Dr Jim Hansom wins Scottish Knowledge Exchange Award

Dr Jim Hansom has been awarded a Scottish Knowledge Exchange Award for Dynamic Coast, a project providing sustainable coastal planning decisions in the light of a changing climate. Dynamic Coast is a collaborative project led by the University of Glasgow and Scottish Natural Heritage, involving several key partners such as the Scottish Government and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The project won the ‘Spotlight Award’ at the awards ceremony in Edinburgh on Thursday 21 February. This was a new category introduced to celebrate a partnership which has been developed to provide an innovative solution to a challenge. The award was chosen from all applications received.

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Dr Hansom said: 'I’m delighted Dynamic Coast has won the Spotlight award and the successful partnerships we have developed have been recognised. This is a huge achievement given the tough competition and outstanding partnerships that were also shortlisted. Our project has improved the prediction of coastal planning by classifying 21,000km of coast, assessing the changes over 130 years. The Dynamic Coast Project has resulted in a step-change in the shaping of coastal erosion risk and adaptation policies, practices and tools by Government and its agencies.'

Ivan McKee, MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, presented the awards, and said: 'It is hugely promising to see such forward thinking and successful partnerships between Scottish companies and academia. These partnerships will help to drive a thriving and dynamic innovation ecosystem that is essential for improved productivity, competitiveness and growth.  I want to congratulate all the winners for their collaborative efforts.  I hope this will inspire further innovative partnerships in the future.'

Professor Kelly, from the School of Engineering, and CST Global Ltd were finalists in the ‘Powerful Partnership’ category for their ongoing collaboration which has resulted in two knowledge transfer partnerships and industrial PhD scholarships.  CSTG is a custom foundry service and manufacturer of high-volume, standard laser products for the optical communications markets.

First published: 25 February 2019