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NERC Policy placements with Welsh Government, Scottish Government and UK Government Office for Science

NERC has launched three opportunities for policy placements: NERC Welsh Government high level policy placement NERC is partnering with the Welsh Assembly Government to seek a...

Arup Research Challenge 2015

Global Research Challenge 2015 – Future Cities Arup would like to invite you to consider participating in their Global Research Challenge this year. It is an annual award which aims at...

UK Firm wins H2020 funding for underwater mining robot

Here is an article from the H2020 project website: - A UK-based firm has won €12.6m of funding from Horizon 2020 to develop an underwater mining robot. It is hoped that the new technology...

NERC Innovation Projects call (formerly KE projects call)

NERC have given advanced notice of their funding for Innovation Projects and details are available on the NERC website : - Here is an outline taken from the NERC website: - "The next...

Rare earth deal in Burundi criticized amid political turmoil

An article on the DW website reports on criticism of a deal for a German company to develop a  Rare Earth deposit in Burundi "Private mining company Rainbow Rare Earth Limited...

Mineral Resources A major challenge in the context of Sustainable Development

Professor Georges Calas from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris VI has delivered a series of lectures that are available via this weblink. (The lectures have been translated into...

Virtual Joint Centres with Brazil, China and India in Agricultural Nitrogen

The deadline for applications is 22nd July 2015.    As part of the Newton Fund BBSRC, NERC and partners in Brazil, China and India are inviting applications to enable bilateral...

£30-50k Funding Available Through Global Research Challenge 2015 – Future Cities

Expression of interest deadline is   12 June 2015. Arup would like to invite every member of the Arup community to consider participating in their Global Research Challenge this...

Photovoltaic Materials and the Green Scottish Island

In the United Nations'  International Year Year of Ligh t the BBC is featuring programmes that follow this theme.  These include an episode of the BBC Radio World Service programme...

Review of Deep Sea Mining

A presentation by Stef Kapusniak of Soil Machine Dynamics on the development of Deep Sea Mining has been uploaded into the document library .

IET Innovation Awards

The prestigious annual IET Innovation Awards showcase the very best new innovations in science, engineering and technology The ceremony will be held on 18th November 2015 at The Brewery,...

The Lunar Gold Rush - How Moon Mining Could Work

The Visual Capitalist website presents a new Infographic that considers the potential for mining on the Moon. Here is an extract from their footnotes: - "Humans are already going to...

GKN Aerospace to research additive manufacture with Metalysis low-cost titanium powder

Articles on different websites highlight a project that aims to use an innovative production process for the production of titanium powders that can be used in the Additive Layer Manufacturing...

Technology Inspired Innovation Competition is Now Open

Innovate UK is to invest up to £3 million in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four enabling technology areas that underpin future UK growth: advanced materials ; biosciences...

Unilever boss urges world leaders to reduce carbon output

Paul Polman the Chief Executive of Unilever is quoted in an article by Roger Harrabin, Environmenatl Analyst, on the BBC News website: - “It’s clear that, increasingly, the business...

Future of Business book launching in June

The Future of Business book focuses on the critical social and economic forces, business trends, disruptive technologies, breakthrough developments in science and new ideas that could reshape...

Survey on UK Proof of Concept Support

Innovate UK is undertaking a review of Proof of Concept funding for businesses and academia in the UK. To support this work Innovate UK first needs to establish a baseline for how different...

The Importance of Material Supply Chain for High Technology Applications

The importance of effective supply chain management for high-tech businesses  is illustrated a recent blog by Ben Kramer-Miller on the Investor website Seeking Alpha,entitled:-  ...

Rare Earth Elements from Mineral to Magnet

Researchers  (Janne Kuhn and Hein Gevers, Wageningen University and Research Centre) have recently published a review of the global Rare Earth markets.  Thety list the following...

Nickel The metal that brought you cheap flights

An article by Laurence Knight in the BBC News Magazin e describes how the special properties of the element nickel make it useful in a wide range of applications, for example: - "Nitinol...

The Ozone Hole - Some Good news - perhaps

An episode of the BBC Radio 4 programme 'Costing the Earth' looks back at the discovery of the 'hole' in the ozone layer by British Scientists 30 years ago. Although some recovery has taken...

Launch of Circularity Indicator Tool

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and  Granta Design  launch new indicators which, for the first time, enable companies to assess how well a product or company performs in the context...

CPD short courses at Cranfield University

Combined Heat & Power - 22-26 June 2015 There is increasing pressure for all organisations to satisfy their demand for heat and electricity in a more cost-effective, carbon-clean and...

Progress towards proposed UK Nutrient Platform

Last week KTN participated in a stakeholder workshop to discuss the potential for the formation of a UK Nutrient Platform.  A summary of the event and the presentations are now...

