November 28th- 29th 2017
DCU and University South Australia discuss sensing technologies
The presence of established channels that allow effective communication, stable partnerships and large networks between academics enables the flow of critical information among them. Such networking and cooperation are extremely valuable for sharing information on new approaches and resources but also acquiring (UniSA) specialised and new expertise. The increase in international university collaborations can be seen in the fact that 1 in 5 world research papers are co-authored internationally. The importance of these collaborations can be seen by Dublin City University (DCU) and University of South Australia (UniSA) which was expressed at a sensor workshop held in DCU at the end of November, 2017.
DCU and UniSA are both young universities with a lot of innovative research being carried out in both institutions. It was seen that the facilities provided by both universities were complimentary which would give a great opportunities for both universities to take advantage of each-others facilities. It was clear from the discussions how the two universities complimented each other and could strongly see the two universities working together going forward in the future.
Water sensing is a theme along with fundamental materials development and device manufacture.
Prof. Fiona Regan, director of the Water Institute (WI) opened the two day event by welcoming members from both DCU and UniSA. Fiona spoke about the work which the WI has completed to date, current projects and gave an insight as to where she hopes to see the WI in the future. Followed by Fiona was Prof. Robert Forster who is the director of the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR).
Robert gave a welcome to all attendees on behalf of the NCSR and spoke about the current projects in the NCSR such as biofouling techniques, remote video sensing, separation methods and microfluidics. Robert continued on to introduce each of the PI’s involved in the NCSR and there area of expertise. Prof. Christopher Saint proceeded to give a presentation on UNISA and spoke about the facilities they have across their various campuses. He spoke about the importance of water, energy and water reuse. He highlighted how UniSA are helping to overcome the water drought which occurs in South Australia in very hot conditions.