UK photonics researchers win share of £20m investment

Academic-industrial partnerships to receive millions in “functional materials” R&D programs.

Significant new photonics-related research projects are among 10 national R&D programs announced on December 19 by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The £20 million (€25 million) investment is designed to improve the UK’s manufacturing capability, develop new functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to applications.

Photonics related projects include:

  • Revolutionizing the manufacture and use of chalcogenide glasses;
  • Exploiting the potential of flexible perovskite photovoltaics to reduce costs and improve performance of solar cell technology;
  • Developing materials for new classes … Continue Reading

Eli Lilly inks 5-year research partnership with University of Surrey to study health outcomes for people with type 2 diabetes

Eli Lilly and Company announced a five-year research partnership with the University of Surrey to study health outcomes, focussing on the effects of treatment in people with type 2 diabetes, which affects about 95 per cent of those with the disease.

Using real-world evidence (routine data gathered from patients undergoing diabetes treatments),  Lilly and the University of Surrey will focus on developing answers to commonly asked clinical questions about the continuum of diabetes care, such as the role and timing of injectable therapy, factors impacting adherence to prescribed medicines and the pattern and rationale of therapy following diagnosis.

“Living with diabetes is … Continue Reading

Electronic Recyclers International Announces Partnership with Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership

Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste, announced today that it has entered an academic partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL).

ERI and IGEL will collaborate on initiatives that bond sustainability and business best practices and develop the next generation of sustainability solutions for both electronic recycling and the broader community. With a program committed to cultivating innovation, IGEL promotes knowledge for business sustainability through world-class research and an open dialogue between academic, corporate, government and non-government organizations.

Additionally, Wharton and IGEL faculty and researchers will participate … Continue Reading

University of Miami announces partnership with Adidas

The University of Miami and Adidas announced Thursday that they will partner for the next 12 years in a deal that has the potential to become the most lucrative in the history of Hurricane athletics.

It’s also the longest deal Adidas has struck with any collegiate program.

A person familiar with the contract terms told The Associated Press that the deal is worth “multiple times” more than Miami’s previous arrangement with Nike, which chose not to match Adidas’ offer. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side authorized the release of specific financial terms.

“Their unmatched success, national relevance and cultural … Continue Reading

Google, Oxford University partner for artificial intelligence research

Google has just announced a partnership with Oxford University for conducting research on artificial intelligence.

The alliance, which aims to advance knowledge in image recognition and natural language understanding, comes months after Google acquired Deepmind, a secretive start-up based in the UK. There’s not much that is known about the firm other than the field it operates in, which is algorithms and machine-based learning protocols for simulations, games and e-commerce software.

The partnership merges the Google Deepmind team with two research teams from Oxford that specialize in artificial intelligence. The natural language learning segment of the research will be headed by experts … Continue Reading

Types of Knowledge and Diversity of Business-Academia Collaborations: Implications for Measurement and Policy

Attila Havas

Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) – Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies

August 28, 2014

Institute of Economics, CERS, HAS MT-DP 2014/19 
Business-academia (B-A) collaborations have been analysed by an extensive body of literature, taking many different angles, and using various sources and types of information (patent statistics, the Community Innovation Survey data, evidence from specific surveys, interviews, or case studies), but usually a given paper is relying on a single method, addressing one or two major research questions. In contrast, this paper tackles both R&D and innovation … Continue Reading

At Rutgers event, speakers focus on links between business, academia and Newark

Nancy Cantor jokes that she is still “the new kid on the block in Newark,” even if it’s been seven months since she took over as chancellor of Rutgers University’s campus there.

But there’s one thing it didn’t take long for her to notice as she surveyed the mix of faculty experts, business leaders and students in and around the Brick City.

“I already feel the energy and the talent in this area — and the multigenerational talent,” Cantor said. “So let’s keep our eye on really bringing that diverse community of experts to the table and being in this for the … Continue Reading

Diverse Conversations: The Academic Entrepreneur: Supplementing Your Income

More and more academics are recognizing the potential to supplement their income from higher education positions with out-of-the-box projects and schemes. To try and get to grips with the so called academic entrepreneur, I met with Shonell Bacon, Instructor of Mass Communication at McNeese State University.

The goal of this discussion is to help other academics understand the relationship between academic standing and entrepreneurship, how you can marry the two concepts together to generate supplementary income.

Q: So, the first question is about characterization – how would you characterize the academic entrepreneur in today’s world? Who are these people and what is … Continue Reading

Higher education, business can collaborate in many ways

There is a raging national debate about higher education and its value and cost to society. In greater Kansas City, higher education has an increasingly important opportunity to demonstrate its value by developing stronger partnerships between public and private, between businesses and academic institutions.

However, a chasm separates the cultures of universities and the private sector, challenging the potential for open alliances that support innovation.

Companies are competitive, proprietary, technology-driven and largely focused on quick returns on investment. They need skilled professionals who can hit the ground running with knowledge from multiple disciplines, combined with soft skills and practical experience. Higher education … Continue Reading

Leeds University plans £25m enterprise hub


Innovation and Enterprise Zone at Leeds University
 LEEDS UNIVERSITY has revived plans to develop an enterprise hub on campus.

The £25m building will provide a base for early stage start-ups and allow them to access business support and expertise from academics.

At 70,000 sq ft, it will be large enough to accommodate 15-20 companies.

