Portsmouth research nominated for European Award

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Now you can cast your vote for your favourite project

  • 22 July 2022
  • 2 min read

A number of University of Portsmouth research projects have been nominated for a European research award.

The wide-ranging projects include improving cancer diagnosis, smart lighting systems, renewable and solar energy technologies and sustainable horticulture.

They are all funded by Interreg 2 Seas, a European Union research programme facilitating cross-border cooperation between England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium.

For the Interreg 2 Seas Annual Event, each project has produced a video to demonstrate their cross-border cooperation achievements. Now, it is your chance to vote for your favourite one.

You can discover the different projects and cast your vote before 31 August here.

The results will be announced at the Interreg 2 Seas Annual Event in The Hague on 29 and 30 September.

It is fantastic to see so many of our research projects nominated for this award. Funding through EU research programmes has made a crucial contribution to our world-leading and internationally-recognised research, as evidenced by these projects.

Professor Jeremy Howells, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

The nominated projects are:

• The Cooperative Brachytherapy (CoBra) project aims to improve the quality of both diagnosis and treatment of localised cancers by developing a new medical robot prototype for brachytherapy and biopsy guided by CTs or MRIs scanners.

• The Smart Light Concepts (SLIC) project is looking for solutions that will help reduce CO2 emissions from public lighting.

• The New Energy and REsources from Urban Sanitation (NEREUS) project works to transform wastewater into reusable water, valuable resources and energy.

• The SOLARISE project demonstrates the implementation of new solar energy and storage technologies across a variety of environments, households, and buildings.

• The Horti-BlueC project will develop solutions for sustainable growing in greenhouse horticulture and explore upcycling shellfish waste and green waste to save resources and reduce CO2 emissions from greenhouse horticulture.

Professor Jeremy Howells, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Portsmouth, said: “It is fantastic to see so many of our research projects nominated for this award. Funding through EU research programmes has made a crucial contribution to our world-leading and internationally-recognised research, as evidenced by these projects.

“Whether the UK participates in Horizon Europe or not, these research projects show the importance of meaningful research funding to addressing big societal challenges like climate change or cancer. If the UK is to continue to lead the world in addressing societal challenges, we need generous funding schemes for high-quality research.”