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Sector News

Sector News

CDE to host Birmingham networking event

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) is holding a networking event for science and technology providers at The County Ground, Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 30 June 2016.

Jim Pennycook, head of operations at CDE, will introduce CDE and give an overview of proof-of-concept research funding opportunities for innovative science and technology providers.

Employment rules ‘stifling’ entrepreneurship

Employment rules which prevent employees from starting up their own business after leaving a job could be stifling British entrepreneurship, the government has suggested.

Two thirds of large businesses experience cyber attacks

Britain’s businesses are being urged to better protect themselves from cyber criminals following new government research found two thirds of large businesses have experienced a cyber breach or attack in the past year.

The research also shows that in some cases the cost of cyber breaches and attacks to business reached millions, but the most common attacks detected involved viruses, spyware or malware.

New sensors could cut millions from gritting costs

Sensors that could cut millions from road-gritting costs and help local authorities be better prepared for the winter months are being developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham.

The new internet-connected, temperature sensors have already been successfully trialled in Birmingham, London and elsewhere across the country.

Space mission to ‘weigh’ Earth’s forests moves a step closer

A pioneering mission to measure the Earth’s forests from space has moved a step closer to launch following the signing of a contract to build the technology to do it.

The BIOMASS mission, led by Prof Shaun Quegan from the University of Sheffield’s School of Mathematics and Statistics, will use a revolutionary radar system to create a 3D map of the world’s forests in order to improve our understanding of how carbon is cycled through the Earth system.

£12 million contracts awarded to support nuclear decommissioning research

R&D framework contracts worth up to £12 million have been awarded to UK universities, global corporations and 20 SMEs by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Following a five-month procurement process, three new framework contracts were awarded to 10 consortia, involving more than 70 organisations and including three consortia led by SMEs. The contracts, last awarded in 2012, will run to 2020.

Agri-food innovation in Turkey: apply for business funding

 UK businesses can win a share of £1.5 million to work with Turkish businesses on solutions to challenges in the agri-food sector in Turkey.

Innovate UK is working with TÜBİTAK, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, to fund this competition.

‘The History of the Laboratory in Ten Objects’ campaign launches top International Lab Show

Organisers of the biennial International Scientific Laboratory Show & Conference to be held in Nottingham, England this May have launched a campaign to chronicle the ‘History of the Laboratory in Ten Objects’. Anyone with a passion for science can nominate the object they feel has had the greatest impact on lab-based scientific research over the last 200 years. 

Science & Innovation Audit Update

BIS has published an update note summarising activity on the progress of their Science & Innovation Audits which details the first wave of consortia, future deadlines and details of the SIA Advisory Panel.

Five areas have been selected to take part in the first ever Science and Innovation Audits (SIAs):

  • The Midlands Engine
  • Edinburgh and the Lothians City region
  • South West England and South East Wales
  • Sheffield City Region and Lancashire
  • Greater Manchester and East Cheshire


BIS Consultation - How can the UK can develop its innovation framework?


Government is seeking your views on how the UK can develop its innovation framework.

Innovation can transform lives. It can help us to face some of our biggest challenges, from energy supply and food security, to demographic change and the delivery of public services. It enables businesses to develop new ideas, products and services, and create new jobs and export opportunities.