The Grenoble-Swansea Strategic Partnership originated as a research collaboration, which had the support of the French Embassy and Welsh Government, to develop a Franco-Welsh alliance in the areas of nanoscience, energy and ageing.

Since then Swansea academics have collaborated with Grenoble academics in an array of disciplines including Artificial intelligence, Biosciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Human and Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Mathematics, Physics and Sports Science.

Research collaboration remains at the heart of the strategic partnership with:

  • Regular programmes of focused visits to initiate and expand relationships; and
  • Dedicated staff employed by both Swansea and Grenoble to provide support at project inception and cross-institutional linkages.

The result has been a multi-disciplinary academic collaboration with world-leading academics working together to combine research synergies and complementary expertise to deliver new research projects, joint grant applications, new academic networks, joint conferences, conference papers and co-authored publications.

Hundreds of academics have engaged with the Grenoble-Swansea Strategic Partnership resulting in joint research in multiple subject areas. Examples of research activity to date include:

  • Prof Tim Claypole (College of Engineering, Swansea), advanced materials and printing and coating collaboration with PAGORA, Prof Isabelle Desloges (Grenoble INP institute of engineering).
  • Dr Stuart Macdonald (Law and Criminology, Swansea) and Dr Bannelier-Christakis and Prof Christakis (CESICE Grenoble) collaborating on terrorists’ use of the internet and cyber surveillance.
  • Prof Sinead Brophy (Swansea University Medical School), Big Data Health research with Thierry Chevalier (IMAG/ Grenoble Teaching Hospital).
  • Prof Andrew Barron (College of Engineering, Swansea): Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) project with Institut des Sciences de la Terre  (ISTerre ) (Grenoble)
  • Luca Borger (College of Science, Swansea): alpine studies project on impact of climate change with ISTerre & the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).


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