23 July 2014

This summer's edition of the newsletter from LEC's enterprise and business partnerships team.

Latest News

Playing Parasites- Pests in the Press

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation graduate researcher Stephanie Bryan explains why plant parasitic nematodes were a hot topic at the Six Nations Rugby Tournament this year in her blog. Her PhD project for Arcis Biotechnology explores the ecological impacts of a potential new nematode control agent which could help improve the quality of the world’s sports pitches.

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Highly-skilled talent available through internship programme

Six new case studies show how businesses have benefited from Lancaster University's Science and Technology Internship Programme. The programme provides a way for businesses to access students' up-to-date skills and knowledge in areas such as chemistry, computing and communications, engineering, environment, maths and statistics, natural sciences, physics and psychology.

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Over 4,000 people register for free online food security course

A new free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Global Food Security explores how we can feed an extra two billion people by 2050. The free course, which is aimed at anyone with a personal or professional interest in these issues, uses specially shot video inserts as well signposting students towards existing articles, videos and other materials.

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Intelligent Turf Limited benefit from KARIM

Intelligent Turf Limited, based in Preston, aims to encourage turfgrass professionals to embrace the concept of precision turfgrass management through the capture, analysis and visualisation of objective plant and soil data. Through the KARIM project, they appointed two interns. “We benefited by the creation of two new products. We found the internship programme very useful and the support offered through the process very helpful,” Owen Mullen, Director, Intelligent Turf Limited.

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We’d like you to move in! Office space and hot desks available

Come and co-locate alongside Lancaster University's internationally renowned knowledge base. Lancaster University has hosted over 100 companies since 2005. We have office space and hot desk space for environment related businesses. Base your entire company on campus, just your R&D staff, or take a hot desk when you need it.

Contact Helen Boulton 01524 510 409 for more information.

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Unilever helps prepare future scientists at Lancaster University

Unilever is helping to develop the environmental scientists and toxicologists of the future by teaching a full module as part of Lancaster University masters degrees. “The on-going collaborative links between R&D scientists at Unilever’s Safety & Environmental Assurance Centre (SEAC) and LEC are enabling us to create new research and training networks globally,” explained Dr Julia H. Fentem, FBTS Global Vice President R&D, SEAC.

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Big Data Workshop, Lancaster University, June 13th, 10am-4pm

Lancaster University is inviting organisations interested in the concepts of big data to share their views on what skills are needed to develop a new generation of graduates who can use big data sets for business advantage. This will be a highly participative event, with a focus on collaboratively defining a new suit of educational programmes on data science, and building partnerships. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Clean & Cool Event at the International Festival of Business, Tuesday 17th July 2014, Crowne Plaza, Liverpool

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is sponsoring ‘Clean & Cool: Where innovation in low carbon meets the technical challenge’ as part of this year’s International Festival of Business. Delegates will meet, exchange ideas and network with low carbon innovators, venture capitalists and corporate business, to open up supply chains to innovative new solutions.

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Lancaster Environment Centre Showcase 2014, Thursday 18th September, 4-7.30pm

We are welcoming visitors to come and find out more about the activities and research at the centre. The event will include meet the experts sessions, exhibits, tours of the facilities, talks from current resident companies, networking and refreshments. Explore the building including new hot desk space, meet our resident environmental businesses and researchers, and learn about how we're tacking global environmental issues.

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Doing Business in Africa,Thursday June 19th, Lancaster Environment Centre

LEC resident company Envirofly Consulting UK Limited, which has just moved into LEC, are running a one day workshop on doing business in Africa. To celebrate their move, the workshop is offered to LEC newsletter readers at 50% discount of £75 with lunch provided. Delegates will learn about opportunities in the sustainability/environment sectors covering technology, education, training, finance, media, resource management and retailing.

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Congratulations to LEC resident company The REACH Centre for being shortlisted for the next round of The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, in the small business of the year category.

Open for entry this month:

Around the University

£1.7 million academy launched to boost engineering industry

Lancaster University has launched a £1.7 million Engineering Design Academy. Businesses can benefit from the academy in a range of ways such as accessing students, graduates, engineers, as well as facilities and equipment.

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And Finally...

BBC highlights pollution threat