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The Gianna Angelopoulos Programme

for Science Technology and Innovation

The Programme will be supporting activities in all areas of Physical Sciences and Technology which have high-impact potential for industry, the economy and society at large.

In the first instance, the Programme will commission projects in two of the strategic areas of research at the Cavendish Laboratory (The Department of Physics), namely Computational Multiphysics for advanced energy, aerospace, automotive and manufacturing applications, and Energy Materials and Devices for energy generation, storage, transmission and usage.

Computational Physics is at the forefront of this activity at the Maxwell Centre, supporting integrated research and teaching activity through the Laboratory for Scientific Computing and the academic programmes of the Centre for Scientific Computing. The Laboratory is working with automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, oil and gas and defence companies, on Multiphysics problems and applications. It is engaged with UK-national and international strategic research programmes and alliances such as the EPSRC- Jaguar Land Rover Programme for Simulation Innovation and the UoC- Boeing Research and Technology Strategic Alliance.

The backbones of the Academic Programmes are the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Computational Methods for Materials Science and the MPhil in Scientific Computing, which provide training on the development of new mathematical models, algorithms and code, and on the expert use of computational models for materials modelling at atomic, mesoscopic and continuum scales. The training and research on Computational Physics fulfils the vision of the Maxwell Centre by translating blue skies activities into research objectives relevant to economic opportunities for industry and society, and is perfectly aligned with the remit of the proposed Programme.

The University of Cambridge has an unparalleled history of innovation and achievement in developing new approaches to the energy and materials needs of modern society. From the world-renowned Cavendish Laboratory’s very first explorations of the atomic and sub-atomic arenas, to modern strengths in photo-voltaics, batteries, nanotechnology, biologically-inspired systems, superconductivity and optoelectronics, Cambridge is a recognised centre of world-leading expertise. The University takes a strategic approach to energy research. Energy at Cambridge, a University-wide initiative based at the Maxwell Centre, links the activities of over 250 academics working in energy research, at all career levels and across thirty departments and faculties.

Cambridge is one of the partners in the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials (HRI), whose role is to provide a national set of resources to support academic and industrial research. At Cambridge the HRI is based around the Maxwell Centre and it has substantial new research facilities. Some of these resources will play a big role in supporting the Cambridge part of the national Faraday Institution for Energy Storage Research.

The Maxwell Centre in Cambridge, established in 2016, has consolidated and strengthened the University’s relationships with major industrial partners and provides the ideal home for the Programme, where academic research and industrial application come together. The creative outlook of the Maxwell Centre encourages clear and open communication between scientists working in fundamental research and application development, and investors seeking next generation advanced technology opportunities.

The Gianna Angelopoulos Programme for Science, Technology and Innovation at Cambridge will therefore be able to draw on, and be a key part of, a comprehensive research capability and expertise operating at the highest levels of international excellence. In this context, the Programme will also become a portal to the full range of the University’s expertise, knowledge and talent.