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Posted on June 08, 2017 by Tony O'DonnellCategories: Brexit, Business Development, Market Opportunities, Smarter Innovation

Four suggestions for business leaders to help build smart sustainable innovation plans in uncertain times The obstacles to successful innovation may seem elevated by today’s political uncertainties.  However, a different perspective can help innovative business and research leaders to re-frame…

Posted on June 01, 2017 by CambiumCategories: Industrial Engagement, Research Institutions, research translation, Uncategorised

Duke of York, officially opens the new Hartree Centre building on the world-leading Sci-Tech Daresbury campus The building, opened by the Duke of York, is the home of the Hartree Centre a high-performance computing and data analytics research facility founded…

sustainable innovation
Posted on March 16, 2017 by Tony O'DonnellCategories: Market Opportunities, Smarter InnovationTags:

In an uncertain world, this $12trn market opportunity is catalysing new research and innovation to help business leaders build a sustainable competitive edge. At the start of 2017, its clear we are living in an uncertain world.  Unexpected world events…

UK Industrial Strategy

Success of the Industrial Strategy depends on better research translation to create valuable practical innovations that will enable UK businesses to win in global markets Earlier this year the UK Government launched its green paper, “Building Our Industrial Strategy” [1]…

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23 June

The Global Goals are going to transform our world and that transformation will create opportunities for new business models to deliver new products and services into new markets.

After the largest public consultation ever undertaken, the Goals were adopted by the UK and the other 192 Member States of the United Nations in 2015. They call for economic growth, innovation, affordable energy, and upgraded infrastructure – and provide a path to end extreme poverty, fight inequality, and protect the planet.

Every company (and every citizen) needs to understand this important global mega-trend!

8 June

With world population predicted to reach almost 10 billion by 2050, there is a pressing need to boost productivity of the agri-food sector while maintaining high sustainability standards and low environmental impact. This is one of the greatest challenges for the industry, especially when labour costs are rising. Automation and robotics are seen as one of the potential solutions for these challenges, and activities are underway that develop new platforms that could save time and costs, and reduce labour requirements.

KTN is organizing two events that will feature a range of speakers from the agri-food industry presenting examples of ongoing projects and successful approaches. These events will address the needs of the arable, horticultural and livestock industries, as well as the food processing and manufacturing sector. These event will bring together experts to discuss industry needs, technological gaps, key enabling technologies such as robotics and autonomous systems, imaging technologies, sensors, and the Internet of Things.

14 June

What are the big challenges facing knowledge exchange and commercialisation practitioners, and how can we work together to address them?
These and other issues will be under the microscope at the PraxisUnico 2017 Conference, alongside the “big picture” view of the landscape in which we work.
Just as we celebrate the diversity which makes the UK a leader in knowledge exchange and commercialisation within university and Public Sector Research Establishments, we draw upon speakers from across a wide range of backgrounds: industry experts, policy influencers and expert practitioners from home and abroad, covering topics pertinent to knowledge exchange and commercialisation in all disciplines.

28 November

The challenge for the agricultural sector is therefore one of sustainable intensification. This means increasing food production while simultaneously reducing environmental impacts and enhancing the wide range of interlinked ecosystem services that society needs from land. The UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has sought to address this challenge by investing £4 million of research through the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP) which is due to be concluded in November 2017. This conference will explore the outcomes of SIP and other relevant research. International contributions will be very welcome.