It has been a great privilege to be Vice-Provost (Enterprise) at UCL and inevitably as I pack my bags to make the long trip from Gordon Street to the Wellcome Trust on Euston Road, I have been reflecting on the last five years. So much has changed and so much has been achieved by UCL.
Russian Space Mission to UK Results in Agreement on Collaboration
22 February 2011
Further to discussions relating to the encouragement of Space Science research links between the UK and Russia, the ISTC
(International Science and Technology Centre, Moscow), has generously
supported a visit to London by a group of leading Russian space
scientists, resulting in the signing of an important Memorandum of
The purpose of the visit was to foster new research relationships between the UK and Russia, and to provide additional support to committed projects. The British Embassy in Moscow fully supported the visit, and the Deputy Head of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, also forged closer ties with UCL during the visit.
The three-day agenda of the visit included presentations by Russian Scientists on Space Medicine, Satellite Communication Technologies, Optics & Instrument Systems, Monitoring and Natural Disasters, Robotics & Cybernetics and Microgravitation.
The visit surpassed all expectations, resulting in a number of successes. In addition to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, as a result of the trip there is already funding in place to start research projects.
The event came about as a direct result of the partnership which Dr Anna Clark developed with ISTC, and followed on from a number of other partnership activities involving the Gagarin Advocacy Group and UCL's key role in the visit of the Deputy Head of Roscosmos to London in June.
Group shot after signing of MoU of Russian Scientists with Prof. Steve Caddick, Prof. Alan Smith, Dr Vtaly Chmyrev, Institute of Physics of the Earth; Dr Boris Spasskiy, Russian State Research Centre for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics; Prof. Alan Smith, UCL Director of MSSL; Prof. Stephen Caddick, UCL Vice-Provost (Enterprise); Dr Vadim Gushin, Institute of Biomedical Problems; Dr Igor Ushakov, Academician & Director of Institute of Biomedical Problems; Vladimir Zaborovsky, Institute for Robotics & Technical Cybernetics; Dr Tatiana Ryzhova, Senior Project Manager ISTC; Steve Bourne, Communications and External Relations Division Manager, ISTC.
Prof. Alan Smith, Director of MSSL and Prof. Steve Caddick, Vice-Provost (Enterprise) signing the Memorandum of Understanding for UCL.
Yuri Gagarin Celebrations at the House of Commons
June 10th there was a House of Commons launch of the Yuri Gagarin
Celebrations 2011, organised by the Space Education Trust and the
Parliamentary Space Committee – celebrating 50 years of Human
Spaceflight. The celebration includes an exhibition at the Science
Museum London, Space Science research project and a range of activities
for schools and space enthusiasts.
Find out more at the event website: YuriGagarin50.org
For further information, visit the ISTC website