We were delighted to welcome Commissioner Carlos Moedas to Jodrell Bank this week during his visit to the UK. The European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation was accompanied by the Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Bailey as part of his visit to Manchester for the EuroScience Open Forum 2016 Conference. The European Commission has been a long-standing supporter of the ESOF conference, a biennial, pan-European convention that is dedicated to scientific research and innovation.
Commissioner Moedas was given a tour of the Observatory and met with representatives from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the School of Physics and Astronomy, and the e-Merlin National Facility. He discussed the current and future work of the Observatory and Discovery Centre, including the value of our outreach and engagement work.
Professor Teresa Anderson said: “The Commissioner expressed great interest in both the scientific research of the Observatory and the Public Engagement work of the Discovery Centre, notably our vibrant schools programme and our recent bluedot festival. Collaboration with our European colleagues is very important to us on all levels, and we were pleased to be able to discuss this with him.”