The University of Bath hosted a four-day workshop for early career researchers from Universities in the UK and Turkey to promote scientific collaborations between the two countries. The workshop entitled "Electrochemical nucleic acid based biosensors and microfluidic devices for healthcare applications" (5-8 September 2016) was funded by the British Council and TÜBİTAK through the Newton-Katip Çelebi Fund (Researcher Links Workshop scheme).
The workshop was coordinated by Dr Pedro Estrela (Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Bath) and Prof Mehmet Özsöz (Izmir Katip Celebi University) with the help of four established researchers from Imperial College London, Cranfield, Ege and Bilkent Universities, who acted as mentors for the early career researchers. In total 25 young lecturers / postdoctoral researchers from 10 UK Universities and 10 Turkish Universities participated in the event to discuss applications and future challenges of nucleic acid-based electrochemical biosensors and microfluidic devices for biomedical diagnosis.
The workshop comprised a range of plenary talks by the coordinators and mentors, short talks and posters from the early career researchers, talks about funding opportunities, brainstorming sessions, group work sessions and social events. The workshop enabled establishing bi-lateral collaborations with several project proposals being subsequently in preparation for submission to current and future Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund calls. New UK-UK and Turkey-Turkey links have also been developed.