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Results of Innovate UK Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste competition

In January, the KTN brought together over 120 people who believe that waste is a resource that should be exploited for commercial and environmental benefit.  By bringing together the whole...

Call for Proposals: Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

On behalf of the national Growth Programme Board, the Department for Communities and Local Government (the Managing Authority) invites applications seeking European Regional...

Zambian villagers take mining giant Vedanta to court in UK over toxic leaks

A report by John Vidal from Chingola, Zambia on the Observer website on saturady August 1st 2015 on claims that the London-listed mining company has caused polution at their KCM operation in...

UK to New Zealand mission on Agricultural and Bio-technologies in September 2015

The British High Commission in New Zealand is pleased to announce that it will host a UK-to-NZ mission   on Agricultural and Bio-technologies in September 2015. The mission is...

Practical use of mini- and micro-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for the Environmental Sciences

There is a new NERC funded training initiative: "Practical use of mini- and micro-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for the Environmental Sciences", to be hosted at the Scottish Association for Marine...

Synthetic Biology Applications for Protective Materials - Call for Proposals

The EPSRC Engineering theme, in partnership with Dstl and the BBSRC, are inviting proposals that explore research in the area of Synthetic Biology applications for Protective Materials. ...

EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability’s Annual Conference Slides Available

Many of the videos of presentations at the EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability’s Annual Conference and presentation slides are now available. To view all the presentations...

Results of Innovate UK’s Circular Economy: Business Models Competition

Innovate UK understand that the transition to a circular economy requires more than just technical innovation.  Adopting new strategies for keeping control over the product lifecycle, such...

Survey: conceptual underpinnings and practical aspects of sustainable innovation across the EU

CASI are involved in a consortium of 19 partners from 12 EU countries and running the EU funded  CASI project on Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for Assessment...

Solar Energy with Integrated Storage

The American solar energy specialist has developed systems designed to match the requirements of the mining industry.   Here is an extract from the SolarReserve website : - ...

Nautilus Minerals Awards Dewatering System Contract

The award of the contract for the o n-vessel dewatering system for the Solwara 1 project is outlined in an article by Ailbhe Goodbody on the Mining Magazine website (30 July 2015). Here is a...

The Open Source Circular Economy days London

From June 12 th -14 th the Open Source Circular Economy Days took place in at the Fab Lab London . Participants, from a variety of backgrounds, were introduced to challenges identified by...

Establish collaborations for your business and promote your activities at KTN’s stand at RWM

Like last year, KTN is hosting a stand RWM where we give latest information about Innovate UK and KTN, our support for the waste industry and the wider circular economy. KTN will also promote...

First major REBus pilot launched in UK: Argos Gadget Trade-In

Working in partnership with WRAP, major UK retailer Argos has rolled out an innovative new  Gadget Trade-in  service in over 750 stores across the UK. The key aims of the...

New Inquiry: The Government's approach to sustainable development

The new Environmental Audit Committee launches its first inquiry of the Parliament and calls for evidence on the Government’s approach to sustainable development. Promoting sustainable...

Global Mining Companies Proposing Job Cuts Due to Lower Metal Prices

The continuation of the decline in metl proces has resulted in reports of job reductions at several Global Mining concerns:- A report on the BBC News website indicates major reductions at...

Open Global Collaboration for a Circular Economy

What happens when you open up an event and create a platform that enables people to not just take part but help to build, shape it’s identify and populate it’s content with their own wonderful...

European Funding for Sustainable and Climate Resilient Business - UK Launch of Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 and Challenge 5

KTN in collaboration with Innovate UK is pleased to announce a series of events to launch the 2016 Horizon 2020 work programme for Societal Challenges 2 (Food security, sustainable agriculture...

Solutions for a climate resilient world: Horizon 2020 funding in 2016

European Brokerage Event: Solutions for a Climate Resilient World – H2020 funding for Climate Resilient Agriculture, Climate Services, Blue Growth, Earth and Ocean Observation.   ...

Northern Ireland Gold Rush?

Following on from the Tellus Northern Ireland Geological survey there has been increased interest in mineral prospects in Northern Ireland. A recent article noted the approval for the...

Solar Energy Systems in Japan

The issues after the Fukushima Nuclear accident spurred efforts to develop renewable energy systems in Japan as illustrated by the examples below: - Article by By John Nassivera | Dec 24,...

