First Auld Alliance Meeting in Edinburgh [fr]
The first Auld Alliance Strategy Meeting took place on 2-3 September 2019 at the Institut Français d’Ecosse (Edinburgh). This workshop gathered French and Scottish researchers who were granted the Auld Alliance funding delivered by the Higher Education, Research & Innovation Department of the French Embassy in London, after winning the call for applications.
Thanks to funding granted via the Franco-Scottish strategy meeting Auld Alliance call, Dr Melanie Jimenez (Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, University of Glasgow) and Dr Micheline Abbas (Associate professor, University of Toulouse) were invited to organise a workshop at the Institut Français d’Ecosse (Edinburgh) to connect researchers based in Scotland and France. The workshop’s topic was: "Engineering miniaturised analytical devices to tackle the challenge of antimicrobial resistance, a multi-disciplinary approach"
The meeting – facilitated by Science and Technology Counsellor Dr Jean Arlat – was very fruitful, offering a unique breadth of expertise with researchers from the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh, four different laboratories from the University of Toulouse (IMFT, LGC, TBI and ICA) as well as industry (uFraction8).
Day 2 was focused on developing a framework for a future joint funding application (targeting European calls) to tackle important engineering challenges.
Beyond this joint application, the format of the meeting enabled several innovative and interdisciplinary projects to blossom, which will lead in the coming months to additional discussions, visits and potential joint student projects.