September 2015

Director's Update

Welcome to the latest news from the N8 Research Partnership.

N8 Research Partnership has had a huge amount going on this year, as our new research programmes begin to flourish, and our ‘Innovation Communities' models deliver an increasingly positive impact on the economy and the region as a whole.

This month we also launch the new N8 Strategy, with a clear and ambitious focus on areas where the N8 can have maximal impact on investment, economy and society. This goes hand in hand with a refreshed website describing our vision and current programmes. Innovation that translates to economic impact is key to delivering the potential of the Northern Powerhouse, so do take a look in this newsletter, and our website, to see all the exciting things already going on across the North.

The N8 AgriFood Resilience Programme, announced in March, is now gathering momentum, with a new Operations Director appointed, and further appointments to be made very soon. The N8 Policing Research Project Director, and first intake of postgrad students, is in place along with partnership agreements with Police Forces across the region and beyond.

This month has seen internationally-renowned speakers in Leeds for the prestigious MEIbioeng15 conference, incorporating the Regener8 Annual Meeting - a must-attend event for the regenerative medicine community. I had the pleasure to speak at the Bionow Life Science Showcase event in Newcastle's Centre for Life in July and in the same month at Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre-hosted CBI Inter-Company Academic Relations Group meeting. I also co-chaired the hugely successful ELRIG Drug Discovery '15 conference in Telford early this month.

I'll be speaking at a number of public events in the coming months, so please feel free to say hello and discuss your interests - and the N8 Research Partnership - with me.

I hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter. As ever, please get in touch if you have any feedback or want to contribute - that's always welcome.

Dr Peter Simpson
Director, N8 Research Partnership

New Vision unveiled for N8 Research Partnership

N8 Research Partnership has outlined its new vision for the next four years - to help promote the region's world-class capabilities and encourage even closer working relationships between academic innovation, society and industry.

Find out more about the N8 new vision and Research Themes on our website.

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Scientific and industry leaders from across Europe share insights and progress in drug innovation

ELRIG Drug Discovery 2015 (DD '15) brought together more than 50 world-class speakers from academia and industry at Telford International Conference to discuss recent advances in basic and translational aspects of drug discovery.

Read more about the huge success of this event.

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N8 AgriFood Update: Securing sufficient, safe and nutritious food

N8 AgriFood combines world-leading crop and livestock research with extensive expertise in social sciences, in a single research initiative.

AgriFood is focused on ensuring the stability and integrity of national and global agri-food supply chains in the face of environmental and socioeconomic challenges.

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New industry-academia partnership funding - Crossing Biological Membranes

CBMNet are currently providing new funding to help academia and industry collaborate.

This scheme offers £5000 to academics to carry out work within the CBMNet remit with an industrial partner who are members of CBMNet and eligible for BBSRC funding.

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Vacancy - N8 Innovation and Engagement Manager

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to work with external collaborators and academic staff to promote collaboration across the N8 Universities with the wider innovation community.

The role is based at the Manchester N8 Office. Find out more on our website.

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