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Strengthening UK manufacturing supply chains

On the 26th February 2015 the Department of Business Innovation & Skills published this report which is described as: - "An action plan for government and industry" Here is an...

Silver Infographic

The website of the Infographic experts - Visual Capitalist - has just published the s econd of its series of four infographics on this fascinating element.  According to the Visual...

German Research Project on Rare Earth Motors

The Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies Project Group at the Fraunhofer ISC is running a 9€ million programme (2013-2017) known as the Lighthouse Project . "The research team...

First DemoWind call opens 25th of February 2015

DemoWind  is the Offshore Wind European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) Cofund, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.  DemoWind  brings together...

New document by the KTN: Whole-Life Performance: what does it mean in the building sector?

Whole-life performance is increasingly talked about within the building sector. But what is it and why is it important?   A new document titled  “Building Whole-Life...

SEED Awards 2015 for Social and Environmental Enterprises in Countries with Developing and Emerging Economies

The SEED Awards 2015 invites applications from social and environmental enterprises that contribute to sustainable development.. This year SEED Initiative will make available up to 31 SEED...

NERC invites proposals for the first round of highlight topics, a new route for funding strategic research

NERC invites proposals for the first round of highlight topics, a new route for funding strategic research. Highlight topics focus strategic research on defined topic areas, and will be...

Call now open for Knowledge Exchange Fellowship opportunities

KE Fellowships focus on accelerating and amplifying economic impact and improvements in quality of life from NERC-funded research, by working with business, NGOs or government bodies. KE...

Mining Companies Can Help Turn On the Lights across Sub-Saharan Africa, Says World Bank

An article on the World Bank website comments on a recent study: - "Mining companies can play a key role in harnessing Africa’s abundant clean sources of energy to overcome the lack of...

AMRC and Boeing Win EU Research Funding

An articlce on the MRO Network website reports that: - "The University of Sheffield’s advanced manufacturing research centre (AMRC) with Boeing has won £6m ($9m) of EU funding to develop...

Uranium - BBC Radio Programme Elements

A new series of the BBC World Service Radio programme 'Elements' has begun.  Four new programmes are scheduled the first is on Uranium. Here is an outline of the programme from the BBC...

UK Government Response to BIS Select Committee Report on Extractive Industries

The UK Government reponse to the BIS Select Committee report on the Extractive Indutries is now available via this hyperlink (it has also been uploaded into the Document Library). The...

Supporting Climate Change Research

NERC has recently received details of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science which will be awarding $5million in grants for research programmes into rain enhancement.  The...

Olympian launches L'Oreal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships for Women in Science at the Royal Society

Olympic silver medallist Dr Alison Mowbray inspires audience of eminent scientists at The Royal Society. An Olympic rowing silver medallist took centre stage at The Royal Society on the 22...

Throwaway Society

This episode of the BBC World Sevice Radio programme Discovery looks at how to address the waste associated with the practise of discarding equipment that may be repairable. Here is the...

Humberstone A Chilean ghost town's English past

An article on the BBC News website , by Gideon Long, contains a map of the location and images from this site of what once was a major saltpetre mining and proceeing location. An extract is...

Supply Chain for Gold

In an episode of the BBC documentary - The Bottom Line - Evan Davies discusses the supply chain for gold with representatives from organisations that finance, mine and process gold (Sandstorm...

Understanding How Materials Work

The KTN is pleased to invite you to the event:  Understanding How Materials Work. It  is taking place on 24 February 2015 at the Hilton Coventry . This event, organised...

Newton Fund: building science and innovation capacity in developing countries

The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance. Its aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing...

Birmingham BioPower:

The Business Minister Matthew Hancock MP, announced £50m investment from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) in a new fund targeting smaller-scale, innovative, recycling and waste projects...

Birmingham BioPower

The Business Minister Matthew Hancock MP, announced £50m investment from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) in a new fund targeting smaller-scale, innovative, recycling and waste projects...

EU survey on Earth observation in a global context

Have your say on how to make the most out of Earth observation! The Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and landscapes are changing rapidly, with human activities being a major driver. Monitoring...

Centre for Evaluating Complexity across the Energy-Environment-Food Nexus

To address the challenges associated with evaluating complexity, ESRC, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the...

Creating smart products from smart materials

   The Knowledge Transfer Network is supporting Innovate UK’s smart materials competition by running a series of consortia building events on and around the time that the call...

When did planet Earth become Planet Oil?

The BBC News website gives information on a three part TV series on 'Planet Oil' on BBC 2 Scotland on Tuesday 10th February 2015 presented by Professor Iain Stewart (Plymouth University). ...

Talking Trash: Recycling a Wasteful World

An interesting debate on managing waste was broadcast on the BBC World Service Radio Programme - In the Balance. Here is the description of the programme from the BBC World Sevice website: -...

