• Jobs in science and engineering set to boom, says Minister Matthew Hancock

    BIS 30 April 2014

    Matthew Hancock, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, spoken at the first STEMtech conference and outlined plans to get more young people, especially young women, interested in science, technology, engineering and maths. “Sky-reaching, boundary-smashing, future-shaping disciplines that from Newton to Berners-Lee have made Britain great. And made the world a better place to live……

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  • Finalists revealed for the 2014 MacRobert Award

    Royal Academy of Engineering 28 April 2014

    Three UK companies: OptaSense, the UK company creating the ‘Earth’s Nervous System’; Cobalt Light Systems, an SME using cutting-edge materials science to fight terrorism; and Rolls-Royce, the engineering giant behind the world’s first vertical take-off system for a supersonic fighter jet, have been revealed as this year’s finalists for the most prestigious UK engineering award. Synonymous with spotting…

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  • Chemical engineers to support Trillion Tonne Communiqué

    IChemE 24 April 2014

    The Institution of Chemical Engineers has given its support to the Trillion Tonne Communiqué – a global call to arms from organisations who take the science of climate change seriously and demand a proactive policy response. The Communiqué has been produced by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group – a group of business leaders…

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  • JBA and Lancaster University to develop enhanced flood modelling techniques

    JBA Consulting 22 April 2014

    JBA and Lancaster University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics have joined forces to create a Knowledge Transfer Partnership. The partnership will deliver a project on the development of improved models for extremes of localised and widespread flooding. This will lead to better estimates of flood risk in cities, over large scales and for important infrastructure networks…

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  • Concrete Canvas adds to Silver Medal with a Queen’s Award

    Concrete Canvas 22 April 2014

    Concrete Canvas Ltd. has won a 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. The awards are made annually by HM The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence in each category. The original award was first presented in 1966 and is the UKs highest accolade for business success. Previous winners include McLaren Electronic Systems (UK) Ltd, Land Rover…

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  • Silver Medals for UK’s brightest up-and-coming tech entrepreneurs

    Royal Academy of Engineering 18 April 2014

    A Facebook software engineer, the Rolls-Royce director of the new and fastest-selling Rolls-Royce civil engine ever made, one of Europe’s leading authorities on digital security, and two of the UK’s sharpest young manufacturing entrepreneurs have today been awarded Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medals for their contribution to society. The coveted Silver Medal award was…

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  • Metamaterials research receives £2.5 million boost

    EPSRC 17 April 2014

    Research into using metamaterials in optics has already produced the possibility of an invisibility cloak. To take these ideas further into allied areas of advanced materials £2.5 million is being invested by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Researchers will apply concepts to fields such as acoustic metamaterials, thermal cloaking and to engineer designer…

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  • Radiation tolerant ‘cleaning’ alga discovered

    IChemE 17 April 2014

    A radiation tolerant alga capable of living in extreme conditions may soon be used to help clean-up effluent and wastewater produced by nuclear facilities. The micro-alga – called Coccomyxa actinabiotis – was discovered in a used fuel cell storage pool at a nuclear facility and is capable of withstanding extreme radiation doses of up to…

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  • Speed, cost and capacity are hurdles for the climate change battle

    IChemE 14 April 2014

    Energy expert and deputy president of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, professor Geoff Maitland, is urging governments to show collective leadership and commit resources to defeat the damage being caused by climate change. Professor Maitland’s comments follow publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) third report:Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change, which…

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  • Academy welcomes House of Lords report on impact of immigration rules on international STEM student applications to UK universities

    Royal Academy of Engineering 11 April 2014

    The Royal Academy of Engineering has welcomed the conclusions of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the impact of immigration rules on applications by international STEM students to UK universities. According to the report of the inquiry, to which the Academy was invited to provide evidence, university engineering departments throughout the…

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