• Boost for aerospace industry

    BIS 22 June 2015

    Business Minister Anna Soubry today (22 June 2015) opened new cutting edge research facilities in Coventry and announced new technology projects to keep the UK a world leader in aerospace. The projects, which are jointly funded by industry and government, include work to develop ‘slippery wings’ and boost productivity. Anna Soubry announced them whilst opening…

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  • Cambridge engineer scoops top public engagement prize

    RAEng 18 June 2015

    Zeppelins, bouncing bombs and boomerangs: bringing engineering to life 18 June 2015 – Cambridge University Reader in Mechanical Engineering Dr Hugh Hunt has been awarded the 2015 Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Award for his outstanding contribution to the public promotion of engineering. Through direct education, television and radio, he has inspired thousands of people…

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  • Airbus to build the world’s largest satellite network

    Airbus 15 June 2015

    Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, announced that it has been selected by OneWeb Ltd. as its industrial partner for the design and manufacturing of its fleet of microsatellites. This initial production of 900 satellites, each weighing less than 150 kilogrammes, is planned for launch into low Earth orbit beginning in…

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  • Mosquito control method sees British scientist named one of Europe’s top inventors

    BIS 12 June 2015

    British scientist and entrepreneur Luke Alphey has been named one of Europe’s top inventors by the 2015 European Inventor Award for his ground-breaking work on the control of mosquitos. Launched by the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2006, the European Inventor Award is one of Europe’s most prestigious innovation prizes, honouring individuals and teams whose…

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  • Howard Covington announced as Chair of The Alan Turing Institute

    EPSRC 3 June 2015

    The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) today announced the appointment of Howard Covington as the Chair of The Alan Turing Institute. The Institute will build on the UK’s existing academic strengths and help position the country as a world leader in the analysis and application of big data and algorithm research. Its headquarters…

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  • £10 million Internet of Things opportunity for UK universities

    EPSRC 2 June 2015

    A competition to develop a new £10 million Research Hub, that will explore the interdisciplinary challenges around security, privacy and trust in the Internet of Things (IoT), is now open. The Research Hub will combine a small number of leading universities. The funding for this activity will be led by the RCUK Digital Economy Theme, through…

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  • Water filtration system named best African engineering innovation

    RAEng 2 June 2015

    A Tanzanian chemical engineer has won the first Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation with his specialised water-filtration system. Dr Askwar Hilonga’s innovation – a sand-based water filter that cleans contaminated drinking water using nanotechnology – has earned him prize money of UK £25,000. Each Nanofilter is engineered for a specific body of…

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