Defra reports on the value of the waste sector

Defra’s recent report published in February 2015, Resource management: a catalyst for growth and productivity  demonstrates that the waste sector added £6.8 bn in gross value to the...

H2020 Reminder GROWING A LOW CARBON, RESOURCE EFFICIENT ECONOMY WITH A SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY OF RAW MATERIALS

This is a reminder that the the deadline for the current H2020 call in the Raw Materials area is 21st April 2015. Details of the call areas is available from this weblink ...

EU Website for Raw materials, metals, minerals and forest-based industries

It has now been recognised that it is important to recognise the complexity of the raw materials supply chains and that these are vital for the European manufacturing industries.   ...

Waste not, want not - making money from rubbish

In an article on the BBC News website Emily Young reports n an interview with Tom Szky, Chief executitve of the social enterprise TerraCycle.  An extract is given below: - "In 13...

AB Systems Wetland biomass demonstration in Somerset

On the 4th February AB Systems (UK) Ltd and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network and RSPB hosted a demonstration of their...

Cleaner, more efficient conventional fuels funding call

Innovate UK is to invest up to £5m in collaborative R&D and  feasibility studies  to stimulate innovation in the extraction and use of conventional fossil...

Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst Funding Round 3

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

Innovation Vouchers - Round 11

Up to £5k funding for for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with an external expert to gain the knowledge to innovate and grow. An Innovation Voucher can help...

Smart – the grant for SME innovation round 6 is now open

Smart round 6 will close on  Thursday, 26 March 2015 at noon .   Smart is a grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D...

Professor Tetsuya Nagasaka, Tohoku University, lecture on metal recycling, Industrial Ecology, Mass/Substance Flow Analysis and economics

In December, Sustainable Development Group of the Institute of Materials Minerals & Mining and the Knowledge Transfer Network hosted Prof Nagasaka lecture at the IOM3, where he presented...

SMD Assembles Nautilus’ Collecting Machine

An article on the Subsea World News website describes the completion of another of the unts that SMD was commissioned to build for Nautilus Minerals Solwara 1 deep sea mining project. Here is...

Expressions of Interest to bid into the £10M call for research proposals in Autonomous Manufacturing

EPSRC  would like to invite Expressions of Interest to bid into the call for research proposals in Autonomous Manufacturing. The aim of the call is to support research that addresses the...

Alan Turing Institute is seeking to appoint a Chair

The Alan Turing Institute places the UK at the forefront of world-wide research in data science and its exploitation. It generates new algorithms and techniques, and works with academia,...

Design Innovation for the Circular Economy report is now available

This KTN project examined how installed façades could be more effectively recycled during the demolition of buildings at end of life.    The concept of design for disassembly...

£25 million funding for green transport fuel plants

Production facilities will convert waste into biofuels.   The UK green fuels industry took a step forward with the launch of a £25 million competition to build advanced biofuel...

Essay collection: Building Better - Recommendations for a more sustainable UK construction sector

The Westminster Sustainable Business Forum (WSBF) has compiled a collection of expert essays on the topic of ‘sustainable construction’ contributed to by industry, policy-makers, and specialists...

UK Science Landscape - a request for input from KTN members

The Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST) is looking at the UK Science Landscape. The aim of this project is to build a picture of the whole research landscape in the UK and...

Call for papers focused on sustainable innovation and design

Sustainable Innovation 2015 welcomes conceptual and research-based papers focused on the “state of the art” of sustainable innovation and design. Papers should cover sustainability,...

Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste – Presentations and Recording Now Available

Waste is a hot topic – 170 people registered to attend the Innovate UK and KTN Information and Brokerage Event for the Innovate UK and EPSRC Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste...

Integrated supply chains for energy systems

Up to £9.5m is being invested in innovations that will address the need for a diverse mix of energy sources and systems over the next three decades and beyond.  The aim of this...

Strengthening KTN’s identity

Just under a year ago the decision was made to bring 14 Knowledge Transfer Networks into a single, unified organisation.     Our ambition was simple: to create a Knowledge...

Recovering Phosphorus and Priority Substances from Water Environment - £800K SBRI funding available

Highlands and Islands Enterprise , one of Scotland's two enterprise agencies, supported by  Innovate UK  are launching a new £800K (inc VAT) competition to develop new and...

Funding available for India-UK collaborative industrial R&D

Innovate UK supports R&D projects involving Indian and UK businesses - leading to economic growth and benefits to society. Funding is available to help UK and Indian businesses work...

Innovate and grow your organisation with China through R&D

Lancaster China Catalyst Programme-Driving UK Business Growth through International Innovation The Lancaster China Catalyst Programme, provides UK companies with a significant...

