SAMBa Partner Showcase: Bath Guildhall, 28 Feb 2023
09 March 2023

The Bath Guildhall provided a stunning backdrop for the SAMBa Partner Showcase on 28 February 2023. The event brought together industry representatives, academic staff, PhD researchers and alumni to celebrate achievements and identify areas for potential future work.

The SAMBa Partner Showcase brought together industry representatives, academic staff, PhD researchers and alumni to celebrate the collaborative research that has been undertaken since the SAMBa CDT was launched in 2014, and to identify areas for potential future work.

The Showcase provided an amazing platform not only to reflect on what a fantastic journey the last 8 years have been, but also to look forward to an exciting new chapter for SAMBa. It was wonderful to hear success stories from so many of the students, partners and staff we have worked with and to meet a variety of potential new collaborators.

SAMBa Co-Director, Dr Susie Douglas

Experiences of SAMBa

In the morning session, SAMBa alumna, Dr Lizzi Pitt, presented the SAMBa journey from a student perspective. Lizzi highlighted the value of the SAMBa training experience which is much broader than the PhD project itself. She explained the importance of the industrial partnerships experienced through ITTs and placements, and the diversity, interdisciplinarity and support of the student cohort. Dr Simon Bittleston (Ex-Schlumberger and a member of the SAMBa Advisory Board) shared his experiences of working with SAMBa and outlined the benefits of industrial engagement and the advantages of an ongoing partnership.

Potential future research

During the afternoon, we learned about the cutting-edge research being undertaken in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the research priorities and challenges of the organisations attending. This set the scene for meeting potential collaborators, discussing the topics presented and exploring ways of working together.

Case studies - successful research partnerships

In the final session, we heard three wonderful joint talks from successful SAMBa-industry partnerships. In each talk we learned how a high-level challenge brought to an Integrative Think Tank had developed into a successful long-term research collaboration with a range of outcomes and impact.

Speakers were:

  • Prof Paul Smith (Jacobs) and Prof Andreas Kyprianou (University of Warwick / SAMBa Co-Director 2014-22)
  • Dr Paul Quinn (Diamond Light Source) and Dr Silvia Gazzola (University of Bath)
  • Dr William Tillett (Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases) and Dr Adwaye Rambojun (GSK / SAMBa alumni)

Many thanks to Prof Sarah Hainsworth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) for opening the session and to Prof Jonathan Knight, Vice-President (Enterprise) for closing the event.

Further information

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