Wednesday 08 July 2020 - 16.00
Online event in Microsoft Teams

As part of our #AtHome with the British Council programme, we are organising a series of Higher Education dialogues which will help you connect with colleagues from around the world and share your experience. 

The topic of the discussion is ‘How can academic relationships flourish when there is less physical mobility? ’ 

Universities grow stronger by enhancing knowledge exchange and collaboration with their counterparts domestically and internationally.  

  • In a world with less physical mobility, how can we continue to support international academic collaboration? 
  • Will the world's databases be open to more groups of scientists and researchers as a result of COVID-19?  

Join us to explore the different ways universities, scientists, and researchers can still work closely together, even in times when travel is limited. The panel will answer your questions live during the session.

About the speakers                                                       

Prof. Carole Mundell - Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA), Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She is Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy, Head of Astrophysics at the University of Bath and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. A world-leading scientist, she is a frequent guest speaker at international conferences. She sits on a number of strategic advisory panels for UK and international groups, is a committed communicator of science, and is an advocate for diversity in science. 

Timothy Brundle - Director of Research & Impact, Ulster University. Timothy directs Ulster’s research strategy, governance and administration, and guides its commercial output through knowledge transfer and intellectual property commercialisation. He also holds the position of CEO of Innovation Ulster Ltd, Ulster University’s award-winning venturing and investment company.  

Aliya Sembayeva - Founder and President of Kazakhstan PhD Association, a non-profit interdisciplinary organization of 100+ Kazakhstani PhD researchers in the UK, aiming to facilitate the interaction of scientists of the two countries. 

Prof. Andrea Nolan - Principal & Vice Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University. Andrea is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and an honorary life member of the Association for Veterinary Teachers & Research Workers.  She was awarded an honorary OBE in 2014 for services to Higher Education and Veterinary Science. 

Moderator Dan Shah - Director Research Policy and Insight, British Council. Dan leads the British Council’s Research and Policy Insight function to pursue a strategic programme of research underpinning and supporting the organisation’s cultural relations vision and mission, from Arts to Education and the English Language.

Once a week, every week, Higher Education professionals will be brought together to exchange knowledge and ideas on different topics. Come back and tune in to find out more, the series is free of charge.