H2020 Call for ideas on Challenge 5 pilots - workshop outcomes

OUTCOMES of H2020 DIALOGUE with EUROPE: CLIMATE ACTION, ENVIRONMENT, RESOURCE EFFICIENCY and RAW MATERIALS 2016/2017 Workprogramme, London 26 th  of January.   A...

Launch of the Circular Business Advantage - 17th February 2015

Learn how you can use new business models, based on the Circular Economy, to reduce costs and drive innovation and growth. The event is part funded through the European Regional Development Fund...

Natural Synergies Wetland biomass demonstration in Somerset

On the 29th January Natural Synergies and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network and RSPB hosted a demonstration of their new ...

Azotic Technologies Win Rushlight Awards 2014-15

Eventure Media presented the Rushlight Awards for the 8th year at a lively Awards Party  on 29th January at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London....

AB Systems Wetland biomass demonstration in Somerset

On the 28th January AB Systems (UK) Ltd and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network and RSPB hosted a demonstration of their...

We're gearing up for RESOURCE 2015

Visit the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK at RESOURCE 2015 . To date Innovate UK competitions ‘New Designs for a Circular Economy’, ‘Design Challenges for a Circular...

3rd Strategic Innovation Network Workshop - 11th February 2015, Brussels

The  CRM_InnoNet  project is organising the 3rd Innovation Network Workshop on substitution of Critical Raw Materials, which will be held on 11 February 2015 at...

CRM_InnoNet launches Public Consultation on CRM Substitution Roadmaps

CRM_InnoNet Roadmaps for Substitution of Critical Raw Materials The overall aim of CRM_InnoNet is to create an integrated community that will drive innovation in the field of critical raw...

£1 million available to help UK manufacturing firms develop skills to maximise value of innovation

The  UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)  has launched a new competition challenging manufacturing firms to maximise the value of innovation.   Manufacturing...

REBus Newsletter - January 2015 Edition Now Available

Read about:  Call for SMEs Financing the transition to circularity Partner Profile: WRAP Consumer research on Resource Efficient Business Models Future...

Advanced Manufacturing Mission to US Mid West

THINKING OF EXPORTING TO THE U.S.? WANT EXPOSURE TO BEST PRACTICE IN U.S. MANUFACTURING?   Join a select group of UK SMEs in a best practice tour of manufacturing in the...

Fellowships are available in a number of priority areas

Applications can be submitted at any time and will be processed on a rolling basis in te followign areas: THEMATIC AREAS POSTDOCTORAL EARLY CAREER ...

Multi-Disciplinary Low Carbon Fuels

EPSRC, as part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Energy Programme , invites proposals for collaborative research projects to undertake fundamental research that will advance low carbon fuels...

Phosphorus and Priority Substances funding call

Highlands and Islands Enterprise , one of Scotland's two enterprise agencies, supported by Innovate UK are launching a new £800K (inc VAT) competition to develop new and innovative...

Production line readiness for high-value manufacturing funding call

Innovate UK is to invest up to £1 million in late-stage experimental development projects to help companies bring recent technology innovations closer to the point of manufacturing readiness. ...

Volatility of Rare Earth Prices Impacts on Molycorp

The following website extracts from Investment analysts and the Molycorp illustrate the difficulties associated with developing supplies of ‘strategic’ materials. In United States of America...

World can cut carbon emissions and live well

An article on the BBC News website reports on outputs from the Global Calculator and the Climate Change KIC.  An extract from the article and links are given below: - "Led by the...

Scottish Institute of Remanufacture Announced

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead recently unveiled plans for a Scottish Institute for Remanufacture, as well as the development of a Scottish Materials Brokerage Service. The Scottish...

WRAP report: Employment and the Circular Economy

A new research study, undertaken jointly by WRAP and the Green Alliance, shows that improving our resource efficiency can make a valuable contribution to improving Britain’s labour market...

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”...

The Economics of Rare Earths

A 91 page report on the Economics of Rare Earth produced at the UNU Maastricht in June 2014 has been uploaded into the document library. It, and other information on Rare Earth elements, can be...

Industrial CASE Studentships 2015

The Smith Institute has been allocated four Industrial CASE Studentships to be awarded in 2015. The Institute is therefore now inviting applications for these studentships, and will run a...

Opportunity for companies: present a problem at the 2015 European Study Group, 23-27th March in Manchester.

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) wishes to support an organisation to participate in the 2015 European Study Group in Industrial Mathematics.   This mini...

Registration is now open for the Innovate UK/NC3Rs networking events in February.

The aim of these networking and partnering workshops is to build consortia to apply to non-animal technologies (NAT) Call 2: Advancing the development and application of NAT through...

Using Critical Zone Science to understand sustaining the ecosystem service of soil and water

Closing date for expressions of interest: 08:00 on 6th March 2015.   The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)...

