Scotland Showcases Chemical Industry Excellence, Growth Plans at Informex 2009
Scottish government and industry launches new PhD initiative to support
Chemical Sciences Scotland, a partnership between leaders from the chemicals industry, universities, colleges, stakeholder groups and Scottish Development International, plans to use the event to showcase collaboration between the country's world-class university research and its expanding chemical business sector. Scotland's chemical industry includes global companies such as Ciba, Dupont, Organon, Syngenta and Dow, as well as innovative Scottish firms Nitech, Equateq and Aboleo, who will be present at Informex.
In the first groundbreaking initiative of 2009, Chemical Sciences Scotland, ScotCHEM, and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) announced the creation of 31 new PhD studentships in Chemistry to work on challenges and opportunities identified by Scotland's chemical industry.
The PhD students will split their time between industry and university placements at the seven universities involved in ScotCHEM;
"The partnership between universities and the chemicals industry helps to foster closer ties between Scotland's outstanding chemistry research community and its successful chemical industry," said
The PhD studentship program will build on Scotland's proven record for producing high-quality graduates and technicians skilled in the chemical sciences. The thriving chemical research and university education sector had several universities ranked as "world-leading" in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), an independent review that assessed the standard of research across universities, Chemical Sciences Scotland said.
"While we have already demonstrated leadership in chemical sciences," said
In a sign of the growth of Scotland's chemicals sector, 2009 will see the nation convene high profile international audiences at the Chemical Industry Awards in
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SOURCE Scottish Enterprise