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Julian Morris Travel Award Prize 2023


The Julian Morris Travel Award honours the contributions of Professor Julian Morris FREng*, formerly of Newcastle University, to process analysis and process control. CPACT introduced this award to allow a Doctorate student to attend a conference and/or spend some time working with another research group in a country different to where they are studying.

The winner of the 2023 Award is Harry Kay from the University of Manchester.

Harry said “I will be living in Berlin, Germany for 6 months for a collaboration with an experimental partner, the first task force (Machine Learning for Bioprocess Forecasting and Control and Improved Enzyme Screening) in the KIWI-biolab. This arrangement will begin on the 1st of March 2024 and end on the 1st of September 2024. The purpose of this will be to contribute by developing a symbolic regression-based design of experiments framework for the automatic discovery of enzymatic reaction kinetics through the use of state-of-the-art experimental facilities offered at the KIWI-biolab.

Using this designed methodology, we can automatically guide experimental design and generate knowledge for the investigated enzymes and therefore, can accelerate the screening of such enzymes. The award money will be used to provide assistance with living (rent, travelling, and nourishment) as well as for any other circumstances that occur. This award money will provide a substantial contribution to allowing me to engage with this collaboration which will diversify my skillset and provide me with the necessary skills to further my future career.

This will also be the first international collaboration/research event that I have been involved in since the beginning of my PhD”.


We hope that you enjoy your six months in Berlin!