Interested in Circular Economy applications to the built environment and construction sector? Bookings are now open for the WRAP's workshops

Interested in Circular Economy applications to the built environment and construction sector? Bookings are now open for the WRAP's workshops on “the business benefits of going circular – what...

Cornish company reveals plans to mine St Austell Bay for tin

In an article published by West Briton yesterday it was reported that:...

Data from new Mineral Resource Estimate for Cononish Gold prospect in Scotland

A report on the BBC News website outlines updated figures calculated for gold resources at the potential mine near Tyndrum in Scotland: - "The company mining for gold in the Highlands of...

When did the Anthropocene Start?

This is a questions that is being addressed by researchers in the Geology Department at the University of Leicester. An interview with  Dr Jan Zalasiewicz y can be accessed via this ...

The 2015 Circular Economy Awards - Winners Announced

The Circular Economy Awards, or The Circulars, is an annual event recognizing individuals and enterprises from commerce, civil society and academia that have made a notable contribution to...

The Periodic Table of Commodity Returns

An interseting method of displaying changes in commodity prices has been posted on the Virtual Capitalist website It presents the annnual change in price for a range of 'commodities' in a...

Resource identify top 50 circular economy twitter influencers

The Resource Event have analysed the twittersphere and determined their views on the top 50 twitter influencers - the #CE50.  Check out the full list here . Resource is the world's...

Resource nationalism

Rapidly expaning global population, growth of the middle class and the unsatiable human appetite for conumption is driving up demand for resources.  Many of these resources are not produced...

Pioneering project develops new process to recycle fuel cell components

A pioneering recycling process to recover high-value materials from waste fuel cells has been developed in a collaborative project between resource recovery specialist Axion Consulting, Johnson...

Pioneering project develops new process to recycle fuel cell components

A pioneering recycling process to recover high-value materials from waste fuel cells has been developed in a collaborative project between resource recovery specialist Axion Consulting, Johnson...

Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste – Presentations and Recording Now Available

Waste is a hot topic – 170 people registered to attend the Innovate UK and KTN Information and Brokerage Event for the Innovate UK and EPSRC Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste Event. The...

Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste – Presentations and Recording Now Available

Waste is a hot topic – 170 people registered to attend the Innovate UK and KTN Information and Brokerage Event for the Innovate UK and EPSRC Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste...

Resource Efficiency Funding Opportunities Webinar - slides and audio recording now available

There are currently lots of opportunities for funding and support for business-led innovation projects tackling resource efficiency challenges.  The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) held a...

Valuable materials from.....sewage sludge?

According to academic researchers in the US, as reported in Science , sewage sludge contains a surprising contingent of valuable and critical materials, such as gold and palladium.  These...

Integrated transport: local authority solutions - £9m Funding

£9m funding open for registration   Innovate UK has launched a funding competition for collaborative research & development with up to nine million pounds funding available. ...

Wetland Biomass demonstration day in Suffolk

On the 14th and 15th January AB Systems (UK) Ltd and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network and RSPB hosted a demonstration of their...

Lithium The Key Ingredient Powering Today’s Technology

A Lithium info graphic is presented by Dajin Resources on the Virtual Capitalist website. Here is an extract from the website : -   "Lithium is nature’s lightest metal, but it is...

Mining Blue Gold The Impact of Sea Industries on Europe

The Visual Capitalist website presents a graphic outlining the European Off-Shore industries. Here are highlights from their webpage: - " There is always money to be made on the new...

Vacancy for a Chaired Professor in Process Metallurgy

Due to Professor Bo Bjorkman's retirement there is a vacancy at the Lulea University of Technology in Sweden. More information is available at this weblink . ...

Gold rush threat to tropical forests

In an article by Helen Briggs  - Environment correspondent for BBC News - on the BBC website it is reported that: - "Global demand for gold is putting some of the most remote and...

UK Parliament Debate on the Steel Industry

Although there is no direct link with the E-Tech elements the recent debate in the House of Parliament touches on rleated issues, such as energy costs, carbon dioxide emissions and supply chain...

Share your ideas on EU Research and Innovation shaping a greener future

The European Commission has recently opened a platform to discuss and share the ideas on eco-innovation, climate change, biodiversity and nature based solutions. » Share your ideas on...

Don't miss inspiring eco-innovation projects

Almost 300 projects have been funded by the Eco-innovation initiative since 2008. Many of them are still running. EASME are showcasing some of them on their website. Every week brings a new...

Belfast event supporting the new Urban Challenges competition

On the 9th January 2015 Innovate UK in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network, Natural Environment Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council hosted a briefing...
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We're gearing up for RESOURCE 2015

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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...

14m of funding available for Energy Catalyst Round 2

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