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Professor H Thimbleby EP/I00145X/1 - Swansea University :: Bringing People Together

Principal Investigator - College of Science, Swansea University

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Professor HV Bowen, Co InvestigatorProfessor HV Bowen

Professor M Charlton, Co InvestigatorProfessor M Charlton

Professor H Fulton, Co InvestigatorProfessor H Fulton

Professor T Murray, Co InvestigatorProfessor T Murray

Professor JE Phillips, Co InvestigatorProfessor JE Phillips

Professor V Roeben, Co InvestigatorProfessor V Roeben

Professor JV Tucker, Co InvestigatorProfessor JV Tucker

Professor PR Williams, Co InvestigatorProfessor PR Williams


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From the effects of climate change to the needs and aspirations of an ageing population, the world faces many challenges and opportunities. Addressing them requires new paradigms in debate and action, which cross the boundaries between the scientific and technical and the political and social. Preparing for and delivering these new paradigms requires fresh thinking, modes of connection and communication. At its most fundamental, this is what this Swansea University Bridging the Gaps (BTG) programme is setting out to attack. By short-circuiting the boundaries between disciplines, we will engage researchers in an exciting, innovative, grass-roots driven, cross-disciplinary initiative to begin the process of facing up to the profound physical, economic and social challenges that lie ahead. Activities will span from an appreciation of our scientific heritage, to the participation of citizens in the culture and economy of the future, driven by emerging scientific and technological advances. The Swansea BTG programme, by combining strengths in Science and Engineering with those across Social Studies, Law and the Humanities, anticipates the interplay between these agendas within a framework extending from the physics of quantum dots to the legal implications of nano-engineered medicines, from the physics of glacier melting to the implications of climate change for society, and from advanced mobile technology to using it to spread stories.Our BTG programme will be achieved within a clear developmental framework in which research mentoring and coaching of staff and students eligible for BTG funding will be proactively encouraged. Our approach, which will contain support elements at individual, team and cohort level, will in particular ensure that Early Career Researchers, and researchers unfamiliar with collaborative working, can be effectively engaged. Swansea University has a vibrant campus environment capable of fostering strong and enduring cross-disciplinary links, and has already done so with great success across the Science and Engineering boundary. This BTG programme will significantly extend and broaden the progress across other frontiers. It is exciting that it will take place in the context of a University-wide transformational change, with the building of a new campus in Swansea. The new campus, and the associated reconfiguration of the physical and institutional architecture, is also being designed to promote a profound change in research culture that will put collaboration and cross-disciplinarity at the very heart of all University research and aspirations. Thus, the timeliness of our BTG proposal could not be better. The University has already seedcorn-funded cross-campus BTG activity with a 15k starter award, and it is committed to sustaining it, throughout, and beyond, the lifetime of the BTG programme. The recent call for cross-disciplinary proposals against the seedcorn fund produced a plethora of worthwhile, innovative ideas, demonstrating the willingness of colleagues to participate.Our BTG programme recognises the critical nature of high quality, tangible dissemination within, and beyond, the University and it is fully committed to achieve this. We will, for example, organise public poster displays, exhibitions and public lectures, some of which will take place in our unique Taliesin Arts Centre. Resident artists will further make our outputs visible, challenging and inspiring, to both diverse academics across disciplines and to the general public. We will organise events within the University to celebrate our BTG successes.

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Name: Swansea University :: Bringing People Together - EP/I00145X/1
Start Date: 2010-10-01T00:00:00+00:00
End Date: 2013-09-30T00:00:00+00:00

Organization: Swansea University

Description: From the effects of climate change to the needs and aspirations of an ageing population, the world faces many challenges and opportunities. Addressing them requires new paradigms in debate and action, which cross the boundaries between the scientific and t ...