UK and Israel join forces for British Council workshop



Heriot-Watt University is playing host to a British Council workshop on novel principles in biosensing between leading scientists from Israel and the UK.

A biosensor is a sensor that either uses biological elements, such as enzymes to detect chemicals or is used to detect biological elements.

The event in Edinburgh, is due to run between 24 to 26 July, and will forge close links between the UK and Israel in the field of biosensing to initiate future joint European research proposals as well as staff and student exchanges.

Professor Marc Desmulliez, Deputy Head of Sensors, Signals and Systems said:  “The hosting of this workshop is a testament to the reputation of the biosensing research at Heriot-Watt.

“This workshop will forge links between world-leading UK and Israeli institutions to generate research collaborations for years to come.”

The workshop will play host to biologists, chemists, physicists, engineers and clinicians from both countries to present the latest research in the field of biosensing and its potential applications in areas such as medicine to the food and drink industry.

The workshop will end with a keynote talk by Professor Uri Banin from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on the topic of Colloidal quantum materials for bio-applications; from passive to active functionalities.

Professor Banin is the founding director of the Hebrew University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Associate Editor of Nanoletters and founded QLight Nanotech to commercialise his research into semiconductor nanocrystals, which has since been acquired by Merck.

The academic will talk about recent research successes in using semiconductor nanocrystals to optically stimulate blind retinas and the additive manufacturing of hydrogels in water.

The talk, which is open to the public, will be held in PGG01 of the Postgraduate Centre at the Edinburgh campus on 26 July at 4.00pm.

Tickets for the free event can be found here