities at international level. This project brings together a powerful set of partners fully covering  the key aspects of microwave engineering, environment, energy, chemistry and biology to create new technology and sustainable technical and scientific expertise applicable to the energy and bio-pharmaceutical industry".

Liverpool Conference on the Built Environment and Natural Environment (BEAN) - the 6th Annual Conference held by the BEST Research Institute.

The Research Centre for the Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) was established at LJMU in 2006 and awarded Institute status in November 2010 in response to recent government, national and international agendas. The research landscape at the BEST Research Institute ranges from applied research, closely linked to medium-term industry requirements through to highly theoretical ‘blue-skies’ research, aimed at addressing longer-term needs of the industry knowledge base. Its research focuses on truly unique and multidisciplinary themes, including sustainable technologies, planning and development, construction and facilities management and radio frequency and microwave technologies in construction, healthcare, automotive, defence, manufacturing industries. The impact of this unique and excellent research is reflected in success stories at local, national and international levels covering social, environmental, health and economical values.

From individual prizes and research grant awards (EU, TSB, MoD, NWDA, NWUA, Carbon Trust) to research partners collectively from SMEs/large companies and international research groups, the stories cover an array of research areas. With BEST current research and enterprise growth of over 350% and 400% respectively, they have also provided research for business and enterprise partners from all sectors of business, industry, commerce, the public sector and policy makers via various successful KTPs and the establishment of three spin off companies have lead to direct support from industries on projects related to recycling and environmental and sustainable technologies.

Meanwhile, collaborative programmes have been established with a number of national and regional organisations such as Tarmac, UK-USA Ministry of Defence, Shell, Balfour Beatty, United Utilities and many European academic and industrial institutions.

Image of Chris Lupa receiving his prizeThe aim of the annual BEAN conference is to provide an internal mechanism to explore new research directions. The conference provides a sound platform for PhD students to present their annual progress and receive valuable feedback. The conference also provides a platform for staff to publish early research results and explore new research ideas with colleagues. The successful Conference, now in its sixth year, features various invited speakers at national and international level who present and share their research experience with the Institute Research staff and students.

Prizewinners on the day:                                     
Best Presenter – Joint Prize between Emma Mulliner and Chris Lupa
Best Research Paper – Daniel Domeher
Best Poster – Mamadou Dialllo

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Ben Herbert – Stopford Ltd
Leo Van Leeuwen – IFMEC
Professor Ahmed Al-Shamma’a – Director of the BEST Research Institute
Professor Andy Young – Director of Research
Image of group of Conference presenters
Pictured: Conference attendees and presenters outside the Peter Jost Centre
Pictured (top): Chris Lupa with Michael Riley, Director of the School of the Built Environment

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