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Sector News

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BIS appoints Gareth Davies as Director General for Business and Science


Gareth Davies has been appointed to the role of Director General for Business and Science, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Gareth brings extensive valuable experience to the new role, which has been redesigned to better align with government priorities.

Tech Nation 2016 shows growth of Digital Tech Industries

Tech Nation 2016 is the most comprehensive analysis of the UK’s Digital Tech Economy to date, showing how the Digital Tech Industries are driving economic growth, employment and regional development:

Wanted: Disruptive technologies for the energy sector

Innovate UK wants to invest up to £1.5 million in technical feasibility studies to encourage new entrants to the energy sector and stimulate the adoption of disruptive technologies. A further £500,000 is also available from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) for support of relevant projects.

In order to encourage novel and radical solutions, projects must be led by an SME whose main business lies outside the energy sector. They can work alone or collaboratively with partners of any size from any sector.

The sharing economy: apply for business funding for new ideas

Innovate UK’s IC tomorrow programme is seeking innovative ideas to grow trust in the sharing economy and support it in the fields of tourism, travel, home improvements, construction and data.

The sharing economy is a growing phenomenon. It involves the use of internet technologies to connect people and organisations so they can make better use of goods, skills, services, capital and spaces, allowing them to share access and reduce the need for ownership.

Science, innovation and the UK research budget

The Royal Society of Chemistry is hosting a forum to discuss science, innovation and the UK research budget, and to assess whether the government is doing enough to ensure the UK remains a world leader in science and research.  

The Policy-UK forum, which takes place on 25th February 2016, will discuss some of the key barriers to research and innovation, as well as how to attract more private investment in R&D.

World’s first bendable smartphone unveiled

Scientists in Canada claim to have developed the world’s first flexible smartphone.

Researchers from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, said the flexible high-resolution wireless smartphone – called the ReFlex – allows users to experience physical tactile feedback when interacting with their apps through bend gestures.

Science Minister Jo Johnson sets out his vision for science and engineering


Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, sets out his vision to ensure the UK remains a global leader in science and engineering on 27 January.

Delivering the annual Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) lecture, he highlighted the importance of the UK’s international research partnerships and the strength of ties with European research partners.

Prof Melanie Welham appointed as interim CEO of BBSRC


The Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson has announced the appointment of Professor Melanie Welham as interim Chief Executive (CEO) of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Announcing the appointment Jo Johnson said:

Competition to find the next ground breaking innovation for the water industry


Competition launched to find the next ground breaking innovation for the water industry

This year sees the launch of a major new business innovation competition for the water industry.

The Royal Society of Chemistry calls for Entries to the Annual Emerging Technologies Competition

The Emerging Technologies Competition is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual innovation initiative, turning promising ideas into commercial reality.

Now in its fourth year, the competition brings cutting edge science to the real world for the benefit of society.

The competition is currently open and applications can be made through our online application system. The deadline for applications is 14 March 2016. 

About the Competition: