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Professor Elias Siores is the Provost of  Bolton University and also the Director of Research and innovation. Educated in the UK (BSc, MSc, MBA, PhD) and pursued his academic career in Australia (Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne) and Asia (Hong Kong, Dong Guan) before returning to Europe (UK) as a Marie Curie Fellow. His R&D work concentrated on advancing the science and technology in diverse fields including Ultrasound, Acoustic Emission, and Microwave Thermography for Medical and healthcare applications. His recent R&D work focuses on Smart / Functional Materials and Systems development. In this area, he has pioneered Electrorheological, Photovoltaic and Piezoelectric smart materials and composites for energy conversion and regeneration. He has published over 300 publications including 8 Patents . He has been a member of editorial boards of international journals and a Fellow of a number of Institutes. He has served on Board of Directors of of research centres worldwide including UK, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, all associated with the Bio-Nano-Materials field. He has received 15 awards in his career for R&D achievements.