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Sector News

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Autumn Statement puts innovation at heart of industrial strategy

Innovate UK has welcomed Autumn Statement commitments to the Industrial Strategy challenge fund and funding for Biomedical Catalyst and ultra-low emission and autonomous vehicles.

Science & Innovation Audits: Second wave

BEIS has produced the 8th SIA update note which is printed below:

We are pleased to be able to share with you that the consortia undertaking the second wave of SIAs has been announced as part of the Autumn Statement they are:

PM announces major research boost to make Britain the go-to place for innovators and investors


In her first speech to the CBI Annual Conference today (21/11/16), Prime Minister Theresa May will outline the first steps in a modern, ambitious Industrial Strategy which will build on the country’s strengths and address the long-term structural challenges which can hold British businesses back.

The Prime Minister will use her speech to business leaders today to outline how her government will step up to the task and get the economy firing on all cylinders by announcing plans to secure the UK’s long-term commitment to research and innovation, including:

An invitation from the Tech Partnership to UKSPA members

The Tech Partnership (previously known as e-skills UK) is the network of 1000+ companies, large and small, collaborating to create the skills for the digital economy. They are a registered charity, formed to address the serious shortage in tech and digital skills across the UK, which is holding businesses back in a digital world.

BEIS Science and Innovation Audit Update


BEIS has prouced the 7th SIA update note which is reproduced below:

Women in Innovation Awards 2016: 15 Female Entrepreneurs Honoured


Fifteen of the UK’s most innovative women were honoured at an awards ceremony at London’s Royal Society of Arts earlier today.

Innovate UK launched this nationwide competition in May 2016. The aim was to challenge the low numbers of women entrepreneurs in the UK.

Recruit the World’s Top Science, Engineering, Technology and Applied Arts Trainees with IAESTE


In today’s competitive, global economy, sourcing high-calibre staff can be a real challenge.

Dr Brian Bowsher is new CEO of STFC


Dr Brian Bowsher has been appointed as the Chief Executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Science Minister Jo Johnson announced (27 October 2016). He will take up his position on 1 November 2016.

Science Minister Jo Johnson said:

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS 34th IASP World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation


The Turkish Technology Parks Consortium (Teknopark Istanbul, ODTU Teknokent and ITU ARI Teknokent) will host the 34th IASP Annual World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation in September 2017.

The conference will bring together experts from STPs (Science and Technology Parks) and other AOIs (Areas of Innovation), technology-based incubators, academia, the public sector and business to discuss and debate in depth the trends in STPs and other areas of innovation as increasingly complex structures for professional innovation support.