Why are there so few Heat Pump systems in the UK?

Back in March 2015 an article by Richard Anderson Business reporter, BBC News highlighted the potential for energy recovery using heat pumps using water as the source (as an alternative to...

European Brokerage Event: Circular Horizons 2016/17

European Business Brokerage event for Horizon2020 funding for resource efficient business models and the circular economy. Join us on 10 th September 2015 in London for...

Thermal Power with CCS

'From the ETI website' The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking co-venturers  to develop an investable concept for major new power generation capacity fitted with carbon...

News on New Report on the Risks of Climate Change

An article on the BBC website by Matt McGrath (Environment correspondent for BBC News) discusses a new report from the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge that...

Can you prescribe nature?

An article by Helen Briggs on the BBC News website discusses the potential health benefits from interactions with nature following the recent publication of a study by Stanford University. Here...

End of Coal Mining in Nottinghamshire

The closure of the last coal mine in Nottinghamshire is recorded in an article by Sandish Shoker BBC News Online. Here is a brief extract: - "Thoresby Colliery closes on Friday, marking...

AEC Hackathon 2.4 London

The highly successful AEC Hackathon hits the UK in July. Solve tech challenges for prizes, meet industry disruptors and hear about the latest tech at this unique weekend event. Early-bird...

Model Behavior II: Strategies to Rewire Business

A year after SustainAbility published its most popular report,  Model Behavior: 20 Business Model Innovations for Sustainability , they did more research on this topic. Their  ...

SHEAR (Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience) Research Consortia Grants 2015

Closing Date (Outline Proposals): 16:00 UK local time (GMT + 1), Tuesday 1 st September 2015.  Outline proposals are invited for a new funding opportunity as part of...

ICF and Forestry Launch Forest Economics Prize

A new award has been launched by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research , to celebrate research on forest economics. The Forest...

Nominate your candidate for the Millennium Technology Prize

Nominations are open for the Millennium Technology Prize, Finland's tribute to innovations for a better life. The aims of the prize are to promote technological research and Finland as a...

Rethinking Finance In A Circular Economy

Rethinking Finance In A Circular Economy’ is a recently released report that analyses the opportunities for financial institutions in a transition to the circular economy. The report, written...

An opportunity to apply for paid innovation internships

NERC invites existing researchers to apply for internships of up to six months, based in business, policy and civil society organisations. The intern will usually spend between 80% and 100% of...

Increasing resilience to Natural Hazards in China

This is an announcement from the Probability, Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment (PURE) Knowledge Exchange Network: Some of you will be aware of a current NERC funding opportunity in...

£10m Defence Growth Partnership Innovation Challenge - KTN guide published

Background The £10 million Ministry of Defence (MOD)-funded ‘DGP Innovation Challenge’ was announced at the opening of DGP’s UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC) in March 2015.   ...

The Central Research Laboratory (CRL) launched the call for pitches to their 1 year incubator programme for physical product start-ups

CENTRAL RESEARCH LAB We are excited to pass on a fantastic opportunity to you all. The Central Research Laboratory (CRL) launched the call for pitches to their 1 year incubator...

Apply Now: Green Alley Award 2015

The green economy start-up award from Green Alley and Seedmatch is now international, with new partners in the UK. The Green Alley Award is Europe's only award for entrepreneurs and...

The Dowling review of business-university research collaborations

This independent review by  Professor Dame Ann Dowling  was announced as part of the government’s  science and innovation strategy in December 2014 . The review makes...

‘Significant’ progress in flexible packaging recyclability project

Significant progress has been made in trialling and developing new designs aimed at greatly improving the recyclability of flexible packaging, according to resource recovery specialist Axion...

Green Infrastructure Innovation Projects Call

NERC is inviting proposals that address the issues and opportunities around green infrastructure (GI) in the planning and investment decisions that are made by local policymakers, local...

Agricultural and Bio-technologies: mission to New Zealand, September 2015 - up to £1500 funding will be available to UKR&D participants

The British High Commission in New Zealand will host a UK-to-NZ mission   on Agricultural and Bio-technologies in September 2015. The mission is planned to coincide with the NZBIO,...

The Innovation Projects Open Call

The Innovation Projects Open Call will fund projects that increase and accelerate the uptake and impact of NERC funded research outputs by supporting translational and knowledge exchange...

