• Study of Matter continues to strengthen Research Collaborations with Portugal
    Frederico Lyra (Science Attache at the British Embassy in Lisbon), Philip King (ISIS), Roger Eccleston (ISIS), Joaquim Agostinho (Porto), José Amaral Lopes (FCT national contact point at the Portugal in Europe Research and Innovation Network), and Vicky Garcia Sakai (ISIS). (Credit: STFC)

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Study of Matter continues to strengthen Research Collaborations with Portugal

Mar 24 2022

A recent visit to Portugal brought delegates from the UK’s ISIS Neutron and Muon source together with representatives from the British Embassy in Portugal, the Foundation for Science and Technology and the Neutrons & Muons in Portugal (NeMPo) group, to celebrate the existing relationship and strengthen scientific collaborations between the two countries in important experimental techniques for the study of matter. The visit aimed to explore opportunities for future research and industry collaborations using the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory’s ISIS facility and also training opportunities for young people in associated technology.

Speaking at the gathering Maria Paula Marques (University of Coimbra) and J Agostinho Moreira (University of Porto), NeMPo Coordinators, commented: “This is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and build bridges between FCT and the ISIS Facility, which has been fostered in recent years by NeMPo and the British Embassy in Portugal, following the interest shown by the ISIS Facility. The aim is to establish future partnerships that will certainly be of great interest to our country - not only from an academic point of view (scientific collaboration and training of human resources) but also for the Portuguese industrial fabric. 

Also present were José Paulo Esperança, Vice President of FCT and Hugo Marques, Head of Economics & Prosperity, British Embassy in Lisbon, who both welcomed the strong support and collaboration between the two countries, important for addressing the biggest challenges of our time.

Prof Roger Eccleston, Director of the ISIS Neutron & Muon Source, said, “This is an excellent opportunity to develop our partnership with our Portuguese colleagues. Portuguese science at ISIS has always been strong – from semiconductor studies using muons to cancer treatment work or forensic-related explorations using neutrons – and cementing further collaboration will bring benefits to ISIS and its science programme. We are looking forward to continuing to work with our friends from Portugal on excellent science into the future."

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