Dr Kay Swinburne, MEP, strongly encouraged delegates at the Smart Specialization and Horizon 2020 workshop to take full advantage of the major funding opportunities available through the EU’s €80 billion Horizon 2020 programme of Research and Innovation funding.
Dr Swinburne chaired the afternoon session at the recent Smart Specialization and Horizon 2020 workshop at Cardiff’s SWALEC Stadium on 28th April 2014, at which she addressed an audience of academics, industry representatives and policy-makers.
During her address, Dr Swinburne also highlighted the £27m Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies (ASTUTE) project, a consortium of eight Welsh universities part funded through the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) from EU Structural Funds as the sort of activity that should be supported and extended as a Flagship programme.
ASTUTE aims to work with manufacturing firms across the Wales Convergence Region, enabling such firms to access specialist expertise and facilities through their involvement in collaborative R&D projects with academic partners.
A press release summarizing Dr Swinburne’s comments is available on the Welsh Conservatives website.
The ASTUTE-Cardiff project team, hosted by CAMSAC, has played a key role in ensuring that the Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies (ASTUTE) project received an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the stakeholder community in the recent independent Mid Term Evaluation of the project.
The project was described as “an exemplar of successful industry/academia collaboration.”
The full Mid Term Evaluation Report is available on the Welsh European Funding Office website.
Members of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems at Cardiff have recently been successful in securing around £250k of funding from industry, the Welsh Government, the EPSRC and the Technology Strategy Board to work in partnership with industry on two new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).
Professor Aris Syntetos will be working with Panalpina World Transport Ltd., one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions, to help them develop a demand-driven inventory-forecasting model to facilitate inventory reductions.
This second project will aim to design, develop, and implement business and manufacturing systems to support the full-service business models of manufacturing SMEs.
The Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems at Cardiff (CAMSAC) is proud of its strong track record of developing the next generation of researchers.
The Centre has recently been successful in supporting three of its early career academics towards success in winning EPSRC First Grant Awards.
Their projects are aimed respectively at:
- defining and measuring communication flexibility for smart logistics
- investigating an advanced modelling approach for micro EDM wear analysis
- researching new cost effective and scalable techniques for nano scale tooling.