Public Consultation Conference - European Circular Economy Package

The European Commission is hosting a stakholder conference 'Closing the Loop - Circular Economy: boosting business, reducing waste' on 25th June in Brussels.  Full details of the invitation...

The eight essentials of innovation

In the April 2015 edition of the McKinsey Quarterly publication they list what they consider to be the eight essentials of Innovation (relationships with external networks is one element)....

Coking coal miners - worse off than iron ore producers

An article by Clyde Russell (columist for Reuters on 28th April 2015) shows how prices for coking coal have fallen even further than those for iron ore. The article can be accessed via the...

Colombia crackdown on illegal mines in Amazon

An article on the BBC News (Latin America) website describes how the Colombian governmnet has been acting against illegal mining for gold, tungsten and cobalt. Here is an extract: - "The...

Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst Round 4

The  Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) , Innovate UK and the  Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)  are to invest £40m...

UKWIR Water Talkers Platform

Water is such a precious and finite resource but most people don’t really realise it, especially in the UK where it rains a lot. It is very easy for us to take water for granted but it is vital...

Top Ten Technologies for Innovation in the Mining and Minerals Industrty

The May 2015 ediition of the Mining Magazine provide a list of the "ten technoogies that it feels have the greatest potential to bring about a step-change in mining over the next five years'....

UKWIR Challenge: Detecting the Build-up of Blockages in Complex Fluid Networks

UKWIR Challenge: Detecting the Build-up of Blockages in Complex Fluid Networks   TAGS:  Environment, Scientific...

Internet of Things cities demonstrator

Investment of up to £10 million in collaborative R&D projects to support various industries that make up a Smart City including - but not limited to - Transport, Healthcare and Energy and...

The long-term care revolution national challenge

This SBRI competition of up to £4 million aims to stimulate the development of innovative new products, services and systems that disrupt the institutional long-term care model, ensuring...

Energy Catalyst round 3

The Energy Catalyst has been established by Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to accelerate innovation in...

APC4: Driving UK Capability and Economic Impact through Low Carbon Propulsion Technologies

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Innovate UK is to invest up to £60m in collaborative research and...

Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards in China (IRNHinC)

Expressions of Interest are now invited for the Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards in China call, jointly funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, the Economic and Social...

Portable renewable energy generation funding call

The  SBRI  competition 'Portable renewable energy generation', is run by City of Cardiff Council in partnership with Innovate UK and other funding...

Low carbon transport voucher scheme

£1000 Innovation Voucher grant to support your low carbon transport innovations.    Innovation voucher scheme in the East of England is to encourage the region’s companies to...

Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation funding call

As part of the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme, NERC is launching an innovation call in this area by inviting expressions of interest (EoI) for short-term feasibility...

Industrial Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency Roadmaps to 2050

Reports that set out potential pathways for the eight most heat-intensive industrial sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency.   Iron and Steel ...

Call on Managing the Environment to Improve Human Health and Wellbeing

NERC / AHRC / ESRC call on Managing the Environment to Improve Human health and wellbeing   The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Arts & Humanities Research...

Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group SPARK Plus awards

Closing date: 16.00 on 22 May 2015 The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Innovate UK are to invest £50,000 in early-stage R&D projects aimed at encouraging...

Spearheading future electric vehicle battery production funding call

Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are to invest up to £10 million in a single consortium to develop a pilot line to understand how to produce high-voltage electric...

Probability, Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment (PURE) knowledge exchange network

PURE  (Probability, Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment) is a new  Knowledge Exchange Network and Research Programme .  Its aim is to be the  leading...

Opportunity alert: REBus - free consultancy to innovate your business model and make it more profitable

REBus is a LIFE+ funded project led by WRAP with partners including the KTN. Its aim is to demonstrate how businesses and their supply chains can implement resource efficient or “circular”...

Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation funding call

As part of the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme, NERC is launching an innovation call in this area by inviting expressions of interest (EoI) for short-term feasibility...

Innovation Vouchers - Round 12

You can get an Innovation Voucher worth up to £5,000 to pay for an external expert to help your business grow.   You can use this expert to get advice on a novel idea or to use...

Agri-Tech Catalyst round 4

The Agri-Tech Catalyst, run by the Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, offers funding to innovative businesses and researchers to develop solutions to...

Green Gown Awards 2015 - Awarding sustainability excellence

Now in their 11 th year, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. All categories are...

Cleaner, more efficient conventional fuels competition- Feasibility studies

Competition  run by Innovate UK & NERC.  The aim is to improve efficiency, reduce cost and minimise the environmental impact of coal, natural gas and oil production & use...

