SES universities receive a boost to tackle major research and societal challenges

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75 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across the UK are set to receive over £800 million in support from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and industry partners; part of an increased research and development investment to boost the UK economy and deliver scientific excellence. 24 CDTs led by SES universities will soon benefit from UKRI’s funding of £446 million across 75 centres that will develop skills, bring innovation, and build better lives for UK citizens. The investment has been furthered by £386 million (committed through either cash or in-kind support) from 1,400 Industry partners.  In total, over 1/3 of the...
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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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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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In Computational Combat Against Microbial Resistance

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Victoria Carr on gene sequencing, women in tech and getting out there. Victoria Carr is a Bioinformatics and Data Science PhD Researcher at King's College London. She is currently investigating antimicrobial resistance and developing a risk score method from sequenced metagenomes. She is the founder of Researc/hers Code, a community showcasing the talents of women and individuals of diverse backgrounds working on computational research. Previously, she was president for King's College London at the Innovation Forum. So, you work in computational genomics. Can you tell us about the field and your research? Computational genomics is using computer science to understand more...
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Spotlight On: The BRAIN Centre

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Each month we post a new edition to the SES 'Spotlight On...' series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting better use of already available equipment. The Biomarker Research and Imaging for Neuroscience Centre (BRAIN) houses a brand new state-of-the-art 9.4T Bruker preclinical MR scanner and various additional equipment. The BRAIN Centre is a newly refurbished preclinical neuroimaging facility run by a team of staff scientists and focusing on the development of translational biomarkers for neurological and psychiatric disorders using imaging and related techniques. The primary methods are Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy (MRI and...
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Protecting Patients

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Protecting Patients: early disease detection at Guy’s Hospital Join Prof. Julia Schnabel, one of the doctors and staff at King’s College London/Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital to hear about how new MRI imaging techniques and collaborative research are helping to prevent and diagnose lung cancer, heart disease and other health challenges.

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Powering Up Research: Data Fuelled Innovation

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Data Intensive Science is a rapidly emerging, cross disciplinary research challenge already traversing the fields of Materials Science, Bio-medical research, Computational Engineering and Digital Humanities (to name a few). With huge volumes and complex data at the heart of many research projects, advancing the methods used to analyse, manage, and interpret this data is key to facilitating both efficient and reliable science. The significance of the discipline has recently been recognised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in awarding £20 million to 6 new national supercomputing centres, including the Cambridge Centre for Data Driven Discovery. This event aims to bring...
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Modelling ‘Magic’: the Search for Nanocatalysts

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The drive to design new materials with surprising capabilities is a fast-moving frontier of research – and computers are well-established as a crucial tool in accelerating progress. The TOUCAN collaboration, including SES members King’s College London, the University of Oxford and University College London, has shown how modelling & simulation can aid the design of nanoscale catalysts capable of speeding up key chemical reactions used in a range of industrial processes. Harnessing the skills of researchers such as Dr Francesca Baletto of King’s, TOUCAN has taken the first steps on a journey that could see industry develop remarkable new catalysts...
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