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Sector News

Sector News

Nurturing skills and Northern cities collaboration key to science industry growth


THE North needs to talk as ‘one voice’ and keep nurturing skills to drive continued investment into scientific discovery and development.

Addressing a 150-strong audience at the inaugural ‘Business of Science’ Conference, Manchester City Council chief executive Howard Berstein spoke about the importance of Northern cities collaborating in order to influence central Government policies.

IASP publishes Areas of Innovation in a Global World: Concept and Practice


Catherine Johns, Innovation and Business Growth Director for Business Durham, is one of 30 global innovation leaders shedding light on the growing international phenomenon of areas of innovation in a new publication from the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP).

Government ministers visit Oxfordshire to open research centres


Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson (23 May 2016) opened 2 new state-of-the-art centres, worth £17 million, at the world-leading Joint European Torus (JET) site, based in Oxfordshire.

Dementia Research Institute funding soars to £250 million

A quarter of a billion pounds has now been pledged towards the UK’s first ever Dementia Research Institute (DRI) after two major UK charities recently announced £100 million of new investment.

Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK have both pledged £50 million each towards the work of the Institute, led by the Medical Research Council (MRC), in one of the single biggest financial commitments to dementia research in the history of both charities.

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.