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A formal opening of the Advanced Materials Laboratory recently took place at The University of Birmingham, School of Chemical Engineering.

The event showcased the considerable research expertise and facilities available from the Birmingham Science City Research Alliance to an Industrial audience that included companies such as Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, Unilever, Proctor and Gamble, 3M, DuPont, Sandvik.

The Advanced Materials Project is part of a larger investment by Advantage West Midlands and ERDF in the research infrastructure of the West Midlands region, which unites the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick in a strategic research partnership – the Science City Research Alliance (SCRA) – originally formed under the Birmingham Science City initiative.

The event was created to stimulate interaction and support the development of relationships between the industrial participants and key Academics from across the Universities of Warwick and Birmingham.

Dr. Tim Clipsham, Senior Technologist, Morgan Technical Ceramics, commented, ‘I am sure many positive interactions will come from contacts made between industry and academia as a result of this event’.

Notes to Editors:
About The Science City Research Alliance (SCRA)
Formed as part of the Birmingham Science City Initiative, SCRA is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick providing world-leading research and knowledge support across three major platforms: advanced materials, energy futures and translational medicine.

About Birmingham Science City
Birmingham Science City is a region-wide partnership of public sector, businesses and the research base, which is facilitating the use of science and technology to improve the quality of life and prosperity of the West Midlands. Funded by Advantage West Midlands, Birmingham Science City’s aim is to create strategies to exploit centres of world-class scientific research, by developing relevant activities for sustainable economic and social benefit.