Britain Snubs EU and Reaches Deal with US, Japan and Australia to Develop ‘Technology of Tomorrow’ | Sciences | News


The deal will see the UK working with NASA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, the Australian University of Sydney, Riken in Japan and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology in Germany. They will address a number of technological challenges, including monitoring Earth’s emissions and climate. The 12 projects are funded by a £ 17million investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

A team from Durham University, Imperial College London and the University of Oxford will also work with US collaborators on quantum computing.

They will use ultra-cold molecules as the building blocks of revolutionary technology.

Researchers from the universities of Sheffield, Strathclyde and Bath will work with scientists from Harvard and MIT to develop advanced visible light communications.

It is a new form of communications network that could provide three times the bandwidth of conventional WiFi or 5G.

Researchers from the University of Leeds will work with the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology in Germany and the Rosalind Franklin Institute.

They will develop a new, faster way to create better drugs to treat diseases ranging from cancer to infectious diseases.

A project team from Newcastle and Cardiff Universities in the UK will work with the University of Sydney and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia.

Their project aims to protect electric vehicles using the Internet against cyber attacks.

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Commenting on the new deal, he said: “From improving cancer treatment and generating clean growth to designing the communications networks of tomorrow, UK science, technology and innovation are developing pioneering solutions to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges.

“These 12 international projects will harness the expertise of the UK’s best global researchers and collaborators, helping us accelerate our path to an innovative nation and underscore our position as a scientific superpower.”

EPSRC Executive President Professor Dame Lynn Gladden added: “From better and cheaper drugs to powerful quantum computers and next-generation communication networks, these new technologies have the potential to transform the way we live.

“By bringing together world-renowned researchers to deliver groundbreaking scientific and technical solutions, these projects will generate an impact that will be felt throughout society. “


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