A significant number of announcements were made by the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement and Spending Review. Initial details of some of those affecting the Science and Innovation sector are below.
The Spending Review and Autumn Statement reasserts the government’s firm commitment to the UK remaining at the forefront of world science.
Science Summit: Strategy for Excellence
10th of December in America Square Conference Centre, London
UKSPA is again supporting the Science Summit: Strategy for Excellence (London) which will inform universities and research institutions in their strategies to achieve excellence in research and to deliver economic growth on an institutional, local and international level.
Lasers could make materials hotter than the Sun in less than a nanosecond, new research suggests.
Scientists from Imperial College London have come up with an extremely rapid heating mechanism that could heat materials to ten million degrees in much less than a million millionth of a second.
The UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (UKNQTP) has published a roadmap to help guide UK businesses and organisations working in the growing field of quantum science.
Quantum theory explains how light and matter behaves and new science developed over the last two decades can create and manipulate naturally occurring quantum effects.
A step change in the water industry is needed, and a collaborative approach to innovation is the key.
That was the message to delegates at the Water Innovation Network ‘WIN Business in AMP6’ event in Peterborough on the 30th October. Representatives of businesses large and small from across the UK attended the event to hear how changes in regulation will influence how Anglian Water works with suppliers over the next 5 years.
Swansea Council has given outline planning permission to the multi-million pound Innovation Quarter proposed by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) on the city’s waterfront.
The master plan for the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter includes proposals to develop purpose-built facilities for learning, teaching and applied research as well as social, leisure and wider recreational spaces.
Better by design: strengthening UK business and boosting growth
Innovate UK has published a strategy to help the UK prosper from the value that good design can bring to innovative business.
A new strategy on design in innovation sets out to accelerate UK economic growth through a wider take-up of the benefits of good design across industry.
Innovate UK’s ‘Design in innovation strategy 2015-2019’ was launched at the Innovate 2015 event in London.
Key elements of the design in innovation strategy
The government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, is looking to invest up to £4 million in collaborative R&D projects which address cross-platform convergence in digital media technologies.
With consumers accessing content in an increasing variety of ways, Innovate UK is interested in applications that address the fragmentation brought about by new devices and networks, as well as the fresh contexts in which content can be consumed.
Business Secretary announces a new national panel of innovation expertise and a regional review of the UK’s science capabilities.
Business Secretary Sajid Javid has (9 November 2015) announced a new national panel of innovation expertise and a regional review of the UK’s science capabilities to help make Britain the best place in Europe to innovate.
The Royal Society of Chemistry is organising their flagship innovation initiative, Emerging Technologies Competition. The competition is designed to accelerate the commercialisation of promising technologies in the fields of health & wellbeing, energy & environment, food & water and materials.