As the Community Open Day was in full swing in Tooting on 12 October, approximately 5000 miles away in Beijing, China, Professor Julian Ma and James Hallinan, head of enterprise and innovation, were extending St George's community outreach by showcasing the university’s research at the London Universities International Partnership (LUIP) London Innovation Showcase.

LUIP, of which St George's, University of London is a member, is a group of 16 London universities, formed to promote London as a study destination for students around the world.  As part of the UK's trade delegation to China this month, LUIP organised a London showcase event in the Yang Gallery in Beijing.  This pop-up installation showcased the fantastic range of innovative projects which take place in London's universities. The event was open to the public over four days from 12 to 15 October, and on Sunday 13 the VIP reception was attended by David Willets MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science; Mayor of London, Boris Johnson; and Meng Fei, Chinese TV host and celebrity.


For St George's, University of London, the event was an opportunity to publicise the ground-breaking research which is carried out at the university at a high-profile event in one of the world's most important and dynamic capital cities.

Julian Ma, professor of molecular immunology at St George's, University of London, said: “James and I had a very busy few days in China. We received loads of interest in St George's, University of London and its research from members of the public. We must have spoken to over 500 people.”

He added: “The clear highlight was meeting Boris Johnson who, despite the massive crowds, came over to the St George's stand and took a keen interest. I was also very pleased to talk to David Willetts MP about St George's research.”

Simon Fitch, head of international development at St George's, University of London, added: “This showcase was an excellent example of collaboration offering St George's opportunities which we could not access alone. We look forward to being involved in future events where we can extend our global reach and extend our outreach activities far beyond London in this way.”