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Sector News

Sector News

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.

Free satellite data to help tackle public sector challenges


Government departments, emergency services and local authorities will receive free access to thousands of high-resolution satellite images of Britain, under plans announced today by Science Minister Sam Gyimah.

The UK Space Agency’s Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP) will provide access to archives of images and radar data for research and development projects.

IASP World Conference - Call for papers

The International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation have circulated a Call for Contributions to their World Conference (in Nantes, France, on 24 – 27 September 2019, www.iasp2019nantes.com).

The conference main theme will be ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution: areas of innovation and science parks as key boosters for a successful transition’ and will address: 

Lab Innovations 2018 - the home of new laboratory product launches

Lab Innovations, the UK’s only trade show dedicated to the laboratory industry, will again host a range of laboratory introductions during the event at the NEC, Birmingham, on 31st October to 1st November.

UK's largest science and technology property partnership fomed between Legal & General and Bruntwood

Bruntwood and Legal & General Capital (Legal & General) have established a landmark 50:50 partnership to create the UK’s largest property platform dedicated to driving science and technology growth in regional cities.

The deal will see the two partners invest £360m of capital, property and intellectual assets into a new company, Bruntwood SciTech, with a business plan supporting the creation of 20,000 high value jobs.

Ireland's first ever satellite moves one step closer to launch into space

Pictured at UCD are; Joe Thompson, PhD student, UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering; John Halligan TD, Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development and Maeve Doyle, PhD student, UCD School of Physics. (Image: Colm Mahady, Fennell Photography).