Innovation newsletter - issue 18 – January 2017

January 2017



£13m EU cash for Cardiff Uni

The funding will help put Cardiff University’s Institute for Compound Semiconductors at the forefront of 21st Century technologies by helping to build, equip and run a state-of-the-art cleanroom at the new Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS).

Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said: “Investing in world leading facilities so academia and industry can collaborate and drive forward research in this sector will be an important boost to the Welsh economy.


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Recognising the innovators of the future

Llanishen High School student  Cellan Cox has been named overall winner of the Student Innovation Awards for his imaginative bicycle mudguard.


The Awards are an annual competition run by WJEC and supported by Welsh Government.


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Buildings as power stations

SPECIFIC, part funded by Welsh Government, transforms buildings into power stations by enabling them to generate, store and release their own energy. 


Watch SPECIFIC talk to Business Wales and hear about the Active Classroom, their latest full-scale building demonstration project.

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Advances Wales – Issue 80 out now

Through innovative science, research and engineering, Wales is developing world-leading technologies which will help create a better and more sustainable future.


This edition includes environmental innovations and highlights how the steel industry is a key part of the innovation landscape of Wales.


Read the latest edition here.

Make it a flying visit!

Travelling for business has just got a lot easier for regular Cardiff to London travellers.

Flybe’s London City flights between the two capitals are set to return.

The Europe’s largest regional airline, announced the news as part of its extensive Summer ’17 schedule that starts on 26th March 2017.

Times and tickets are available for booking now at


BioWales 2017 – 7th& 8th  March, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

Bio Wales is one of Wales’ biggest Life Science conferences - with a host of world renowned speakers and workshops,

 This year’s event builds on Wales’ collaborative strength, bringing together industry experts, life science investors and international networks, focusing on the interaction between business, academia and healthcare.

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SMART Partnership Funding – Closing date 15th February, 2017

 If you are an innovative Welsh business why not apply for SMART Partnership Funding through an academic partner.

Entries are now being sought for the second round of this pilot project which supports collaboration projects between Welsh businesses and Research Organisations.

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Can you solve industry led challenges?

 A new Welsh Government portal has seen industry set a number of challenges aimed at giving businesses and academia the ability to identify opportunities to work together.

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Emerging and Enabling Technologies Briefing : 2nd February 2017, Wrexham

Innovate UK is to invest over £15m in innovative projects involving Emerging and enabling technologies. If you feel your project can help overcome technical and commercial challenges then why not come along to our briefing event.

Register here

Infrastructure Systems Round 2 Briefing: 7th February 2017, Cardiff

Innovate UK are to invest up to £15m in business led, innovative projects in Infrastructure Systems.

Find out more and Register here.

Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours list – Nominations Now Open!

The Sectors & Business Department of Welsh Government  are inviting nominations for the Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours list.  If you know of any deserving people who work in your sector, who have demonstrated exceptional achievement or service then please submit a  nomination for them by 1 March 2017 to Jennifer Clark



Welsh government is committed to delivering more and better jobs for Wales, through a stronger, fairer economy. We will improve and reform our public services and eliminate inconsistent delivery. By working together for Wales, we will secure opportunity for all, and build a united, connected and sustainable country.

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