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Bournemouth Uni research must remain funding priority - MEP
9:41am Thursday 11th October 2012 in News
RESEARCH at Bournemouth University must continue to be a priority despite the economic downturn, according to South West MEP Julie Girling.
The MEP for the South West and Gibraltar visited the university's Talbot Campus to hear about some of the cutting edge research taking place at the site.
She attended presentations by the National Centre for Computer Animation, which is based in BU's Media School and received the Queen's Anniversary Prize in February for its contribution to the industry, and heard about Google Under The Earth - a collaboration between archaeologists in the School of Applied Sciences and Google Earth which allows anyone to access files and photos gathered on university digs.
She also toured new sports facilities on campus and discussed research into invasive fish species which is being done by Professor Rudy Gozlan at the university.
Mrs Girling, who sits on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee within the European Parliament and is also a member on the Fisheries Committee, said: “Clearly, Bournemouth University is going places so I wanted to find out what was happening.
“It has a lot to offer to me. We talked a little bit about research that is being done into invasive species, which is a very hot topic in the European Parliament and I have been working on it, so that has been really interest¬ing.”
She added that she wanted to show people how important research was, and how important it was to keep funding research.
Mrs Girling also spoke to the Pro-VE Conference, which is taking place over three days at AFC Bournemouth and has been organised by academics from BU's School of Design, Engineering and Computing.