envirotech

A multi-million energy superhub, which includes the 'largest hybrid battery ever deployed', is about to enter the build phase and should go live from the end of this year. The 50MW grid-scale battery will be housed in an electricity substation in Cowley, Oxford, creating a new connection to the national grid and powering a 10km-network of electric vehicle (EV) charge points and ground source heat pumps in homes.

creativetech

Fake images: How an Oxford firm’s technology is helping to verify images online

Karen David | IT | Comms | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Publishing | AI | Feb 20th 2020

How easy it is to manipulate a digital photo or video is driving an escalation in the presence of fake images across the internet. Yet technology to verify images could have unintended consequences. Oxford-based Serelay, a player in the emerging field of controlled image capture, is catching the attention of global news outlets and human rights organisations.

envirotech

‘We’ll use our technology to build 500 homes and drive a green revolution in housebuilding’ Oxford company vows

Gill Oliver | Energy | Sustainability | Ecology | Government | Construction | Feb 13th 2020

An Oxfordshire firm is pledging to use its technology to build 500 'climate positive' homes and lead a green revolution in the UK housebuilding industry.

envirotech

Harwell firm gears up for astronauts’ space walk to install its tech on the International Space Station

Gill Oliver | Robotics | Aerospace | Broadband | Manufacturing | Feb 24th 2020

A firm whose tech will provide internet for European astronauts on the International Space Station is gearing up for a spacewalk that will position the device.

transportech

Oxford Bus Company is ‘exploring possibilities’ for new bus fund to boost its green transport initiatives 

Karen David | Infrastructure | Sustainability | Government | Feb 24th 2020

Oxford Bus Company is to examine whether its PickMeUp service could attract new funding following a new five-year funding package announced by the government last week. The national package includes a £170m ‘bus fund’ to support more electric buses, increase rural mobility and trial new ‘Superbus’ services.

creativetech

REVIEW: ‘Tools for Life’ at Modern Art Oxford

Karen David | Event Review | Culture | Entertainment | Feb 21st 2020

The relationships between mankind, nature and industrial production are explored by New York-based Chilean artist Johanna Unzueta in Tools for Life, her new show at Modern Art Oxford.

healthtech

Biotech startup is developing drug discovery programmes in kidney disease and cancer

Gill Oliver | Healthcare | Biotech | Medical | Investment | Feb 19th 2020

Using its proprietary tech, a biotech company has discovered antibodies leading to the development of drug discovery programmes in kidney disease and cancer.

healthtech

OMass Therapeutics extends development runway with completion of £41.5m A Series funding

Antony David | Pharma | Biotech | Feb 19th 2020

Research started in Oxford University’s chemistry laboratories has evolved into a biophysical discovery platform that delivers high-resolution data to aid the discovery of therapeutics for patients suffering from immunological and genetic disorders

creativetech

New £150m film studios and digital creative hub to be built near Reading

Gill Oliver | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Education | Construction | Feb 19th 2020

A new £150m film studio and digital creative hub is to be built on the outskirts of Reading, creating up to 3,000 jobs.

envirotech

BOOK REVIEW: Prosperity without Growth by Tim Jackson

Antony David | Book review | Sustainability | Politics | Feb 18th 2020

“Society is faced with a profound dilemma. To reject growth is to risk economic and social collapse. To pursue it relentlessly is to endanger the ecosystems on which we depend for long-term survival.”

creativetech

Date is announced for this year’s Creative Industries Showcase, as sector growth outperforms wider economy

Gill Oliver | Comms | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Publishing | AI | Feb 18th 2020

Professionals from broadcasting, video games, special effects, music and publishing will come together in Oxford this summer for Creative Industries Showcase #2

envirotech

RAL Space in Harwell has its day in the sun as it adds SPICE to the Solar Orbiter

Antony David | Aerospace | Feb 13th 2020

The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter, launched on Monday from Cape Canaveral was carrying an instrument developed and built at RAL Space, the UK’s national space laboratory in Harwell.

envirotech

Oxford PV transforms photovoltaics with step-change in solar cells efficiency

Antony David | Energy | Sustainability | Manufacturing | Feb 12th 2020

Oxford PV's new solar cells increase the energy captured by the sun by between 25 to 40 per cent.

Events Coming Soon

28 Feb 2020

Income insecurity in the 21st Century A morning of talks exploring the current challenges of income insecurity, with keynote speaker Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England. Topics include pay volatility and income insecurity issues in the UK, their implications for the labour market and the structure of the social security system. Speakers also include Matteo Richiardi, Professor of Economics and Director of EUROMOD, University of Essex, INET Associate and Jane Millar, Professor of Social Policy, University of Bath. 11.15 to 1pm at Oxford Martin School, Oxford OX1 3BD Details

03 Mar 2020

Introducing Janet Ogundele, non-executive director at HR Wallingford, talks about the successes and challenges she has faced as a woman and person of colour. With more than two decades of experience devising HR strategy, managing change and building best practice HR functions, Janet’s expertise centres around delivery of business results through effective, collaborative and commercial HR interventions. 1 to 2pm, HR Wallingford, Howbery Park Conference Centre. Details.

03 Mar 2020

Introducing Janet Ogundele Non-executive director at HR Wallingford, Janet Ogundele talks about the successes and challenges she has faced as a woman and person of colour. With more than two decades of experience devising HR strategy, managing change and building best practice HR functions, Janet’s expertise centres around delivery of business results through effective, collaborative and commercial HR interventions. 1 to 2pm, HR Wallingford, Howbery Park Conference Centre. Details.

 

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