The Green Dream Team

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How efficient labs could progress sustainability and excellence in research An exciting new tool is currently being piloted across the UK in an endeavour to standardise best practice across research efficiency, sustainability and quality. The countless benefits and developments in scientific research are widely known and recognised by society, from better drugs to safer materials and faster technology. However, there’s a rarely reported on ‘dark side’ to science where the materials and energy cost to deliver excellent research, both financially and environmentally, are piling up.  With over 2/3 [1] of total university energy usage consumed by laboratory buildings, it’s no surprise that...
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Collaboration the Key to Unlocking Cells’ Secrets

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With the NHS celebrating its 70th birthday this year, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the vital role of drug discovery in the never-ending drive to improve healthcare – and on the ground-breaking research that makes such discoveries possible. Research outcomes can be strengthened hugely by working across disciplines and by combining complementary skills across institutions. An excellent example of both is a well-established collaboration between teams at Oxford University and UCL that’s generating deeper understanding of the innermost workings of the central nervous system. Harnessing a combination of cutting-edge experimental and computational techniques, the research is delivering insights...
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The Link Between Brain Waste and Alzheimer’s

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Prof. Roxana Carare on how the build-up of plaque in the brain could be the key to Alzheimer's research Roxana Carare is a medically qualified Professor of Clinical Neuroanatomy and experimental neuropathology at the University of Southampton.  Roxana leads interdisciplinary, international research on neuroanatomy and neuropathology, demonstrating the unique lymphatic drainage pathways by which fluid and soluble amyloid are eliminated from the brain along basement membranes within the walls of cerebral capillaries and arteries (Intramural Periarterial Drainage Pathways, IPAD). She currently leads Carare Group, with Professor Roy O. Weller as group mentor, at the University of Southampton. You’ve had quite the...
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£14 million Helps UK Catalysis Hub React to Key Scientific Challenges

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A new £14 million investment into the UK’s Catalysis Hub (launched in 2013) that will support a nationwide research programme was announced yesterday by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Centred at the Research Complex at the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire, the Hub will co-ordinate a collaborative research program across the UK. The Hub's collaborating partners include SES members the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Southampton, Queen Mary University of London, UCL and Imperial College London. The University of Bath, Cardiff University, and The University of Manchester will lead three of the Hub's themes, with 25 universities directly involved in projects...
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SES Open: Harnessing FAIR Data

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Open Science is a contemporary and relevant theme across the UK research landscape. This year we're hosting a series of exciting events that directly engage with the practice of opening up science. From opening up the discussion on  representation of women and people of diverse backgrounds in research, to providing a forum for debate on the opportunities and struggles in mining or storing data, we invite scientists, staff, students, policymakers, scholars and stakeholders in science and education to join us. Harnessing FAIR Data focused on researchers who employ or are seeking to use data in their work. FAIR is a set...
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Will Timesaving Taxiing at Airports Take Off?

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Fewer delays, fewer emissions, lower fuel costs, less noise – remarkably, it’s by targeting times when aircraft are still on the ground that the global aviation industry could make big strides in achieving all of these benefits. Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is leading development of a new IT-based system designed to maximise efficiency and minimise bottlenecks when planes are taxiing to runways – reducing hold-ups for passengers, cutting airline running costs and helping to tackle air quality and other environmental issues in and around airports. With a host of industry partners on board (including two international airports and...
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Data vs Dementia

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Maxine Mackintosh on early intervention to prevent cognitive decline and the One HealthTech community. Maxine Mackintosh is a PhD student at University College London working at the intersection of data science and dementia. Her PhD involves mining medical records for new predictors for dementia. She is passionate about understanding how we might make better use of routinely collected data to improve our cognitive health. Alongside this, she is the co-founder of One HealthTech – a community which champions and supports underrepresented groups, particularly women, to be the future leaders in health innovation. Her professional work has led her to the...
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Guest Post: Gender Summit 2018

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When a variable becomes the question: The changing role of gender in present-day research. Sergio A. Silverio Psychologist & Research Assistant in Qualitative Methods, Institute for Women's Health UCL Gender is becoming an increasingly common aspect of both academic debate and empirical focus across the globe. It still, however, remains a great privilege and pleasure to attend a conference where each and every delegate dedicates their energy, creativity, and intellect to addressing the big (and the small) questions about gender that persist even today. I have spent my so far relatively short career as a qualitative researcher focussing on women’s...
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Clear Signals for a Bright 5G Future

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Are you all set for 5G? It’s the next leap forward in wireless broadband technology – and it’s on its way right now, promising super-speedy, ultra-reliable connectivity for the smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices that help us live our lives. But if 5G is to fully realise its massive potential, some important challenges still need to be tackled. That’s the starting-point for SENSE, a cutting-edge collaboration involving researchers at SES members King’s College London and Queen Mary University of London, working with the University of Bristol and some of the biggest names in technology. Focusing on the vital issue...
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SES Open: Data Mining – exploring the ethical dilemmas

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Open Science is a contemporary and relevant theme across the UK research landscape. This year we're hosting a series of exciting events that directly engage with the practice of opening up science. From opening up the discussion on  representation of women and people of diverse backgrounds in research, to providing a forum for debate on the opportunities and struggles in mining or storing data, we invite scientists, staff, students, policymakers, scholars and stakeholders in science and education to join us. Data mining: exploring the ethical dilemmas focussed on researchers who employ data mining techniques in their work. In this thematic...
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