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CSCT appoints new Centre Manager

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Centre Manager Francesca Guiso Gallisai. Francesca will play an important role in working closely with the CDT directors, academic supervisors, and our industrial and international partners. This will be a wide-ranging role with responsibility for delivering the strategy of the Centre both within the long-term vision and on a daily basis.

A key part of the role will be professional facilitation of key doctoral training activities including our annual events, Industry Forum and student-led symposia. Francesca will also aim to pursue additional funding and long-term engagement with new and existing UK and international industrial and academic partners and will be responsible for coordinating public engagement and impact activities and for liaison with EPSRC.

Previously as a Research Development Manager at University of Bath’s Research and Innovation Services, Francesca worked with academics, supporting them in developing high-quality funding proposals. Before joining the University, Francesca worked in an international development consultancy for nine years where she was responsible for business development and project management in agriculture and rural development, food security, environment and sustainable development. Francesca also worked for the UN agency Food and Agriculture Organisation, supporting researchers and technical staff in drafting papers for the general public. Francesca has an MSc in International Development from the University of Bath.

CSCT Director Professor Matthew Davidson said: “We are delighted that Francesca is joining the team. She brings with her a wealth of experience in international sustainable development, research management and industry collaboration. She joins at a very exciting time with our research and training in sustainable chemical technologies at the forefront of society’s response to major global challenges such as climate change, plastics pollution and enabling the circular economy. I very much look forward to working together with Francesca to build on these opportunities.”

Francesca commented: “It’s an exciting time for the centre and I am pleased to be getting on board with the team to tackle the latest challenges in research and training. Having spent many years at the interface of industry and academia, I look forward to contributing to the centre’s strategic growth by further developing its international and industrial collaborations.”

By 22 March 2018

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