Academic partnerships continue to shape future capabilities
Professor Simon Evetts and John Vickers continue discussions with leading UK universities to form a collaborative ‘Academic Partnership’ that underpins Blue Abyss’ future R&D and training capabilities.
In the first of a number of recent university meetings, Simon and John caught up with Dr Nick Caplan, Dr Andrew Winnard, Professor Greta Defeyter, and other key personnel from Northumbria University, Newcastle.
Sponsors of the recent Blue Abyss event at Cranfield University, Northumbria University has a burgeoning aerospace medicine and rehabilitation laboratory, and aims to conduct translational research in the fields of aviation medicine, space medicine, and terrestrial healthcare/rehabilitation.
Discussions concerning developing an academic, industrial relationship identified common themes of R&D and mutual interests. Steps for building our engagement in the months ahead were agreed upon, with both parties interested in establishing a formal partnership.
Dr Nick Caplan, Associate Professor of Musculoskeletal Health, said:
We understand the challenges in accessing space environments for research and development, and Blue Abyss will soon be able to provide these. We are excited about what the future holds for human spaceflight research in the UK, and here at Northumbria University, as we build a strong relationship with Blue Abyss.”
Professor Greta Defeyter, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning & Engagement, added:
Northumbria University, Newcastle, is committed to working in partnership and sees this as essential to support its ambition as a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence.”
Talks with the University also focused on securing Northumbria’s participation in a bid for a slice of the £3.5 billion HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) fund available to support academic industrial collaboration in research.
This coincides with a proposal recently submitted by a consortium led by Imperial College London and including Blue Abyss, for a share of a £40 million robotics hub R&D grant.
We continue to build mutually beneficial academic relationships with a number of leading R&D universities. These partnerships will support Blue Abyss’ promise to enable innovation in subsea and space operations and extreme environment research.
Main image courtesy of Northumbria University. From left, Dr Nick Caplan, Dr Andrew Winnard, Professor Simon Evetts.
SeaSpace Research, the commercial bridge
Professor Simon Evetts is Blue Abyss Space Operations Director and Managing Director of affiliate company, SeaSpace Research Ltd. Acting as a commercial bridge between academia, government and industry, SeaSpace will create an end-to-end pathway for its academic partners to take IP to market, whilst also identifying other markets for their R&D output. The research activities pursued will be performed using a mix of facilities and expertise available through the partner universities themselves and at Blue Abyss. The research undertaken by the Academic Partnership will also provide an opportunity for students to work on real-world projects as research assistants and interns, and will help to secure work placements for future students.
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