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Sussex boosts future research links at Hong Kong workshop

A 12-member delegation from the University’s Genome Damage and Stability Centre has this week travelled to Hong Kong to participate in a four-day workshop with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).

The Genome Damage and Stability workshop signifies the first phase of a potential long-term collaboration on research into understanding genome instability (a characteristic of most cancers) – a subject area in which Sussex enjoys a world-renowned reputation.

Partnerships with East Asian universities are a key part of the University’s international teaching and research strategy and our continuing strength in scientific innovation.

Professor of Genome Stability, Jessica Downs, is a member of the Hong Kong delegation. Professor Downs said: “This event is a great opportunity to network with other researchers that will be of long-term benefit going forward. The approaches used by scientists at HKUST and our Genome Centre complement each other beautifully, and we anticipate generating some exciting new ideas and research projects as a result of this workshop.”

As part of the trip to Hong Kong, Professor Downs and Director of the Genome Centre, Professor Antony Carr, spoke at a British Council roundtable event on women in science.

A mix of female and male panellists from Sussex and HKUST discussed topics such as professional and non-professional support available for female scientists and the impact of family life on work.

Sussex has made good progress in building links with universities in the region throughout 2015.

In March this year, the University signed a memorandum of understanding with Renmin University in Beijing - allowing Sussex students to attend the Renmin summer school and Renmin students to come to Sussex during term time.

In October, the School of Business, Management and Economics signed a memorandum of understanding with Renmin‘s Business School and announced a new research collaboration focusing on innovation management and entrepreneurship.

And earlier this month, the University signed a new student exchange agreement with the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen campus), building on an existing agreement with the same university’s Hong Kong campus and a new student exchange arrangement with Beijing Normal University.

Posted on behalf of: Genome Damage and Stability Centre
Last updated: Friday, 18 December 2015


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