The Grenoble-Swansea Strategic Partnership originated as a research collaboration to develop a Franco-Welsh alliance in the areas of nanoscience, energy and ageing which was supported by the French Embassy and Welsh Government.

Since then Swansea academics have collaborated with Grenoble academics in a range of disciplines including Artificial Intelligence, Biosciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Human and Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Mathematics, Physics and Sports Science.

Research collaboration remains at the heart of the strategic partnership with:

  • Regular programmes of focused visits to initiate and expand relationships 
  • Dedicated staff employed by both Swansea and Grenoble to provide support at project inception and cross-institutional linkages

The result has been a multi-disciplinary academic collaboration with world-leading academics working together to combine research synergies and complementary expertise to deliver new research projects, joint grant applications, new academic networks, joint conferences, conference papers and co-authored publications.

Grenoble-Swansea Strategic Plan 2021-2026

For the first five years of the partnership research collaborations were driven largely from grass roots.

In 2020 it was decided to build on the partnership’s solid foundations and develop a common management structure and 5-year Strategic Plan.

A core objective of this plan is to build on past successes and develop a shared methodology to identify future research topics.
Some of the current joint focus areas are detailed below:

Resilience

A new project between Swansea and Grenoble aims to develop a cluster of collaborations around the theme of resilience, with a specific focus on environmental resilience, resilient societies, resilient organisations, and resilient infrastructure and sustainable cities.

The project commenced with a workshop which brought together academics from both universities to identify common interests, identify funding opportunities and prepare joint grant applications. 

The resilience theme provides researchers from across multiple disciplines with an opportunity to come together to tackle some of the key issues arising from rapidly changing economic, social, and natural environments as well those that have been raised by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Innovations for Resilience workshops

Swansea staff are invited to participate in UGA's 2022-2023 workshops series "Innovations for Resilience" hosted by the Grenoble Risk Institute and the SFR Innovacs.

Workshops take place one Monday per month, from 12:00-2.00 pm (French time). 

The series will focus on three issues:

  • October - December: The digitalization of essential services
  • January - March: Involving users? New trends in design methodologies
  • April to July: Innovations, vulnerabilities, and territories

For further information and the registration form to sign up for remote participation click here

To find out how to get more involved in the seminar series and partnership with UGA please contact the Academic Partnerships Deparment.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND DATA SYSTEMS

Academics from Swansea and Grenoble have worked together to develop the Grenoble-Swansea Centre for AI (GoSCAI)

GoSCAI is a joint human-centred AI and data research centre which aims to create a world-leading community that drives advances in data and intelligence based systems by taking a “people-first” approach. The focus of the centre is AI that will benefit humans, society, and the environment.

GoSCAI will hold a virtual workshop on 30 November 2022 to bring our AI communities together, share our expertise, discover touchpoints, and enable networking. The workshop will build on the success of a similar workshop 2 years ago.

The workshop is intended to plant seeds for potential projects and will include talks from Grenoble and Swansea colleagues on key themes such as:

  • Core AI research for the benefit of human, society and/or environment.
  • AI and the environment
  • AI in context of Industry 4.0
  • AI within the health domain

In January 2023 the centre will launch a second round of funding for projects (see the previous call here).

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