UK - Mexico Visiting Chair

The UK- MX- visiting chair was established in an effort to increase research collaboration and strengthen relations between Higher Education Institutes in Mexico and the United Kingdom. The mobility grant allows travel between 12 UK and 12 Mexican universities for a research visit of up to two weeks through generous funding from La Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AMEXCID) and participating Higher Education Institutions.

Dr Jon Shaw

Dr Jon Shaw

As part of the UK - Mexico Visiting Chair programme, Dr Jonathan Shaw, Reader in Microbiology & Departmental Director of Learning & Teaching in the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease, visited the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico City and Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) in Toluca, in October and November 2016. His research focuses on the understanding of bacterial pathogenesis at a molecular and mechanistic level, in relation to colonisation factors, secreted products and physiology.

Summary of visit

Saturday October 29th Arrived in Mexico
Monday October 31st Travelled to Instituto Nacional de la Atmosfera at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Delivered a lecture on the pathogenicity factors of Aeromonas species and answered questions on our research. Toured their facilities and discussed the research carried out there and the application of our expertise to their research activities.
Tuesday November 1st - Wednesday November 2nd Travelled to Texcoco. Discussed potential projects of mutual interest and possible for funding to support these activities.
Thursday November 3rd Travelled back to Mexico City. Met with students at National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) and discussed their research.
Friday November 4th At National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) took part in an International mini symposium where I delivered a lecture on the regulation of Aeromonas motility then took part in a question and answer session and met staff at IPN and toured their facilities.
Saturday November 5th Met with students from Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biologia at IPN to discuss their research, practice their English and for them to have an informal meeting with an International scientist to talk about their ideas, studying abroad and my research.
Sunday November 6th Travelled to the city of Toluca in the state of Mexico.
Monday November 7th Met with colleagues at the Autonomous University of the state of Mexico (UAEM) in Toluca. Visted the University, toured the facilities, and discussed research plans. I delivered a lecture on Aeromonas glycosylation systems. Toured their research and fish infection facilities.
Tuesday November 8th Went to Malinalco to tour local trout farms, an important staple of the local agricultural industry. Discussed fish diseases and potential of collaborating.
Wednesday November 9th Traveled back from Toluca to Mexico City.
Thursday November 10th Went back to Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biologia at IPN and delivered a second lecture on the pathogenic Neisseria and their role in infectious disease.
Friday November 11th Took part in the presentations of the research groups of Dr Lourdes Villa and Dr Cesar Heenandez on the pathogenic Candida. Then chaired a mini-symposium composed of eight students.


Dr Sanjay V. Lanka

Lecturer in Financial Management
Sheffield University Management School
Fellow of the Sheffield Institute of International Development (SIID)

This visit was aimed at promoting my research on Agroecology Accounting in the Mexican context by building a network of researchers to partner with by developing an understanding of the steps being taken in Mexico with regards to the preservation of the agrobiodiversity, traditional farming techniques and understand the challenges in ensuring the continuation of this agrobiodiversity. This was achieved by understanding the various value chain arrangements including alternative markets, high-end or novel markets/ restaurants, and other combinations including their relationship with the producers and intermediaries with a focus on understanding the role of agroecology and the preservation of agrobiodiversity. Listening to the perspectives of the various stakeholders during the activities that we engage with should help to develop an understanding of what is really happening at the ground level in Mexico City and surrounding areas. To promote this, I worked with the following three universities, where I was able to provide a keynote address at each of the universities:

1. UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)- I worked with Dr. Eduardo Quintanar who is working in the area of Agroecology in understanding the relationship between farmers and alternative markets.

2. UAM (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana) – I worked with Dr. Ramón Soriano, whose research focuses on the restoration of agrobiodiversity by developing alternative ways to manage livestock including through research on the use of indigenous trees as feed for the livestock.

3. UAEM (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México) – I worked with Dr. Angélica Espinoza, whose research is focused on the development of markets for indigenous Cheese, developing certifications of origin and understanding consumer behaviour to sustainable food. In this regard, I also had the opportunity to visit her field site in the villages around Oaxaca city in the state of Oaxaca, where the Quesillo Cheese is made as a part of a project to gain a certificate of origin for this cheese.

I would definitely recommend this opportunity to other colleagues since as a result of this trip, I was able to build long term relationships with researchers in Mexico and we have already submitted one paper to a conference based on our discussion and are working together to submit a proposal for a larger grant to continue the work that we have initiated during this trip.

Summary of visit

Day 1 UNAM Faculty of Philosophy and Letters: Visit to local food producer site
Day 2

UNAM Faculty of Philosophy and Letters: Visit to local food producer site

day 3

day 2

Day 3

UAM visit to local food producer site and urban feedlot

day 4

Day 4 UAEM presentation and visit to the livestock exhibition
Day 5

Lecture and workshop at UACM. Discussion of current and potential research projects with academics and PGT/PGR students. Includes a tour of the facilities for research and a tour of the universities museum

day 4

Days 6, 7, 8, 9

field trip to Oaxaca to understand indigenous farmers' markets and the production of indigenous Quesillo Cheese and the development of a certificate of origin for this Cheese.

Day 10 and 11

Participation at UNAM organized mini-colloquium along with a seminar on current research with academics and PGT/PGR students

Day 12

Participation at UNAM organized mini-colloquium with the research network RED SIAL and half day workshop with host academics presenting their work, producers, government organizations, NGO’s, alternative markets.

day 7

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UK-Mexico Chair: call for application 2017

The UK-Mexico Visiting Chair mobility grant allows travel between 12 UK and 12 Mexican universities, in an effort to increase research collaboration and strengthen relations between HEI’s in Mexico and the UK. The Visiting Chair provides successful applicants with mobility funding for a research visit of up to two weeks to visit a new potential collaborator in the UK or Mexico.
Full details of the UK Mexico Visiting Chair mobility grant 2017
Mexico Visiting Chair application form 2017
Application deadline: Friday 18th August 2017
Completed applications should be submitted to Danielle Bertrand

UK Higher Education Institutions

1. Bristol University
2. Durham University
3. King's College London
4. University College London
5. University of Birmingham
6. University of Edinburgh
7. University of Leeds
8. University of Nottingham
9. University of Manchester
10. University of Sheffield
11. University of Southampton
12. University of Warwick

Mexico Higher Education Institutions

1. Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM)
2. Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC)
3. Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL)
4. Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM)
5. Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY)
6. Iberoamericana University (UIA)
7. Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM)
8. National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
9. National Polytechnic Institute (IPN)
10. University of Guadalajara (UDG)
11. University of Guanajuato (UG)
12. University of the Americas Puebla (UDLAP)

Contact us:
The University's membership of the UK - Mexico Chair is managed within Global Engagement. Please contact Danielle Bertrand for any queries relating to the programme.
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 1247