Follow-on Fund funding call

The Follow-on Fund is a 'proof of concept' fund to support the commercialisation of ideas arising from that NERC-funded research. This funding picks up where research programme and...

Innovation documentary looking for "disrupters" in science, technology, engineering & design

A major Hollywood Studio feature documentary film directed by Emmy Award winning filmmakers is looking for the next generation of disrupters in science, technology, engineering & design. ...

The dangers of sapphire-mining in Madagascar

The BBC has rcently produced articles/reports on Saphire mining in Madagascar: -  "The BBC Sophie's Ribstein reports from the village of Ilakaka in Madagascar for Africa Business...

Why reuse has a much greater impact than recycling

KTN member Daniel O'Connor of Warp-it explains why reuse has a much greater impact than recycling and how to increase the importance of reuse in your organisation.   Click here  for...

Plans for Potash Mine in North Yorkshire Approved

News of the Planning Authorities decision to approve plans for a new Potash mine is reported in an article by Andrew Bounds for the Financial Times.  The owner of the prospect Sirius...

Resource Revolution: Creating the Future

WRAP’s new five year plan, ‘Resource Revolution, Creating the Future’ sets out how businesses, organisations and consumers can be part of a resource revolution that will re-invent, re-think and...

Research Challenges in Industrial CCS

EPSRC , as part of its contribution to the  RCUK  Energy Programme, invites proposals for collaborative research projects to undertake fundamental research to tackle challenges in...

Incineration of British waste in Germany doubled compared to year before

An article on the German consultancy  Prognos  website reports on increasing exports of combustble watse to Germany.  Here is an extract from the  article: - "Waste...

Copper Supply and Demand Estimates

The fact that some traditional applications of copper have declined (e.g. telephone landlines) might be counter balanced by increased use for other applications (low carbon vehicles and wind...

Indium Gallium Boron Copper

The BBC World Service Radion programme has broadcast a number of new episodes examing the following: -     Gallium & Indium (Ga, In) "LED lighting, solar power and...

Harnessing the Sea

The BBC World Service Radio programme Business Daily explores the potential to source energy and minerals from the seas and oceans. Here is the programme synopsis: - "Tanya Beckett...

Learn more about the opportunities for design in innovation across a wide range of business sectors

Leading businesses are increasingly aware of design’s role in delivering innovative approaches to today’s economic and societal challenges, including: growing future cities, supporting wellbeing...

Study on the review of the list of critical raw materials

The European Comission's DG Growth has issued a new tender for a study that would update the list of Critical Raw Materials. The deadline for submissions is September 4th 2015. Details are...

Assessing the Potential Cost Savings and Resource Savings of Investments in 4 SME sectors

This report was prepared by RPA for the European Commission’s DG Environment – it is available on the European Commission’s Environment website. Here are extracts that outline the objectives and...

Views on the Planning Application for a Potash Mine in the North Yorks Moors

A report commissioned by the North Yorks Moor Park Authority on the York Potash Planning Application reviewed the results of opinion polls to predict the impact of the mine development of...

Do you need a European business partner?

If so, AquaMatch might be just what you've been looking for. AquaMatch is  an international Water Technology & Innovation brokerage event. The event is organised by the Netherlands...

Can the divestment movement tame climate change?

An article on the BBC News (Science & Environment) discusses the impact of the organisations that have sold their invetsments in the fossil fuel sector. "An increasingly popular tool...

Coking coal find by Cluff Natural Resources near Solway Firth

An article in "The Courrier" reports on fossil resource developments by Cluff Natural Resources . The resource company has announced that in addition to their resources for Underground Coal...

Sirius Minerals Approvals Update

An announcement on the Sirius Minerals company website on June 10th 2015 provides an update on their Planning Aplication. "In advance of the proposed special planning committee...

Northern Ireland goldmine underground extension plan approved

Approval of the planning application for an extension to the permit for gold,silver and lead mining, at the Cavanaw site near Omagh,was announced on the BBC Northern Ireland website on 11th...

Circular Economy in Horizon2020 Webinar recording is now available

On the 8th of June KTN hosted a webinar which provided a brief overview of the expected European funding opportunities in the 2016/17 Horizon2020 work programmes and details of support...

2015 Industrial CASE Studentship Competition

The Industrial CASE Studentship Competition promotes collaboration between the research community and the end-users of research. It aims to achieve a benefit to both the end-user and to the...

