CNBP recently celebrated a successful partner launch with the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, UK – the launch taking place on the 21st May 2015.
Hosted by Partner Investigator Gilberto Brambilla (Professor at the ORC) and Jo Nesbitt, (Southampton University – Director of International Relations), the launch consisted of seminars, boardroom discussions and the formal unveiling of a CNBP Partner plaque with CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson and CNBP RMIT node leader Brant Gibson in attendance.
Known as one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research, the ORC are a formal partner of the CNBP, dedicating significant staff time and a PhD student to Centre related activities.
CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson was enthusiastic following the event.
“We met with some amazing people, strengthened our partner relationship with the ORC and talked huge amounts of science.”
“Other positive outcomes included identifying new partner funding opportunities, brainstorming some new ideas for specific projects, as well as boardroom discussions with a view to understanding where both parties can cross fertilize together on projects”.
As a part of launch activity, both Hutchinson and Gibson gave seminars on their specific CNBP related activities and undertook a wide range of conversations, looking to increase linkages between CNBP and OCR researchers to determine projects where shared expertise would be beneficial.