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This event is supported by the following organisations. The conference organisers would like to than them all for their support, imput and encouragment.
Polytec is an independent R&D institute whose objective is to conduct research and development within the sphere of gas technology, energy, environment, quality and safety. Polytec is located in Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway's principal oil and gas region. The overall mission of Polytec is to provide value added to the local community on a not-for-profit basis, and to be a local centre of expertise within the key activity areas of the institute. Polytec conducts early phase studies and applied research on areas where there is a potential for innovation. Development of new products and a higher degree of refinement within existing local enterprises is an objective to Polytec. Through highly qualified staff with interdisciplinary competence, Polytec constitutes a dynamic and exiting R&D environment.
The conference organisers would like to thank Polytec R&D Foundation for their support and sponsorship of the publication of the conference collection of abstracts.
The University of Manchester is Britain's largest single-site university with a proud history of achievement and an ambitious agenda for the future. The University can lay claim to 20 Nobel Prize winners amongst its former staff and students and many of the advances of the 20th century, such as the work by Rutherford leading to the splitting of the atom and the developments of the world's first modern computer in 1948, began at the University. Today, it is one of the world's top centres for biomedical research, leading the search for new treatments for life-threatening diseases as well as being at the forefront of new discoveries in science and engineering. With an exceptional record of generating and sharing new ideas and the quality, breadth and volume of the university's research activity is unparalleled in the UK and by 2015 The University of Manchester aims be among the top 25 universities in the world.
The ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC) was created by the ESRC in 1997 to form a centre of excellence, in Manchester, at the interface of management and social sciences. Its ambitious aim is to contribute to the fundamental understanding of the complex issues that underline and link together innovation and competitiveness. CRIC is part of the Institute of Innovation Research (IoIR) and is hosted by The University of Manchester. It draws upon the expertise of colleagues from the Faculty of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, the Manchester Business School and Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (PREST).
The Marie Curie Actions, are aimed at the development and transfer of research competencies, the consolidation and widening of researchers' career prospects, and the promotion of excellence in European research. The Marie Curie Workshops and conferences provide a forum for Marie Curie fellows from a broad range of disciplines to discuss current possibilities to enhance their career perspectives within the European Research Area Information on the complete range of Marie Curie Actions can be found online.
The Marie Curie Fellowship Association (MCFA) is an international and highly multidisciplinary network of mobile researchers. It was founded in 1996 at the initiative of the European Commission in order to promote the Marie Curie Actions programme and to provide a networking structure to Marie Curie fellows. Today, the Association reaches more than 3.000 current and former Marie Curie grant holders from Europe and beyond and has become the European voice of mobile researchers. By tackling obstacles to geographic and sectorial mobility, the Association is making an active contribution to the creation of a European Research Area, fostering scientific excellence and transfer of knowledge.
The UK Research Office (UKRO) is the UK's leading information and advice service on European Union funding for research and higher education. Established in Brussels in 1984, UKRO is jointly funded by the seven UK grant-awarding Research Councils and receives subscriptions from over 150 research organisations, principally in the UK. UKRO also manages the UK National Contact Point (NCP) for the Marie Curie Actions and is one of the UK delegates on the Human Resources and Mobility Programme Management Committee. As NCP, it provides extensive support to all applicants and contractors from or moving to the UK.