9 September 2014

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

Latest News

New Flood Management course to help stem the tide of flood devastation

LEC has collaborated with specialist water environment and flood risk management consultancy JBA Consulting to launch a new postgraduate course for water and environmental industry professionals. The flexible learning programme offers a diverse range of topics, from 2D flood modelling and hydraulic processes, to sustainable catchment systems and SuDS design.

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First Cohort of Lancaster China Catalyst Programme

16 businesses have been recruited on the first cycle of the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme, designed to help businesses develop R&D partnerships with Chinese counterparts in Guangdong Province, supported by specialist teams in the UK and China. R&D projects include developing environmental sensors, global chemical regulatory systems, a carbon fibre city car, and novel energy storage systems. Businesses are currently being recruited for the second cycle, for more information contact china-catalyst@lancaster.ac.uk

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Resident company collaboration to develop sustainable fertilisers

LEC resident company Stopford Energy and Environment Limited, the James Hutton Institute, and Aqua Enviro Limited are collaborating with LEC scientists to formulate sustainable fertilisers from renewable energy waste. The new digestate-ash fertiliser could provide a sustainable alternative to existing oil and gas crop fertilisers, help to improve food security, and reduce costs to farmers. It could also make these forms of renewable energy more appealing to investors, as ash is currently expensively dumped at landfill.

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Download 5 Free Market Foresight Reports from KARIM

Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network (KARIM) have released market foresight reports on ecotoxicology, marine and offshore energy, water infrastructure resilience, and micro-fluidics and micro-injection moulding, which give businesses an overview of commercial opportunities in each area. The KARIM project is designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises in North West Europe access innovation support and technology, and make the region more competitive by creating a network of centres collaborating on technology transfer. The project’s achievements will be showcased at the KARIM conference in Brussels on Thursday 2nd October.

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Exploit the opportunities presented by big data with our data analysts

IT has made it possible to amass vast data sets on topics like social trends, public opinion, purchasing habits, medical profiles, and environmental records. From understanding why customers select certain products to optimising fleet logistics, data analytics can provide organisations with the ability to make better business decisions. LEC, in collaboration with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University, has recruited 45 of the brightest minds onto a new Data Science MSc Business Engagement programme.We are looking for partner organisations to offer business-relevant challenges for our students to address over a 12-week full or part time placement.

Contact Simon Tomlinson for more information.

£4.4 million LEC expansion

LEC is expanding, with a new £4.4 million, 680 m2 building housing two laboratories with bench space for 216 students that will be shared with the Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences. The building, designed by architects ADP and being built by Harry Fairclough Construction, is due to be completed by the end of January 2015. The laboratories will be used mainly for undergraduate teaching and project work, with some masters level work also taking place there. To find out more about developing training programmes with LEC, or student projects, contact the LEC EPB team.

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Energy and Fules From Waste Course Open for Bookings

Lancaster University and Stopford Energy & Environment are pleased to announce their three-module PG-Cert in Energy & Fuels from Waste is accepting bookings for its fourth cohort in as many years. The course has a broad curriculum covering the financial, technical, operational and regulatory aspects of the industry, and is aimed at new entrants and experienced practitioners alike. Several site visits to EFFW facilities in the NW are undertaken, and students have the opportunity to learn from some of the sector’s leading experts. Modules run from November to March 2015.

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

Lancaster Environment Centre is opening its doors to visitors. Find out how you could improve your business with knowledge, resources and funding available at one of Europe’s top environmental research centres. Take a guided tour of facilities, including office space and hot desks for businesses, register for ‘meet the expert’ sessions on engaging with Lancaster University and the resident company experience, and network at the exhibition of resident companies and LEC research portfolio.

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SuDS: Changing the Landscape, Tuesday 23rd September, 9-5pm, LEC.

This event, supported by The Knowledge Transfer Network and run by LEC in collaboration with British Water, will review the current standards of sustainable drainage systems. Join us to debate the key issues, such as planning, retrofit, SuDS techniques, case studies, and maintenance. Speakers include representatives from JRJ Consulting, The Environment Agency, Aecom, DSA, ACO, Murphy, Hydro Consultancy, Cardiff City Council, and Kent County Council.

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Lancaster China Catalyst Programme Second Cycle Launch, Monday 27th October, 5:30-8:00 pm, Lancaster University Management School

The Lancaster China Catalyst Programme provides UK companies with a significant package of support to develop R&D partnerships with Chinese counterparts in Guangdong Province, underpinned by the opportunity to access significant grant investment. There are 45 places for businesses in the second cycle of the programme, which will take place in 2015. Join us to find out more about the programme, hear from the first cycle cohort about how they are being supported by the Catalyst team to develop new products and services, and network with like-minded businesses.

To register for this fully funded event, please email china-catalyst@lancaster.ac.uk


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Around the University

Chemistry facility to boost small business innovation and manufacturing sectors

High-value manufacturing is to be bolstered by a new £11.3 million technology facility to be created by Lancaster University. The Collaborative Technology Access Programme (cTAP) will include a purpose-built facility that will offer businesses managed access to a suite of cutting-edge instrumentation and facilities worth almost £7 million. For example, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy worth £1.7 million; chromatography and mass spectrometry instruments, worth £1.5 million; molecular and material analytical and diagnostic instruments; and a next generation 3D microprinting system.

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And Finally...

Student helps Watermen in BBC series


LEC Enterprise & Business Partnerships Team

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