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17 October 2018
Coffee waste could be turned into electricity

Polluting waste generated during coffee production has been turned into electricity for the first time, scientists have revealed.

16 October 2018
Year of Engineering: global food security

From plants grown from mattresses in refugee camps, to breeding greener cows, engineering plays a key role in global food security.

15 October 2018
Green Great Britain Week

We look back at a successful week of events to raise awareness of the ambitious actions needed to tackle climate change and drive clean growth.

12 October 2018
Neutron study finds eco-friendly alternative for plastic production

A study into neutrons could make plastic production more environmentally friendly.

11 October 2018
'Extraordinary' genetic data study released

A ground-breaking paper celebrating the release of the genetic data of 500,000 people has been published.

08 October 2018
New report explores fair and equitable global research partnerships

UK Research and Innovation welcomes the publication of a new report looking at how research organisations can enable fair and equitable partnerships between researchers across the global North and South working to addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.

05 October 2018
New £81 million Materials Innovation Factory opens

A new £81 million Materials Innovation Factory has opened at the University of Liverpool, bringing materials chemistry experts together with cutting edge robots and computers to meet society’s future challenges.

05 October 2018
Revolutionary women highlighted in new play

A new play about the end of the First World War from the perspective of German women opens this week, after research shone a light on women’s participation in Revolutions that affected Germany, Hungary, Austria and Switzerland in 1918.

04 October 2018
Winners announced for new creative industries centre of excellence

A new £10 million centre will develop cutting-edge creative training and research programmes in immersive storytelling to ensure the UK creative workforce is the most skilled in the world in the use of virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies.

03 October 2018
UKRI congratulates Nobel Prize-winning scientist

UK Research and Innovation would like to congratulate Professor Sir Gregory Winter after the pioneering researcher was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

03 October 2018
New Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund directors appointed

UK Research and Innovation has today announced the appointment of a further two Challenge Directors who will lead work on the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

01 October 2018
Football tackling gender inequality

The rising popularity of women's football has given the sport the power to tackle gender issues across society - especially in football mad countries like Brazil - according to a major research project to tackle gender inequality in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.

27 September 2018
New UKRI system needs community input on Horizon 2020 grants

A new system is being rolled out as a first step towards supporting the continuity of funding for UK organisations which have been awarded grants from the European Union’s flagship programme for science and innovation.

27 September 2018
Addressing major societal challenges by harnessing government data

Combined data from across government and hundreds of UK public bodies will be used to improve healthcare, education, business growth and the fight against crime by making it available to world-leading research teams.

25 September 2018
Welsh daffodils provide Alzheimer's medication

A sustainable Alzheimer’s medication has been developed from daffodils grown in the Welsh Black Mountains.

24 September 2018
Mammals shrank to help evolution

Mammals successfully evolved over the years by getting smaller in size, scientists have discovered.

24 September 2018
Robotic trousers could keep elderly mobile

Smart trousers with artificial muscles are being developed to help the elderly and disabled with their mobility.

18 September 2018
Professor Tim Wheeler, appointed UK Research and Innovation Director for International

Following an external and highly competitive process, UKRI is pleased to announce that Professor Tim Wheeler has been appointed as UKRI’s new Director for International.

13 September 2018
External Advisory Group to help shape UKRI's equality, diversity and inclusion agenda

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced the appointment of 11 members to a new External Advisory Group for equality, diversity and inclusion.  

11 September 2018
Worms on UK space mission

Hundreds of worms are being sent to space to understand why astronauts lose some of their muscle mass during spaceflight.