Supporting international conferences
17 September 2013
Information Services' videoconferencing teams support a range of events throughout the year, connecting academics and researchers from around the globe.
The team recently supported the inaugural, six-month review meeting of the PCATDES consortium, a European-funded 'FP7' project led by the School of Chemistry, Cardiff University, which involves ten global partners from the UK, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. PCATDES aims to develop a cost-effective, photo catalytic, solar powered waste water treatment system.
The PCATDES collaboration aims to develop prototype photo catalytic reactors for deployment in remote areas in Europe and Asia, where access to infrastructure is limited. It is hoped that this work will help to clean up pollutants from waste water associated with small scale, industrial activities, such as fisheries and palm oil production. The potential global impact of this type of water pollution is reflected in the European Commission's decision to involve and support research teams from both ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries and Europe. It is anticipated that the close collaboration and sharing of expertise between centres of excellence will generate new knowledge about photo catalytic materials and processes.
Using Information Services' videoconferencing facilities at the Railway Room in Park Place, the PCATDES team enjoyed the full 'virtual' conferencing experience. The Project Coordinator, Dr Phil Davies, chaired a two hour session that started and finished on time, with smooth link ups and a fully interactive session. Delegates remotely presented progress on their work packages, participated in several question and answer sessions, and outlined their future project activity.
"A very good virtual conference, with positive feedback from delegates", said Nigel Pearson, Research Project Officer (PCATDES Project) and Conference Organiser. "With contributions from two continents, seven countries and several time zones, the Cardiff University Videoconferencing Team did a superb job of linking everyone up. Thanks to thorough testing and excellent pre-planning, the system was easy to use and the whole session ran very smoothly. Thank you very much from the PCATDES team."
Tim James, Heath Service Delivery Manager, said: "The University's videoconferencing facilities are uniquely positioned to help support such international collaborations. Our experience with the PCATDES team illustrates just how important such 'virtual' collaboration is to Cardiff University's international research agenda."