Aston, Novosibirsk plan photonics research centre
The new collaboration signed between Aston University and Novosibirsk State University is planning to establish the Aston-NSU International Centre for Photonics in Novosibirsk.
The partnership was presented at the 11th Ministerial UK Russia Joint Committee on Science & Technology Cooperation 2013-2015 at the Royal Society in London at which a Joint Statement on enhanced cooperation in science, higher education and innovation was signed between Minister Vince Cable and Minister Livanov, Russia’s Minister for Education and Science.
According to Aston University, the main areas of the partnership will include:
- The development of applications for joint research funding for projects across the UK, Russia, EU and worldwide
- Joint experimental and theoretical research publications in photonics for international and high impact journals
- PhD student exchanges and undergraduate/postgraduate research opportunities
- Joint scientific seminars and workshops; public engagement and outreach activities
- Discussion and possible developments of double/joint research MSc and PhD degrees
“The development of a joint research centre between two world-leading research teams, will increase our research capacity and will provide access to advanced laser science knowledge, technologies, facilities and infrastructure,” said Professor Sergei Turitsyn, from Aston University’s photonics research team (pictured).
“The centre will operate as a distributed laboratory with locations in UK and Russia. It is an outstanding link up which will advance our capabilities in laser technologies with positive impact on our research in long distance communications, medical sensing devices and fibre-laser science among others.”
“Photonics is undoubtedly a fast-growing field of research and innovation.Both the UK and Russia have a strong photonics manufacturing industry base and a number of high-tech companies in the photonics field,” said Dr Sergei Kobtsev from Novosibirsk State University. “Industry needs new knowledge-intensive photonics products and I anticipate that our Centre will play a key role in linking academic knowledge with practical technological and industrial applications.”
The Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) at Aston University has 70 active researchers, states the university, and is one of the largest group in photonics research in the UK.