WISE Awards: Celebrating individuals and organisations that are leading the way for women in STEM

WISE is a campaign to inspire girls and women to study, work and build careers in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing (STEM).  The 2015 WISE Awards are now open for...

Proof of Concept Funding - have your say

Innovate UK is carrying out a review of proof of concept funding for businesses and academics and  are asking businesses, universities, public sector research establishments, other research...

Centre for Sustainable Systems

The Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan has published a series of FACTSHEETS covering: - Built Environment Climate Change Energy Food ...

Material taken from Tyndrum Site

An article on the BBC News - Scotland - website reports on the theft of material from the failities at the Cononish mine development buildings.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015 entry is now open

If you have a sustainable project, person, organisation or innovation worth shouting about, there is no excuse not to enter the Awards that recognises true sustainable innovation within the...

Automatic Jamming Recognition Demonstrates World First for Innovate UK supported research

Intelligent Sensing Programme – Internet of Things – 10 June 2015 Grand Connaught Rooms, London   “JammerCam™”   Lydbrook, Gloucestershire, UK, 29...

Bring the circular economy to life with a pop-up repair clinic in your company

We have all experienced the frustration when a small electrical or electronic appliance fails, and because we don't know how to repair it, or who to approach to get help, it ends up as...

Large Gold Nugget found in Scottish River

An article on the BB News - Scotland - website reports on 20 carat gold nugget - weighing 18.1 g - found by Canadian man during a gold panning course near Wanlockhead. The find is also...

Will US shale gas bring global energy prices tumbling down?

Full details of an  article by Richard Anderson, Business reporter, BBC News, can be accessed viw this hyperlink ; - here is an extract: -  "Vast quantities of fracked gas have...

ESOF’s ‘Science to Business Programme’ calls for you to propose an innovative session exploring the major issues for research within business and indu

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this high profile event in Manchester, July 2016. The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is an interdisciplinary meeting of researchers, industry and...

EC President Juncker welcomes world-leading scientists, discusses role of science in competitiveness and announces new mechanism for scientific advice

A high-level group of eniment scientists and officials have met to exchange views on how to ensure that Europe remains a centre of excellence for science, foster innovative ideas that are...

Award for Best Investment in a Business in Eco Innovation- closing date is June 10th

UK Business Association Award for ‘Best Investment in a Business in Eco Innovation’ is sponsored by INNEON. Eligible companies must have received equity investment in the form of Angel backing,...

EU-funded project INNEON offers opportunities to SMEs and investors in eco-innovation

The INNEON network for eco-innovation investment aims to extend public and private funding sources available for eco-innovation and social innovation in Europe, and provide a unique forum...

Eureka Eurostars programme - up to €360k available

Call closes  17th Sep 2015.  The Eurostars programme is targeted at innovative SMEs wanting to take part in collaborative research with partners across Europe and associated...

EU Raw Material Profiles

Many of you will be aware of the EU update on Critical Raw Materials that was published in 2014.  As part of this study profiles were created for 54 Raw Materials.  These profiles...

Environmental and Social Benchmarking of a Deep Sea Mining Project

A company, Earth Economics,has produced a benchmarking report for the Deep Sea Mining comapny Nautilus Minerals. Here are extracts f rom the outline and Executie Summary: - "This study...

Commission asks the public for ideas to develop the Circular Economy

The European Commission has opened a public consultation to collect views on the main policy options for developing an ambitious new approach on the Circular Economy. Stakeholders' input will...

£1m funding for upcoming SBRI competition - Enhanced individual protective equipment

£1m funding for upcoming SBRI competition, opens 1 June  The competition 'Enhanced individual protective equipment', an SBRI competition run by...

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,...
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Call for Papers - ADBA R&D Forum

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

New competition to help you springboard your business

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Azotic Technologies Win Rushlight Awards 2014-15

Eventure Media presented the Rushlight Awards for the 8th year at a lively Awards Party...

Results of Innovate UK’s Circular Economy: Business Models Competition

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The August edition of the KYROBIO Newsletter is now available to read online on the Kyrobio...

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Innovate UK, Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Malaysia Industry-Government Group for...

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The KTN are Recruiting a New Head of Chemistry

The Knowledge Transfer Network is looking for a person to head up the well established...