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New director, Industry Innovation Forum and Co-production programme

Welcome to the latest news from the N8 Research Partnership.

This will be my first (and last!) newsletter as Interim Director of the N8, as Dr Peter Simpson will be taking up the role of Director on January 6, 2015. Dr Simpson will be joining the N8 following a highly successful 2014 for the partnership, which has seen major developments across our research areas.

For instance, our latest N8 Industry Innovation Forum, held in York, showed just how much interest, expertise and collaborative spirit there is in the field of food security, both across the N8 universities and within industry. The event was extremely popular and we look forward to seeing the results of the partnerships and projects which emerge from it.

Meanwhile, the new N8 Co-production Research Programme is already pushing the boundaries of social science research and a diverse range of academics and non-academics attended the programme’s workshop earlier this month – with more than 50 delegates in attendance: we highlight its success here.
I hope you enjoy reading our latest news. As ever, please get in touch if you have any feedback.

Have a great Christmas and all of our best wishes for the New Year

Nick Goldspink
Interim Director, N8 Research Partnership



The N8 Research Partnership has appointed Dr Peter Simpson as its new Director. Dr Simpson, who is currently Director of Discovery Sciences at AstraZeneca, will take up the post on January 6, 2015.

He will be responsible for overseeing the N8’s research programmes across a broad spectrum of disciplines, as well as building and developing new research groups and collaborations.

Dr Simpson has held a number of leadership roles with AstraZeneca and has been responsible for implementing a series of successful open innovation initiatives across industry and academia.

Read more.



The N8 Industry Innovation Forum, held in York in the autumn, saw more than 100 delegates from industry, universities and other organisations and networks address topics including achieving resilient supply chains, nutrition and smart farming.

Designed to foster collaboration and innovation around food security and technology, the Forum included a workshop with facilitated group sessions at the Food and Environment Research Agency – and eight new projects were identified at the event for the N8 to follow up with and support.

Read more or watch the video here.



The N8 Research Partnership’s Co-production Research Programme - which explores the potential of knowledge ‘co-production’ between researchers and non-academics - has made a highly successful start, thanks to a unique workshop held this month.

Academics, public and voluntary sector representatives, and members of the policy and business communities attended the workshop at The Ridge in Sheffield, which marked the programme’s first stage. Supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the programme is examining how co-production can shape approaches to social sciences research.

Read more.



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