Professor Nigel Lockett, who is leading the project, told The Yorkshire Post: “We want Leeds to be seen as the most enterprising university in the UK and this building will be part of that.”

He said universities have a civic responsibility to support economic growth in … Continue Reading

Drugmakers link with academia in giant UK dementia project

Drugmakers are linking with eight British universities in a 16 million-pound ($27 million) public-private partnership to speed up research into dementia by studying data from 2 million people in the world’s largest such project.

The new UK Dementias Research Platform will investigate the causes of dementia by tracking volunteers, aged 50 and over, who are taking part in existing population studies such as UK Biobank and the Million Women Study.

The aim is to give researchers a better understanding of who is at risk of getting dementia, possible triggers that lead to disease, and what might speed up or slow down its … Continue Reading

All Our Patent Are Belong To You

By Elon Musk, CEO

Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.

Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, … Continue Reading

Five Imperial academics win Royal Society of Chemistry awards

Five Imperial chemists have been awarded Royal Society of Chemistry Prizes in recognition of the advancements they have made in chemical sciences.The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) prizes and awards recognise chemical scientists who have made an outstanding contribution in academia, research, business industry or education. Winners are rewarded for their true excellence in shaping the future of the field.
Of the 60 prizes and awards announced this month, five have gone to chemical scientists working at Imperial College London. Dr Matthew Fuchter is this year’s Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize Winner, Professor Iain McCulloch has been named the Tilden Prize winner, Professor … Continue Reading


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  • Education: various seminars, workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities that provide unique industry perspective, and help foster on-campus conversations between established industry professionals and the student/postdocs who will be future industry leaders.
  • Consultancy: term-long internships that provide industry exposure to young innovators, allow for mixed teams from the top universities in the UK, and introduce industry players to talented students.
  • Communications: we have an extensive communication outreach via our Roundtable … Continue Reading

Oman forges ties between academic and business worlds

Institutes of higher learning in Oman are cooperating more closely with local businesses, as the Sultanate looks to boost employment opportunities for nationals in the private and public sectors.

A number of committees and advisory bodies have been set up given the task of creating avenues of exchange between the two spheres, and include representatives of both academia and the commercial world.

“Educational institutions are in continuous dialogue with industry,” Mona Fahad Al Said, assistant vice chancellor for external co-operation at the Sultan Qaboos University told OBG. “A joint committee is working to address how the university can supply industry with the … Continue Reading

Panel to discuss forging university-business ties to promote future of space

How do academic and commercial stakeholders join forces to promote space science and exploration in the immediate future and decades to come? An expert panel of astronauts, scientists, commercial spaceflight entrepreneurs and Arizona State University researchers will tackle this topic at a free-to-attend session from 6:30-7:30 p.m., April 1, at Space Tech Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.

To date, collaboration among academics and business owners has been limited, said Jim Bell, professor and director of ASU’s NewSpace Initiative, a new university-wide space technology and science program. But he added that such a partnership could open up new and innovative opportunities … Continue Reading

‘Small Apple’ plan launched to boost ICT industry

TAIPEI, Taiwan — With the participation of the country’s academia and businesses, the Cabinet’s National Science Council (國科會, NSC) is launching a grand project to enhance the competitiveness of Taiwan’s information and communication technology (ICT) industry.

The new project is termed “Small Apple Cultivation Plan,” signifying small mobile devices that will be tailor-made to address niche demand, as opposed to Apple products such as iPhones and iPads, which provide a full range of functionalities. While a number of functionalities are offered on iPhones or iPads, not all of them may not be useful to the average person, said NSC Minister Cyrus … Continue Reading

Microsoft launches ‘Academic Accelerator’

Software giant,  Microsoft, on Thursday launched ‘Microsoft Academic Accelerator’, a new programme aimed at building a long-term association between industry and academia in India.

“With the vast and growing pool of engineering graduates (over 500, 000 per year) in India, it is imperative to invest in skill-building and high-tech jobs. We saw an opportunity that is there between the academia and the industry to be bridged,” Vinod Anantharaman, head (business development), Microsoft India (R&D), told mediapersons in Hyderabad.

It is initially collaborating with 10 Indian engineering colleges for the programme. The programme currently has two main components — a … Continue Reading

Alabama startup company recieves $150,000 NSF grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded $150,000 to a University of Alabama startup company that is working to make a more effective and longer-lasting catalyst to be used in chemical reactions.

Martin Bakker, a UA associate professor of chemistry, co-founded ThruPore Technologies with Franchessa Sayler, who earned her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University this past May.

The idea originally formed when Sayler began analyzing existing catalysts for a colleague at the University. The catalysts proved to function quite poorly in her tests, and she saw the opportunity to begin producing a more effective carbon catalyst sheet to be introduced into … Continue Reading

Taking European expertise in computing to market

Illustration of this article

Turning research results into viable technologies, products and services is central to the EU’s objective of encouraging sustainable growth and jobs across Europe. In the computer systems sector alone, there is huge potential for taking new ideas to market. But how can the academic world join the commercial world?

One answer is through partnering academics with business expertise. TETRACOM (Technology Transfer in Computing Systems) is a coordination action funded by the Commission under FP7, and its objective is to coordinate and support technology transfers from academia to industry.

Technology Transfer describes the process of transferring … Continue Reading


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