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China honours Professor Phil Coates

Professor Phil Coates has been recognised with China’s highest award for a foreign scientist, one of only 6th British winners of the award in history.

Phil Coates, Professor of Polymer Engineering, received the International Science and Technology Cooperation Award from President Xi Jinping in a ceremony held in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. He then met with Chinese Vice Premier, Liu Yandong, for a further conversation.

The award is one of China’s State Science and Technology Prizes, first introduced in 1984, and represents the highest honour in the People's Republic of China for science and technology. They recognise citizens and organisations that have made significant contributions to scientific and technological progress, and promoted the development of science and technology.

This prestigious news was circulated to global contacts in early January (read the full press release) and has received UK and international press coverage, including two pieces in China Daily: UK scientist stresses importance of scientific collaboration with China and Xi honors UK professor with top science award. Chinese Central Television (CCTV) also came to Bradford in mid-January to interview Phil. The interview (broadcast on CCTV13) has been featured as part of the series of TV broadcasting for UK Prime Minister, Teresa May’s, visit to China at the end of January.

Professor John Bridgeman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer) said “I am delighted to learn of this award being made to one of the University’s leading academics. It is a well-deserved recognition of Phil’s outstanding research and leadership in the field of polymer engineering. It is also a hugely significant award for the University, further establishing our reputation as a world-leading technology university with influence and impact in one of the world’s largest and fastest growing economies.”

This award further showcases the fantastic international research strengths Bradford has and expands the celebration of Bradford’s connections with China highlighted in the December 2017 R&I Newsletter: ‘Relationships with China go from Strength to Strength’.