Enhancing the user experience through better data and design

The UK, with established strengths in digital technology and e-business strategy, but also in creative media and design, is well placed to lead in the development of products, services,...

Seeking funding for a low carbon business or project?

Meet serious qualified investors at Greenbackers. From £100K to £5M. Register now.   Are you seeking capital for your low carbon or cleantech business? If so, you are invited to...

London’s waste infrastructure investment fund

  The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) has a £20 million fund aimed at supporting businesses, primarily SMEs, willing to develop waste treatment infrastructure projects in...

IAgrE Landwards Conference 2015 - Too Much or Too Little Water?

“Too Much or Too Little Water? Engineering innovation for agricultural water management in a changing climate.   IAgrE President Mark Kibblewhite, CEnv, FIAgrE has convened this...

Welsh innovators set to showcase pioneering work

Businesses and organisations in Wales which develop ground-breaking products, services and processes are being urged to open their doors this summer to show off their ideas and expertise. ...

European Commission publishes "roadmap" for revised circular economy package

The European Commission has released a document document detailing the rationale and objectives of the new circular economy package.  Although described as a roadmap, the document is...

The Earth's Core

There is an interesting exploration of the nature of the Earth's Core in this week's episode of the BBC Radio 4 Programme "In Our Time" Here is an outline of the programme from the BBC...

Competitiveness of Primary and Secondary Raw Materials in the EU

A copy of this report produced for DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in January 2015 is now available in the document library . It is also available on the EU's JRC  ...

Gogarburn Innovation Challenge opens on 30th April 2015

Do you have a market-ready product? Think your innovation can help solve resource efficiency challenges at the RBS World HQ? Do you have a market-ready product? Could your innovation help...

DECC Roadmaps for Energy Intensive Industries in the UK

INDUSTRIAL DECARBONISATION AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY ROADMAPS TO 2050 Roadmaps to 2050 for Energy Intensive Industrial sectors in the UK were posted on the Government website by the...

European Resource Hierarchy

A discussion paper   introducing the idea of a new European Resource Hierarchy has been submitted to Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime...

Navigating the Circular Economy with Ellen MacArthur

A recenet episode of the BBC Radio 4 programme, "in Business" examines the concept of the Circular Economy through discussion with Dame Ellen MacArthur and staff from Unilever (including...

Technology Challenge - Septicity in Sewerage Systems

Anglian Water is looking to address an increasingly common issue: that of septicity in sewage with extended residence times in wet wells and rising mains.  If you believe that you have...

Australian mining towns reel from iron ore price dive

An article byJulian Lorkin on the BBC News, Australia, website describes the impact of the large decrease of the iron ore price on the smaller mining companies in Australia.  Here is an:...

Greek miners protest to keep open Eldorado gold mine

An article on the CBC Business News website reports on a protest by Greek miners after the Government revoked the mining license for a Canadian company ( Eldorado Gold) project at Skouries....

UNCTAD Commodities at a Glance Special Issue Rare Earths

The fifth in the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development's (UNCTAD) series entitled "Commodities at  a Glance" was published in 2014.  A copy has been upoalded into the...

The Use of Potentially Critical Materials in Passenger Cars

A University of Chalmers thesis by Klas Cullbrand and Olof Magnusson published in 2012 has been uploaded into the SoS MR document library . Here is the abstract:-  "High metal...

Resourcing Future Generations

In October 2014 the International Union of Geological Sciences published this White Paper. A copy has been uploaded into the SoS MRN document library. Here is part of the Summary: - ...

Bendy battery promises safe, speedy charging

An article on BBC News website comments on the development of a 'flexible' battery by scientists from America, China and Taiwan. Here is an extract from the BBC article: - "The...

Continuous underground mining of hard rock minerals

An industrial consortium led by Atlas Copco received recognition for their Call for Commitment from the European Innovation Partnerhsip for Raw Materials for their project: - Continuous...

AMW IBERS Wetland Biomass Demonstration in the Cairngorms

On the 26th and 27th March AMW, IBERS and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network and RSPB hosted a demonstration of their new ...

International Minor Metals Conference April 2015

The Minor Metals Trade Associations (MMTA) annual event will be held towards the end of April in Toronto.  The event publicity indicates that it will cover the following areas: - ...

Energy Efficient House Designs and Developments

An article in the Washington Post (20/03/15 ) describes an example of sustainable house in California. Here is an extract from the article: - "The home is in the University of California...

SolarCity Launches Microgrid Service, Available Worldwide

An article on the SolarCity website provides information on the global availability of their Microgrid Service. Here is an extract: - "America’s #1 solar power provider, today unveiled...

