Australia visit to strengthen University’s position as global energy leader

The University of Aberdeen’s position as a global leader in the area of energy is being further strengthened this week.

New alliances are being forged between the institution and key organisations within the Australian energy sector during a visit to Perth, Western Australia by Professor Albert Rodger, Vice Principal & Head of the College of Physical Sciences, University of Aberdeen

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed between the University and the University of Western Australia on Thursday (October 28).

The agreement will formalise collaborative activity between the institutions in the field of energy research – including gas technologies, reliability engineering and coastal oceanography.

Professor Rodger will also meet with senior management from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Curtin University and The University of Western Australia, working together under the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance (WA:ERA).

The alliance combines the three institution’s state-of-the-art facilities and expertise with the aim of delivering technology-based solutions for the global energy industry.

During the visit, potential collaborative opportunities will be discussed between WA:ERA and the National Subsea Research Institute (NSRI), founded by the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Newcastle, Robert Gordon University and Subsea UK, focussing on the global development of subsea technology and expertise.

Professor Rodger will also attend the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) Annual General Meeting.

Aberdeen is a founding city of the partnership which brings together 16 ‘energy cities’ from across the globe to encourage the exchange of energy industry knowledge and economic and infrastructure development strategies.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to further build on existing relationships with universities associated with WECP including the Universities of Austin, Houston, Calgary and Stavanger.

Professor Rodger will also host a lunch for alumni of the University, in Perth on Friday (October 29).

Speaking ahead of his visit Professor Rodger said: “This visit will further strengthen the University of Aberdeen’s position as a global energy institution by cementing and extending links with key Australian academic institutions and research organisations working within this sector.”