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A royal visit to Begbroke Science Park

Begbroke Science Park proudly hosted HRH the Duke of Kent today, 8th May 2012. HRH the Duke of Kent, has a particular interest in technology and the military. He was therefore very keen to visit Begbroke Science Park following the Citizenship Ceremony at Blenheim Palace.

Professor Peter Dobson, Academic Director of Begbroke Science Park greeted HRH the Duke of Kent and gave him a guided tour of some of the Engineering and Materials Science research based here. This included a visit to the Impact Laboratory where the HRH the Duke of Kent saw the research being undertaken in partnership with Rolls Royce to study impact damage to materials. He was then introduced to the Mobile Robotics Group where he saw the Bowler Wildcat and heard how the technology is being developed to enable it to drive autonomously. Once developed, this technology could revolutionise how we think about transport.

In contrast to these large and very visual research activities, HRH the Duke of Kent also saw some Materials Science research including the Nano-materials lab and the Materials Characterisation Service which use instruments to analyse materials at the atomic and molecular level.

Professor Peter Dobson summed up the visit as ‘It was a real pleasure having HRH the Duke of Kent visit us and to give him the opportunity to meet the scientists and engineers who are making this Science Park into such an exciting and important place for growing our economy’



Ben Roeves