Research Complex enables progress towards a greener future

23 Jun 2021

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) will take place this November 2021 and in preparation, the Harwell campus is coming together to commit towards sustainability and a greener economy. The UK has a strong record of investment in research and innovation for clean growth and environmental sustainability and recent publications from Research Complex has seen…

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UKRI announces funding for reducing plastic waste

26 May 2021

UKRI has announced a Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) challenge by launching a £7 million competition. This competition is to fund innovative research and development projects that are well developed, but not yet at large commercial demonstration scale. These projects focus on solving the well-known issues with the sustainability of plastic packaging with an aim…

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MRC announces applications open for Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2021

19 May 2021

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has announced that applications are open for their Max Perutz Science Writing Award. The award aims to encourage and recognise outstanding written communication by MRC PhD students. It challenges students to explain why their research matters in 1,100-words for a non-scientific audience. The award is in partnership with The Observer…

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New research dramatically widens the palette of materials for laser processing

12 May 2021

A new approach on enhanced near-infrared absorption for laser powder bed fusion using reduced graphene oxide will dramatically widen the number and capability of materials for laser processing. Laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) is a revolutionary manufacturing technology that fabricates parts with unparalleled complexity, layer-by-layer. However, there are limited choices of commercial powders for LPBF,…

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UKRI’s latest diversity data reveals positive findings but there is still work to do

30 Mar 2021

UKRI have published data analysis with regards to funding applicants and recipients of research council grants between 2019 and 2020, which reveals a number of positive findings in terms of female and ethnic minority applicants but more needs to be done for applicants with a disability. Last summer marked the first time that the analysis…

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Rutherford Appleton Laboratory to reduce carbon footprint with UKRI funding

09 Mar 2021

The UKRI has announced that Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, which includes the Research Complex at Harwell, is among several sites to receive funding to reduce their carbon footprint. This funding will cover a number of energy efficiency plans including solar panels, heat pumps, insulation and LED lighting. It is estimated they will reduce total UKRI emissions…

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Diversity delivers innovation and drives scientific progress

26 Feb 2021

February has been LGBTQ+ history month and here at the Research Complex at Harwell, we have been taking the opportunity to reflect on inequalities in STEM. Diversity, equality and inclusion of both people and ideas is vital to achieving excellence in both research and innovation. Evidence shows that diversity delivers innovation, and innovation is the…

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Daphne Jackson Fellowships open for applications

25 Feb 2021

The UKRI has announced that the Daphne Jackson Fellowships are open for applications with no closing date. This fellowship applies to those looking to return to a research career after a break of two or more years for family, health or caring reasons. The aim is to give participants the confidence and skills they need…

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CLF breaks world record in laser technology collaboration

17 Feb 2021

The Central Laser Facility (CLF), based at the Research Complex at Harwell has set a new world record for the output of a high power, high repetition rate laser. This new world record took place via a test of the Diode Pumped Optical Laser for Experiments (DiPOLE) 100 system. According to STFC News, it was…

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International Women and Girls in Science

11 Feb 2021

11th February marks International women and girls in science day. Established in 2015 by resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations and realized by UNESCO and UN Women, the day recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology and aims to promote full and equal access. “ We must…

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