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University’s leading-edge research rewarded

Two University of St Andrews scientists have been presented with their Proof of Concept Awards at an awards ceremony in Glasgow.

Professor John Irvine of the School of Chemistry and Professor Thomas Krauss of the School of Physics and Astronomy were presented awards in the fields of renewable energy and optoelectronics respectively.

The Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept Fund, which supports leading-edge technologies in Scotland’s academic institutions, aims to help export innovation from the lab into the global marketplace.

At the Awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Deputy Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Minister Lewis Macdonald said:

“Within the Executive we have set out a clear vision of a Smart, Successful Scotland. The Proof of Concept Fund has the same aims – developing our world-renowned reputation in innovation, creativity, science and skills.

“Scotland has a strong tradition of innovation, but we know that we do not have the best record in exploiting these strengths for our economic good. The Proof of Concept Fund is one of the glowing examples of what we are achieving in this critical field.”

The St Andrews projects were among 37 winners in the Round 4 Awards, announced in February of this year, sharing a £5.6m package.

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Issued by Beattie Media On behalf of the University of St Andrews Contact Gayle Cook on 01334 467227, mobile 07900 050103, or email gec3@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: POC 2003 Awards ceremony 310703 View the latest University news at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk

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