Rio Tinto Excellence Centres

Rio Tinto will soon be opening its new Mining Excellence Centre (MEC) whic will complement the existing Processing Excellence Centre (PEC) and Analytics Excellence Centre (AEC). Here are...

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015

This report was commissioned by UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economic (DTIE) in cooperation with Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy...

SolarCity launches community microgrids with Tesla batteries

A recent article on the phys.org website highlights developments that could change power supply systems and impact on the demand for PV and battery materials. Here is an extract from the...

New process recycles valuable rare earth metals from old electronics

An article on the Phys.org website outlines a process for recycling rare earth metals from WEEE developed by the Critical Materials Institute. Here is an extract from the article: - ...

Two Mining Companies Surrender Mining Rights for National Park in Australia

Details of this development have recently been reported in the media.  Extracts from the BBC and Guardian websites are given below: -     BBC News "Mining giants Rio...

Review of Biohydrometallurgical Metals Extraction from Polymetallic Mineral Resources

An extract from the abstract of an Open Access pape r published by MDPI in their journal Minerals is reproduced below: - "This review has as its underlying premise the need to become...

Waste as a source of Gold

An article on the BBC news website discusses a presentation that gives a new take on the saying "where there is muck there is money".  Here is an extract: - "US researchers are...

Help to attend Ozwater, Adelaide, May 12-14th

UKTI has agreed to part-fund ten places at the Ozwater conference and tradeshow through its Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) grant scheme. The visit will be run in conjunction with British...

Summary of Projects Funded in Raw Materials Area SC5 of H2020 in 2014

A file providing outlines of the projects that were funded in the : - Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials of HORIZON 2020 has been uploaded into the Security...

News on Scotgold

An article on the BBC News website comments on the financial results in the latest 6 month report. Here is an extract with information on the development work at this project: - "Work...

Visible and Invisible CO2

An article by Roger Harrab in, BBC environmental analyst, on the BBC News website discusses a report from the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI ) at the University of Leeds. The...

Green Alliance Report: UK resource governance for the 21st century

This report highlights the risks to businesses and analyses the pros and cons of six potential new institutional arrangements for the UK to address the problem of resource security, including...

Green Alliance Report: UK resource governance for the 21st century

This report highlights the risks to businesses and analyses the pros and cons of six potential new institutional arrangements for the UK to address the problem of resource security, including...

Call for an Office for Resource Management

Representatives of the three main political parties spoke at an event at the House of Parliament last week - organised by the EEF, ICE and FoE. Here are links to reports on the event from...

Office for Resource Management bid launched in Parliament

A group of leading organisations in the manufacturing, infrastructure and environmental sectors yesterday launched a paper in Parliament, in conjunction with the All Party Sustainable...

Help navigating legal & regulatory hurdles to circular business models

Is your company’s journey towards circular business models being hampered by legal or regulatory hurdles? If so, the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) would like to hear from you. ...

Help navigating legal & regulatory hurdles to circular business models

Is your company’s journey towards circular business models being hampered by legal or regulatory hurdles? If so, the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) would like to hear from you. ...

STYLE - Sustainability Toolkit for Easy Life-Cycle Eveluation

Project STYLE has three key objectives: To identify best practice in sustainability evaluation, across multiple sectors in the process industries and through value chains, via inventory and...

Funding available for industry-led collaborative research projects using biotechnology

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre ( IBioIC )  has recently opened its latest Exemplar Project Competition and is inviting applications from industrially-led...

Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship scheme support to researchers and innovators

Since being established in 1997, the RSE Enterprise Fellowship scheme has supported more than 180 researchers to develop and launch new businesses, with companies formed across a wide range of...

Managing the environment to improve human health & wellbeing

The Valuing Nature Programme is inviting interested parties to contribute to the shaping of its forthcoming Health & Wellbeing call - to be announced in May 2015 - by completing the an...
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We're gearing up for RESOURCE 2015

Visit the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK at RESOURCE 2015 . To...

Call for Papers - ADBA R&D Forum

Deadline for submission is 12 January 2015    ADBA R&D Forum i n...

Innovate UK Circular Economy: Business Models Competition

Innovate UK is to invest up to £800k in feasibility studies into the business case for...

Getting value from the circular economy – understanding your business' value networks

As part of the Ellen MacArthur Disruptive Innovation Festival, Forum for the Future and KTN...

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Arup Research Challenge 2015 - Future Cities

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Maximise the impact of your R&D activities. Sharpen the definition of your project with...

Biosensors in Agriculture - more sensors people needed

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"Innovate UK is undertaking a review of Proof of Concept funding for businesses and academia...

Proof of Concept Funding - have your say

Innovate UK is carrying out a review of proof of concept funding for businesses and academics...