University equipment sharing databases were a response to new grant funding requirements, but Chris Wilkinson reports that the University of Cambridge’s database is taking on added significance in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Researchers from across Science and Engineering South (SES) member institutions have joined the international response to the coronavirus in an effort to develop treatments, vaccinations and protect communities. The science and medical research communities are collaborating on what has been described as an unprecedented scale.
Joining the consortium in February 2020, Rosie Niven will be based at University College London (UCL) and will manage Science and Engineering South’s communication channels. She will combine this role with working as University Liaison Manager for UCL at the Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.
Researchers across the Science and Engineering South Consortium are to share the benefits of a £30m investment in advanced supercomputing services. The funding will support seven High Performance Computing (HPC) services run by universities from across the UK, including the SES members UCL, Oxford and Cambridge. Together, the three HPC services led by SES institutions will receive £14 million of the funding from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council.
A whole array of game-changing, life-shaping technologies, from long-distance telecommunications to laser surgery, have a key component in common: fibre optics that carry pulses of light to their destination at incredible speed. A University of Southampton team are now focusing on the next big step forward – hollow-core fibres (HCFs) – and last year shattered a longstanding world record to push the capabilities of these to a new level.