Science and Technology's new business and industry seminar programme invites senior representatives from a diverse range of commercial and allied organisations to talk about their science and innovation challenges. Each seminar will be hosted on campus, with lunch provided to help facilitate networking between the delegates. There is an open invitation to students, academic staff, partner businesses, and the invited speaker.
The programme will run throughout the year. The first three speakers have been confirmed and registration is now open:
Rashik Parmer, IBM Academy of Technology
Wednesday 06 March 2013, 1300-1500
The city infrastructure is trying to cope with unprecedented levels of demand. At the same time technology allows us to capture more information about the city and achieve higher levels of optimisation. During this talk Rashik will explore the challenges and opportunities of using this new information to evolve to Smarter cities and cope with the increased demands.
Roger Leech, Unilever Discover Operations & Science Grid Director, Unilever UK Central Resources Limited
Wednesday 20 March 2013, 1300-1500
Unilever R&D has the task of finding and delivering science and technology solutions for a range of products covering personal care, home care, foods and refreshment. Today many of these solutions are related to the environmental impact of the business, and the creation of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan sets the challenges and targets for Unilever to reduce their environmental impact while they grow the business. The talk will give examples of these challenges and how Unilever finds...
Carol Boyer-Spooner, CEO, Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network/International Business Leaders Forum
Wednesday 23 October 2013, 1300-1500
Chemicals Northwest is the industry-led, chemical cluster support organisation for the £10 billion North West chemical sector, the largest in the UK, and works in partnership with both the private and public sectors. The talk will give an overview of the innovation priorities for the chemical sector.
Science and Technology travel grant funding for 2012/2013 is fully committed, so no more funding is available for travel up to 31 July 2013.
FST Conference Support funding is also fully committed for 2012/2013.
Seb Cooper, a second year Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology student, took up the Lancaster University Coffeemat Challenge, the annual competition where students submit a business idea on a coffeemat. He won first prize for his concept of a new university website, complete with mobile application, to capture the campus social scene at a glance.
The first Business Partnerships and Enterprise annual report highlights some key achievements in the first year of a cohesive faculty strategy for collaborations with business and industry.
As part of the University's web Transformation programme, ISS are redeveloping their web presence, with the aim of:
They are therefore aiming to create a new website that is fit for purpose, both in terms of ISS maintaining it and our users finding the information they need in the format that they need it.
ISS intend the project to be consultative, for ISS staff's and users' opinions to be valued and for the resultant website to reflect the main needs identified by these people. They have asked staff and students for some very open-ended feedback about their information needs (see staff survey) and are also looking for members of staff from across the University to attend a workshop to explore the themes emerging from the survey. This is relatively early on in the project, and will help to the scene for designing the structure and tone of the new website.
The staff workshop will be on Thursday 28 February 11am-1pm, with lunch provided. If you are interested in taking part please email Lucy Thorne
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Two researchers from Lancaster University have been chosen to present their work at the House of Commons as part of an annual event showcasing the work of the UK's best early career scientists, engineers and technologists.