transCampus: Invitation to the press conference and exhibition opening in London – 3rd May 2017
Science is international. Ever since the creation of transCampus in 2015, scientists from King’s College London (KCL) and Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) have proven time and again that this is not merely a slogan.
Initially started as a co-operation between the Schools of Medicine of the two universities, the partnership has been extended to further fields of research and now also comprises institutes of the DRESDEN-concept research alliance.
A visible manifestation of this partnership is the Science Exhibition, which last year was on display in front of the Dresden Frauenkirche and will now be held at King’s College London (KCL) starting on 3 May 2017. The DRESDEN-concept exhibition will present selected, internationally renowned research projects. Throughout May, the exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events organised by London- and Dresden-based scientists.
Journalists are cordially invited to attend the opening event, which will take place on 3 May @noon at KCL’s Guy’s Campus (Memorial Arch).
Prior to the opening event, a press briefing will be held at 11am in the Small Committee Room (Hodgkin Building, Guy’s Campus). The participants include TU Dresden Rector, Prof Hans Müller-Steinhagen; the Saxon State Minister for Higher Education, Science and the Arts, Dr. Eva-Maria Stange and Prof Peakman, KCL’s Head of Division – Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences.
The transCampus initiative – the first of its kind in Europe – is a unique partnership between two of Europe’s leading academic institutions, King’s College London and Technische Universität Dresden.
The bundling of competences and resources of both universities furthers the promotion of cutting-edge research, making transCampus a magnet for scientists and students, far beyond the European borders. It is a trailblazing model for other large universities. The first successes were achieved in Medicine: The transCampus London-Dresden is one of the largest transplant centres in the world when it comes to islet cell, kidney and bone marrow transplantations. The next step is the strategic development of further projects in medicine and biotechnology, engineering, natural sciences and humanities. Furthermore, the London colleagues are enthralled by DRESDEN-concept’s basic principle of combining university and non-university research institutions with partners from the world of arts and culture. This spirit is also applied to transCampus.
Professor Andreas Birkenfeld, medical director of the GWT Study Center „Metabolisch-Vaskuläres Syndrom“ (metabolic and vascular medicine), is transCampus Professor of Metabolic Vascular Medicine.