Issue 43

August 2021


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The Innovation Advisory Council for Wales is seeking new members

Do you want to help shape innovation policy across Wales? The Innovation Advisory council is looking for new members, find out more here

SMART funding assists in the decarbonisation of wind farms

If you’re thinking about how your business can reduce its carbon output, Welsh Government SMART Innovation can help.

See how we have already supported businesses like Offshore Survival Systems start their decarbonisation journey.

Find out more about how we can support your business here

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Advances Wales Issue 97 out now

This edition of Advances Wales discusses the return of Native Oysters to the River Conwy, the results from a sleep study that could be key in treating anxiety disorders and the development of a drone to tackle weeds in agriculture.

Read here.

St David Awards

We need your help to find the next winners of the St David Awards; the national awards of Wales.

This is your chance to recognise the exceptional people that make Wales great! Nominations for the Awards which include a category for Innovation, Science and Technology close on the 21st October.

To nominate someone, click here

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Expertise Wales

New Innovation Strategy development

The Welsh Government continues to develop its new Innovation Strategy and we will be running further stakeholder events in the autumn. Watch this space.

To find out more click here or register your interest by emailing:


31 October- 12 November 2021

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Glasgow. To coincide with this, the Welsh Government are coordinating a ‘COP Cymru’ programme to engage stakeholders across Wales on how we can tackle the climate emergency.

This will include the launch of Wales’ new Net Zero Wales plan, a series of regional Green Zones, and a ‘Wales Climate Week’ 5-day virtual programme of events.

To express interest in hosting or participating in an event, please email

Click for more information about COP 26

Success Stories



Lab by Transport for Wales demo-day

3 September 2021- 13:30- 15:30


Want to see a showcase of the latest innovative solutions developed in response to real world challenges currently faced by Transport for Wales?

Sign up here to watch the six business start-ups pitch their innovative ideas


Innovation Funding Support Surgery

21 September 2021- 10:00 – 17:00


The Welsh  Government, in conjunction with Innovate UK, The Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK Edge (Enterprise Europe Network), are holding a Surgery to help Companies based in Wales prepare themselves better to:-

  • Access R&D funding
  • Run more effective Research & Development Projects
  • Commercialise the results

Register here


Vanguard Virtual Event

6 October 2021 – 09:30 BST / 10:30 CEST


The Vanguard Initiative brings together over 30 European regions who are committed to inter-regional collaboration, focused through their Smart Specialisation strategies. This event is open to all Vanguard Initiative member regions. We also welcome participation from policy makers and stakeholders across Europe, including representatives from companies, clusters and academia involved in innovation, research and smart specialization.


Book your place 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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