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New laws unlock exciting space era for UK

New laws which have just received Royal Assent, will unlock an exciting era of British space innovation, exploration and investment.

The Space Industry Bill will enable the first commercial space launch from UK soil in history, creating the potential for hundreds of highly-skilled jobs and bringing in billions of pounds for the economy.

Nominations now open for Business of Science Awards


Entries are now open for the nomination process for the Business of Science Leadership Award.

The call for entries is open to ambitious leaders of science-based organisation of all sizes across the UK

You can find all the information on the awards evening and the nominations process at the website below:

Government announces £300 million for landmark ageing society grand challenge

  • ·         Today’s funding will support better diagnosis for UK patients through AI and new tech at new regional centres of excellence.
  • ·         500,000 Biobank volunteers will see their genome sequenced providing data that will help the UK lead the world in development of tools for early diagnosis and new pioneering therapies

Industrial Challenge Strategy Fund: Tell us what to support

Innovate UK, on behalf of UK Research and Innovation, is inviting proposals on the potential future challenges to get support through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Read more about the fund here

80% of UK's Tech Hubs are based in the South of England according to a new report


AI to affect up to a third of public sector jobs by mid 2030s

PwC report points to health and social care and education as main public service areas to be affected by the technology in the UK

Robotics & Automation 2018

Robotics & Automation 2018: Esslingen near Stuttgart, Germany 28th February

As laboratory experimentation, data and interpretation become increasingly complex, automation and information technology (IT) solutions become essential for successful drug discovery.

Science Minister promotes joint working in science, research and innovation with EU ministers

The importance of international collaboration was reinforced on Friday 2 February by Science Minister Sam Gyimah at the Research Day of the EU Competitiveness Council in Bulgaria, where he outlined his desire to see the principles of excellence, competitiveness and openness to the world to remain the guiding principles of European science and innovation, and for the UK to play a leading role in shaping these principles, both now and in the future.

British firms need to rethink their approach to innovation

The economy depends on getting more businesses to adopt new ideas, says Innovate UK’s Ruth McKernan

Doing something different, something that no-one else is doing is a risk. What if it doesn’t work? What if the returns don’t justify the investment? What if I lose so much money I have to lay people off?

Annual Business of Science Event, Liverpool, 17th May


The 2018 Business of Science conference will return on Thursday 17th May with a raft of high-profile speakers, including Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool, Professor Dame Janet Beer DBE and Richard Carter, managing director UK and Ireland for BASF. 

The event, which was launched two years ago, explores the commercialisation of great science, while highlighting the latest developments in ground-breaking innovation and invention.