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Science and Technology Business and Industry Seminar Programme

Science and Technology's 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 is hosted on campus, with lunch provided to help facilitate networking. The seminars are open to students, academic staff, and partner businesses.

Previous Seminars

The Journey to a Smarter City

The Journey to a Smarter City

Rashik Parmar, IBM Academy of Technology

Wednesday 06 March 2013, 1300-1500
C74 InfoLab21

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.

How Unilever Finds Technology Partners

How Unilever Finds Technology Partners

Roger Leech, Unilever Discover Operations & Science Grid Director, Unilever UK Central Resources Limited

Wednesday 20 March 2013, 1300-1500
Cavendish Colloquium Room

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...

Science and Innovation Challenges for United Utilities

Science and Innovation Challenges for United Utilities

Tony Conway, Strategic Programmes Director, United Utilities

Wednesday 12 June 2013, 1200-1400
Lecture Theatre, Charles Carter Building (A15)

Tony is an Executive Director of United Utilities, a water and wastewater utility company serving seven million customers in the north west of England. In a career of over thirty years he has led asset management, operations and engineering functions, as well as business change, transformation and regulatory programmes.

Innovation Priorities for the Chemical Using Industries

Innovation Priorities for the Chemical Using Industries

Carol Boyer-Spooner, CEO, Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network/International Business Leaders Forum

Wednesday 23 October 2013, 1200-1500

Venue: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Meeting Room 1

"Leeeeerooooy Jeeeeeenkins..." - The impact of game technologies on how we learn

Stuart Armstrong, QinetiQ

Wednesday 06 November 2013, 1200-1400
Engineering Lecture Theatre 3

Stuart is the Chief Technology Officer for QinetiQ's Simulation and Training Group. Stuart started his career at the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (then part of the UK MOD) in 1999, developing defence simulations and joined QinetiQ when it was privatised in 2001. Since then, Stuart has been responsible for the practical exploitation and application of many simulation technologies in support of a wide and diverse military user base.

Research Challenges at the BBC

Research Challenges at the BBC

Adrian Woolard and Keith Mitchell, BBC

Wednesday 19 February 2014, 1200-1400
LEC Training Room 1

Talk Title: An Overview of BBC R&D and Visions for The Future