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New Director for Science City Research Alliance

The University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham are delighted to announce that Professor Chris McConville, from Warwick’s Department of Physics, has been appointed Director of the Science City Research Alliance (SCRA).Chris McConville

SCRA is a strategic research partnership between the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham with a specific remit to work with businesses across the region. It has benefited from a multi-million pound investment in equipment and research infrastructure across both institutions via Birmingham Science City. Professor McConville takes over the role which was previously held by Professor Pam Thomas who is now Chair of the Faculty of Science at the University of Warwick.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Resourcing at the University of Warwick, Professor Koen Lamberts said; “We are very pleased to announce that Professor McConville has been appointed Director. He has been involved in the Research Alliance since its inception and is well placed to coordinate the activities of the Alliance across the two institutions.”

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer at the University of Birmingham, Professor Adam Tickell said: “The Science City Research Alliance has already delivered tangible benefits for the West Midlands conducting much needed research in areas including translational medicine and future fuels.

“We are excited by Professor McConville’s appointment and believe his experience of working with the SCRA will help drive forward these important collaborative projects.”

Professor McConville said: “I am looking forward to leading the SCRA project, continuing to develop closer links between colleagues at Warwick and Birmingham and with local and national industries. The challenge of continuing to spread the Science City message remains extremely important, for both Universities and for the long-term sustainability of the project. I see encouraging this interaction, at all levels, as the key responsibility of the Director”.


For more information contact: Alison Rowan on 024 76 150423 or 07876 218166

Birmingham Science City is a region-wide partnership of public sector, businesses and the research base, which is facilitating the use of science and technology to improve the quality of life and prosperity of the West Midlands. Funded by Advantage West Midlands, Birmingham Science City’s aim is to create strategies to exploit centres of world-class scientific research, by developing relevant activities for sustainable economic and social benefit.