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Newton British Council/NNSFC Researcher Links Workshop: Healthcare Technologies for Aging Populations

6-8 December 2016, Chengdu, China

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Under the British Council Researcher Links scheme within the Newton Fund, the University of Bradford and Sichuan University will be holding a workshop on the above theme in Sichuan University, Chengdu, China on 6-8 December 2016.

The workshop is being led by Professor Phil Coates, Director of the Polymer IRC Laboratories of University of Bradford and Professor Hesheng Xia, Deputy Director of the State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering of China, Sichuan University.

Building on our strong UK-China network (Science Bridges China and UK-China AMRI) the workshop aims to address growing healthcare needs of ageing populations in China and the UK, inlcuing affordable medical technology for enhanced mobility, and the secondary area of drug delivery techniques suited to elderly patients.

17 UK and 20 Chinese Early Career Researchers will participate, with mentors from the UK and China and other participants.

The University of Bradford and the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices (MeDe Innovation - are sponsoring up to 8 Researcher Exchanges - collaborations which can be bid for by ECR attendees at the Workshop.  These will be of value up to £1.8k for up to one month of a research exchange which will bring a Chinese researcher to Bradford and/or one of the other MeDe Universities (Leeds, Bradford, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield), with potential collaboration with other universities, according to the UK applicants. The Exchange has to be undertaken by the end of September 2017.


Draft Programme:


Tuesday 6 December


Welcome and Strategy Session - senior speakers


Keynote addresses - mentors


ECR ‘elevator pitches’ - short presentations


Posters available to view at all breaks


Wednesday 7 December


Keynote addresses - mentors


ECR ‘elevator pitches’ - short presentations


Proposals seminar/ funding schemes/ proposal writing


Workshop to develop proposals for research exchanges & collaborations


Posters available to view throughout


Thursday 8 December


External visits


Come together session


Close of Workshop