Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, met with i-sense Director, Professor Rachel McKendry, during his visit to UCL today.
i-sense was chosen for this showcase event during Commissioner Moedas' first visit to the UK, since being appointed.
Commissioner Moedas held a meeting with the President & Provost of UCL, Professor Michael Arthur, before visiting the London Centre of Nanotechnology (LCN), where i-sense's main office and the McKendry group are based.
During his visit, he was presented with the i-sense vision to develop global early warning systems for infectious diseases using mobile phone-connected tests and web data. Opportunities to extend these technologies with European partners were also discussed.
Professor Desmond McMorrow, Director of the LCN, said:
We very much hope that Commissioner Moedas enjoyed his visit. It was an honour to be given the opportunity to highlight some of the fantastic research performed in the LCN, and to describe the unique opportunities it enjoys as a nanotechnology centre in one of Europe's most research intensive city quarters".
Following Commissioner Moedas' UCL visit, he delivered a public lecture at the Royal Society, presenting the European vision for science and research. The Commissioner spoke about ‘science without borders’, and the role of science as open, collaborative and a tool for diplomacy. You can view the full lecture here and read the Royal Society's accompanying blog post.