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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season …
I joined the Transforming Food Production (TFP) team just over a year ago, after spending five enjoyable years with the KTN Agri-food team. I helped many individual companies on their funding journey, but, while I regularly witnessed SMEs winning the funding ‘battle’ by securing a collaborative R&D project, they only had a chance of winning the funding ‘war’ once they secured private investment.
In 1985, a group of leaders from 17 European countries and the European Commission gathered in Paris to agree to work together to support closer cooperation between businesses and research organisations in the field of ‘advanced technologies’. It was the Eureka moment and saw the birth of what is today the world’s biggest public network for international cooperation in R&D and innovation. The rest as they say is history!
The built environment is critical to the wellbeing of society and underpins 43% of GDP. Yet it is one of the last remaining industries to truly modernise, adopt digital approaches and become more efficient.
We have all heard of batteries, we have all used them and as we progress away from fossil fuels, batteries are becoming more and more important to our everyday lives in the modern world. In particular Lithium-Ion, found in our …
It was in late 2016 when, following a knock on my office door, a small team walked in and introduced me to a new project. This was the start of what would later become HyNet North West.
As I reflect on a very enjoyable and productive 12 years with Innovate UK, which came after a 38-year engineering career making aircraft and cars better, safer and more economical, I have to ask myself this awkward question, “How can it be that I’ve only just woken up in the last few years to the harsh realities of climate change?”
Technology and humans in opposition from historical works like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to more recent examples in Ex Machina and The Matrix, our cultural lives have many references to AI-themed apocalyptic cautionary tales.
As the Innovation Readiness in Foundation Industries report is launched, Bruce Adderley comments on what we need to do to encourage businesses and the sector to embrace innovation in the UK.