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August 15, 2013

Research opportunities in Myanmar

Dr Celia Russell, Mimas, University of Manchester


Tuesday 3rd September - 4.00 pm - Mineralogy seminar room

After decades of isolation, universities in Myanmar (Burma) are gradually re-opening to the world, and the country is teeming with possibilities of research and teaching partnerships.  Myanmar is a country rich in natural resources with a unique geology and an exceptionally rich biodiversity.

Dr Celia Russell from the University of Manchester, who has recently returned from a scoping mission to the country, will be providing an overview of the areas in which Burmese universities are seeking to establish research partnerships.

With few university websites, email systems or bank accounts, the session will also give a brief overview of the processes, red tape and communication issues around working in Myanmar, as well as sources of help and support. This meeting also aims to create a network of contacts, to enable sharing of existing links and experiences and create an opportunity to discuss a way forward for improving museum engagement in Myanmar.

An invitation is extended to all colleagues who have an existing research interest in the country, or wish to find out more about developing a partnership. There are few financial resources available within Myanmar itself, but sources of international funding are available and the potential research rewards exceptional.