16 Mar 2010 00:00:00.000
The University of Nottingham’s world changing research based on the theme ‘Zero Carbon, Zero Waste’ will go on display at the next World Exposition, Shanghai Expo 2010.
The University is working with partners ZEDfactory — leading green architects and innovators in zero-carbon design and development — to showcase its research in the ZEDpavilion.
For 184 days, from May 1 to October 31, some 70 million visitors are expected to visit the Expo and many will have an opportunity to explore — through words, pictures and video — The University of Nottingham’s leading research in sustainability as part of a collaborative exhibition with ZEDfactory.
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Professor Chris Rudd, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Knowledge Transfer, said: “As a global university with campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, The University of Nottingham is thrilled to be a part of Shanghai Expo 2010 to showcase our world-changing research in sustainability.”
Since the first World Fair, held at Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London, in 1851, the national pavilions created by participating countries have been the main feature of these international events. The pavilion, located in the Urban Best Practice Zone at Shanghai Expo 2010, will be one of the many purpose-built pavilions featuring exhibitions by some 200 nations and organisations.
Bill Dunster, Managing Director, ZEDfactory, said: “Having worked with The University of Nottingham creating the low carbon but idyllic Jubilee Campus since 1996, perfecting solar cooling and dehumidification in the Department of the Built Environment and designing the Codes 4 and 6 Tarmac houses in the campus low carbon village, there is no doubt about the University’s commitment to a practical zero carbon waste future.
“ZEDfactory have built these years of collaboration into the Urban Best Practice demonstration legacy project at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, demonstrating that — with the best international partners — China can deliver some of the most innovative zero carbon urbanism in the world.”
Throughout the duration of Shanghai Expo the University will be holding a series of thought-provoking conferences, workshops and lectures in the pavilion on topics such as global food security, homes without carbon, eco-city planning and green business.
The University is also working in partnership with East Midlands Development Agency (emda). emda is helping to attract Chinese investment into the East Midlands through the work of the East Midlands China Business Bureau.
David Wallace, International and Innovation Director at emda, said: “China is the fastest growing of the world’s large economies. The opportunities, both in terms of investment from Chinese businesses and for trade with the country are enormous.
“The East Midlands, with its central location and world-class research, teaching and knowledge transfer environment is ideally placed to support highly productive and innovative businesses that use new technologies and processes.
“We have already seen a number of Asia-Pacific businesses choosing to invest here. At the Shanghai World Expo, The University of Nottingham and other partners will help to make Chinese businesses aware of the excellent work that takes place in the East Midlands and the benefits of investing in our region.”
Leading academics from The University of Nottingham will be in Shanghai to host a series of conferences, workshops and lectures in the pavilion on the following dates:
Thursday May 27 2010 — China's Sustainable Development
Wednesday June 2 2010 — Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
Saturday July 3 2010 — Drug Discovery
Monday July 12 2010 — MRI & Sustainable Health
Thursday July 15 2010 — Global Food Security
Monday July 19 2010 — Energy Day
Monday July 12 & Monday July 19 2010 — Chevening Young Leaders
Monday August 23 & Tuesday August 24 2010 — Eco-Urbanism: Towards Sustainable Living
Saturday August 28 2010 — Homes Without Carbon
Saturday August 28 and Sunday August 29 2010 — Sustainable Energy and Construction
Wednesday September 15 2010 — Rapid Social Change
Wednesday October 20 2010 — Alternative Energy: Hydrogen Storage
Visit our website for further details of the events programme: www.nottingham.ac.uk/shanghaiexpo2010
Visit the Shanghai Expo official site for details of how to find us and for more information on Shanghai Expo: http://en.expo2010.cn/
You will also find us on:
Blog — http://nottinghamatexpo.blogspot.com/
Twitter — http://twitter.com/UoNatExpo
Email — email@example.com
Website address — www.nottingham.ac.uk/shanghaiexpo2010
Facebook — http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=360406526053
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Notes to editors:
The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.
The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain’s “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation – School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City (www.science-city.co.uk).
Additional information: On Thursday March 18 2010 from 6pm there will be a series of short presentations by Professor Chris Rudd, David Wallace and Paul Osborne (ZEDfactory) to celebrate the University’s presence at Shanghai Expo 2010. The event is invitation only but anyone wishing to attend should contact Helen Foster on 0115 846 7145.