LabFact Team Attended Channel Research Day: Impacting Normandy economy

Caen, 19 March 2019

The LabFact team were invited to present their project at the Channel Research Day held at Normandy University, introducing it to an array of influential political and institutional representatives from across the region.  Attendees of the meeting included

  • Dr. Jean ARLAT, Counsellor for Science and Technology at the French Embassy in London
  • M. François-Xavier PRIOLLAUD, Vice-President of European Affairs and International Relations in the Normandy Region
  • M. Lucas BOSSER, Senior Policy Officer – Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR)
  • M. Bruno BISSON, diplomatic advisor to Fabienne BUCCIO, Normandy
  • Mme Katherine HORNBY, Programme facilitator for Normandy – INTERREG VA France (Channel) England Joint Secretariat.

The event looked to build on past and current cross-Channel collaborations to develop new programmes with a positive impact on the region’s economy.  Several themes were reviewed including Biomedical Research, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Renewable Energy and Chemistry.

LabFact was represented at the Channel Research Day by Prof. Isabelle Chataigner, Prof. David Harrowven, Prof. Annie-Claude Gaumont, Prof. Julian Legros, Prof. Thierry Lequeux, Prof. Mark Bagley, Prof. Jacques Rouden, Dr. Eddy Viseux and Florian Lepage.  Professors Thierry Lequeux and David Harrowven promoted the chemistry theme, presenting details of the past and current collaborative project (ISCE:Chem, AI:Chem and LabFact) and how they have made a positive impact on the region’s economy.   In particular, LabFact’s collaborations with regional SMEs provide opportunities to:

  • Produce original molecular scaffolds of relevance to their industry
  • Develop clean chemistry techniques for compound manufacture
  • Training opportunities in innovative synthesis methods and equipment
  • Networking and cross-channel liaison opportunities