Date of release: Friday, September 2, 2016

The Mayor and Mayoress of Medway The 'world class work' carried out by the University of Greenwich has been praised by the Mayor of Medway.

Councillor Stuart Tranter attended an international symposium at the university's Medway Campus on Wednesday this week (31 August), during which he also took part in a tour of its state-of-the-art engineering and science laboratories.

He says: "I was shown some of the ground-breaking research carried out by the University of Greenwich in its laboratories here in Medway. I never cease to be amazed at the world-class work going on in these towns, and today was no exception.

"Some of this work is improving or even saving the lives of millions around the world. This helps demonstrate Medway has a great future as a place of learning, and I shall continue to do all I can to support this."

During their tour, the Mayor and Mayoress, Mrs Sarah Tranter, heard about the university's expertise in areas such as biofuels and environmental sciences, and its renowned research and development in agriculture, climate change, foods and markets.

They also met RoboThespian – a full-sized, talking humanoid robot, which gives students in the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science the opportunity to use some of the most sophisticated programmable robotic technology developed in the UK.

The Oil, Finance and Shipping Symposium was attended by leading experts presenting on a range of topics, including the impact of the recent financial upheaval, current trends in the global economy and new energy sources such as hydrates.

The Mayor added: "It was a pleasure to open this prestigious event right here in Medway. We heard discussions on the complex issues affecting the oil, finance and shipping industries, and the inevitable changes they must face in meeting the worlds' energy needs for decades to come."

For more on studying in the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science: http://www.gre.ac.uk/engsci

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Picture: The Mayor and Mayoress of Medway meet RoboThespian during their visit to the University of Greenwich's engineering laboratories.