Issue 33

March 2020 • Issue 33



Wales learns lessons from the Ruhr region

Partners from Wales and across Europe visited Germany as part of the COHES3ION project. They found out how the loss of traditional industries in steel and coal has led to the region reinventing itself using markets such as healthcare and cyber security.

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Advances Wales - Issue 91 out now

Innovations highlighted in this edition includes HUG for people with dementia and an innovative platform in microbial air monitoring.

This edition also features transforming detection of bowel cancer.

View the latest issue of Advances Wales here

Advances Issue 91

Inspiring young scientists

As part of British Science week the Welsh Government is hosting a Science Day. The invited audience of young people will get the chance to listen to inspiring talks, meet Scientists and learn from Student Innovation Award winners such as Thomas Jenkins.

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Funding available for your innovative decarbonisation ideas

Eligible businesses can apply for up to £50,000 of financial support from the EU funded SMART Cymru programme to explore the feasibility of decarbonisation ideas. If your business wants to investigate the viability of transforming innovative decarbonisation ideas into new products, processes or services, you can apply for a non-repayable grant to cover up to 70% of feasibility costs now.

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St David Award Finalists announced

The St David Awards are Wales’s national awards, which celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the people of Wales.

The 3 finalists from the Innovation, Science and Technology are Aber Instruments Ltd, GAMA Healthcare and Cardiff University and Professor David Worsley.

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Expand management capability and transform business performance

The Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (mKTP) is new programme designed to inject significant management expertise into your business through innovative partnerships with the UK’s world class Business Schools.

Find out more about this Innovate UK initiative here

Innovation - Take a look at our innovation zone

Opportunities from Electrification of Vehicles

17 March - Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff

Interested in seeking new opportunities through electrification?

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Driving Electric Revolution has been set up by UKRI to help develop supply chains caused by distribution of electrification of vehicles.

Funding is available to help businesses who are looking to engage in innovation projects and collaboration.

Register here

Vanguard Initiative Regional Conference

25 March 2020 - Cardiff Castle 

26 March 2020 - Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Organised in partnership with Randstad region (Netherlands), delegates will be able to:

  • Hear how member regions are addressing shared challenges through collaboration

  • Visit a Compound Semiconductor Foundry

  • Meet delegates from across Europe with an interest in Smart Specialisation

Read more and book your space here 

Tomorrow’s Health 2020
25 – 26 March 2020 Venue Cymru Llandudno
Tomorrow’s Health is Wales’ newest healthcare innovation event, bringing together health and care professionals, businesses and academia to shape the future of health in Wales
Find out more and register here

Why not register for our On-line Innovation Funding Support Surgery to help your company access R&D funding, run more effective R&D projects and commercialise the results.

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Come along to one of our Sell with Digital Marketing workshop to learn how to make the most of your website, social media platforms and email marketing!

Find a date and location suitable for you here

Manufacturing Manifesto – A Journey to high value Manufacturing in Wales

2 April 2020 - Venue Cymru Llandudno

The Welsh Government is launching a public consultation on their Manufacturing Manifesto, hosted by Quentin Wilson with speakers from industry along with Ken Skates, Minister for Economy and Transport.

Book your space here



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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