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Collaborate to Drive Agri-Tech Innovation on the Norwich Research Park

19 Sep 2019

This event is being held in collaboration with Agri Tech East as part of Agri Tech Week 2019 at Norwich Research Park With an estimated 9 billion people inhabiting the planet by 2050 and a changing climate putting a strain on current agricultural practices it is now, more than ever, apparent that feeding this rapidly expanding population will require multiple approaches to increasing crop production. Through innovative concepts derived from multiple disciplines, this event will demonstrate the new agri-technologies made possible by sharing expertise, platforms and funding opportunities from our academics with agritech companies based on the Norwich Research Park.

EI Innovate: genomics data to advance bioscience

12 Sep 2019

Developing solutions to global issues with EI’s advanced capabilities and expertise in genomics and bioinformatics - improving global food security, environmental management, conservation, health and wellbeing. This event will showcase our capabilities and expertise in genomics, bioinformatics, synthetic biology, crop phenotyping, and high-performance computing.

New blood test for prostate cancer is highly-accurate and avoids invasive biopsies

11 Sep 2019

A new and simple blood test has been found to efficiently and accurately detect the presence of aggressive prostate cancer, according to research by Queen Mary University of London. In combination with the current prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, the new test could help men avoid unnecessary and invasive biopsies, over-diagnosis and over-treatment.

Knowledge Exchange Framework: Outcomes of Consultation and Pilot Exercise

29 Aug 2019

In January 2019 Research England published a consultation on their proposals for the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). At the same time, they invited English Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to participate in a pilot exercise to test and refine the proposals. The findings contained in the report are being used to inform the ongoing development of the KEF.

New Antimicrobial Coating Could be Key in Fight Against Hospital-Acquired Infections

28 Aug 2019

Scientists at the University of Birmingham have created an antimicrobial coating for steel surfaces which has proven to rapidly kill bacteria that cause some of the most common hospital-acquired infections.  Developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham, patented by University of Birmingham Enterprise, and to be commercialised by a new company NitroPep, the coating – also called NitroPep - has been heralded as a new tool in the fight against the spread of infection.

How NOT to get a Bioinformatics Patent

28 Aug 2019

Multidisciplinary inventions have become more commonplace in recent years, particularly as artificial intelligence (AI) is being used as a tool in a wide range of biotech applications, such as medical image analysis and drug discovery. However, whereas biotech inventions may generally be considered to relate to inherently patentable subject matter, biotech inventions that are implemented using a computer or AI may have an additional hurdle to pass. In this article, we explore this additional hurdle by looking at why a patent application that relates to bioinformatics has been objected to by both the UK and US Patent Offices.

New coasts and shorelines: Shifting sands in the creative economy

28 Aug 2019

The Centre for Rural Creativity at Shetland College UHI and Shetland Arts Development Agency are inviting creative practitioners, researchers, professionals and arts organisations to join us in exploring, creating and debating creative practice and collaboration in the creative economy. This conference will look to the multitude of multidisciplinary research and knowledge exchange across the creative industries and creative economy, with a focus on islands, culture and heritage, and young people. We are particularly interested in proposals that look at innovation, challenges and opportunities in these areas or invite new perspectives on the perceived ‘urban and rural’ divide.

Economic Intelligence Wales’ first annual report highlights confidence in Welsh business sector despite UK uncertainty

28 Aug 2019

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Wales have higher levels of confidence than their UK counterparts, despite challenging business conditions and increasing uncertainty of UK and global economic prospects, according to the first annual report published by Economic Intelligence Wales (EIW) today. The new research unit is a collaboration between Cardiff Business School, the Office for National Statistics and the Development Bank of Wales, created to monitor the activity of Welsh SMEs, factors affecting their development and the progress of the regional economy.

MICRA Showcase at the British Science Festival

27 Aug 2019

The first MICRA showcase will be exploring areas for collaboration based on key research specialisations of the partner institutions, as well as featuring some of our successful existing commercialisation success stories. There will be poster presentations from projects being funded by the MICRA programme, and breakout sessions after the presentations for each of the topics. This is an invitation-only event which is taking place alongside the British Science Festival on the University of Warwick Campus - with over 20 free events taking place throughout the day, it’s another great reason to come along!

Birmingham City University to tackle employability issues with two-day event

27 Aug 2019

Birmingham City University will tackle the issue of employability across the region with a DataJam West Midlands event this September. The two-day event, which runs from 11-12 September, brings together experts, professionals and practitioners from a number of sectors to discuss and identify solutions to the West Midlands’ employability concerns. Businesses will be able to find answers to a number of issues, including recruiting the right skills for their company and influencing regional skills provision. The event is also an opportunity to pitch questions to delegates to find solutions to various business challenges.