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Sector News

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Alan Turing named greatest icon of the 20th Century

 

Scientist Alan Turing was selected by the public as the most important and influential figure of the last century. The result was determined during a live broadcast of BBC 2’s program Icons: The Greatest Person of the 20th Century. The show paid tribute to a number of iconic figures across a variety of categories including sports stars, entertainers and leaders such as Muhammad Ali, David Bowie and Nelson Mandela.

European sales put RFID specialist on course to top £1 million turnover

Image: Frits van Calker, MD of RFIDdirect

One of the world’s leading experts in RFID technology is experiencing strong growth thanks to major contract wins in Europe.

RFIDdirect, which has its head office in Mold, North Wales, partners with companies to provide them with Radio Frequency Identification – in simple terms, a microchip within a tag that can transform the production processes of manufacturers.

Innovate on a business-academic project: apply for funding

UK businesses can benefit from a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, collaborating with a university or research organisation and highly-qualified graduate.

Businesses can apply for a share of £40 million to bring in insight from UK academics to work on an innovative project.

Up to £40 million is available this financial year for businesses to take part in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).

Cyber security: funding to take academic ideas to market

Researchers based in UK academic institutions can apply for a share of up to £800,000 to support them in commercialising cyber security innovation.

Researchers can apply for a share of £800,000 to commercialise their cyber security ideas.

The UK aims to be the best place in the world to do business online. The government’s National Cyber Security Strategy sets out a plan for the country to be secure, resilient to cyber threats and prosperous and confident in the digital world.

AI and digital design to transform future of UK construction

 

£18 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund investment in research and innovation projects will transform how the UK delivers buildings and infrastructure.

Using artificial intelligence to predict and plan construction projects and avoid possible delays is one of the ideas to win funding to transform how the UK delivers buildings and infrastructure.

Important news from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Department of Business, Energy (BEIS) have announced the 15 Unique projects who will share £2 million of funding to test innovative ways to encourage SMEs to use productivity-boosting technology and management practices.

Nottingham Trent University are recruiting for an Enterprise Innovation Centre Manager

NTU is currently in the process of developing its Enterprise Innovation Centre (EIC), as part of The Hive.  This will be located within a new 2,000m2 building within the NTU City campus and it will form the focal point for the University’s future enterprise activities.

Chris Skidmore MP appointed as new Science Minister

Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingswood has been appointed as the new Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation following the recent resignation of Sam Gyimah.

Read the full press release here

Artificial Intelligence to help save lives at five new technology centres

The UK's Artificial Intelligence revolution gets new backing, as the Business Secretary announces five new centres of excellence for digital pathology and imaging, including radiology using AI medical devices.

The £50m funding for these centres are part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Wave 2 challenge, Data to Early Diagnosis and Precision Medicine.

£215 million additional investment for UK Catapult innovation centres

 

Further investment in the UK’s internationally-renowned Catapult innovation centres has been announced as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.

The Catapult centres help the very best UK businesses, scientists and engineers to work together Catapult centres help the UK meet the needs of tomorrow’s society.