Launch of the Sêr Cymru National Research Networks at Bangor
On Thursday the 13th of March, the Environment Centre for Wales at Bangor hosted the official launch of the three Sêr Cymru National Research Networks. Edwina Hart, the Minster Economy, Science and Transport, announced the £21M funding for the three Networks at this successful event that welcomed the Chief Scientific Advisor for Wales, and representatives from all three Networks, Welsh Universities, Research Councils and industry.
Speaking at the launch, Edwina Hart said: “Science and innovation are key pillars of a thriving economy. Boosting our science research capability is vital to improving our economic wellbeing and securing a more prosperous future for Wales. Researchers in Wales are amongst the best in the world for the sums invested. The Sêr Cymru Networks seek to increase that investment in Welsh science by supporting and growing research excellence.”
Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales, Professor Julie Williams said: “As the Elsevier report demonstrated we already have excellent, high quality research taking place here in Wales but we need more of it. These networks will help us achieve that in areas that have the potential to create long-term, lasting economic and social benefits for Wales and beyond.”
The Sêr Cymru National Research Networks address global challenges in the fields Low Carbon, Energy and the Environment, (led through the Aberystwyth-Bangor Strategic Alliance), Life Sciences and Health (led by Cardiff) and Advanced Engineering and New Materials (led by Swansea). We were very pleased to be able to welcome everyone to Bangor and look forward to working together to address these scientific challenges over the years to come.
News coverage of the event:
BBC Wales: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-26548805
Publication date: 14 March 2014