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Back to Thiruvananthapuram

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I recently visited the City of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala with my colleague Sam Kumar from the British Deputy High Commission in Chennai.  Our aim was to see how the city has grown as a hotspot for research and innovation activity in India.  My predecessor, Dr Tom Wells, visited with the same aim in 2012 – and to support Nesta’s work analysing the changing landscape of Indian research and innovation (‘Our Frugal Future … Read more »Back to Thiruvananthapuram

Global challenges, affordable solutions

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Ever wondered what happens when medicine, research and innovative technologies come together? One result is mind-blowing breakthroughs and techniques that better help the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.  With this in mind we brought together experts from India and the UK to discuss the potential for collaborative partnerships in affordable medical technologies. We held joint workshops earlier this year in Pune and Chennai with six senior researchers and experts from … Read more »Global challenges, affordable solutions

World Health Assembly 68: a GREAT fortnight for global health

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Guest Blogger: Dr. Himangi Bhardwaj, Senior Health Adviser for the FCO’s (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) network in India, and part of the official UK delegation to the World Health Assembly, reports on her maiden United Nations experience, and her exciting adventures! The World Health Assembly 68 (WHA 68), organised from May 18 – 26, 2015 at the World Health Organization’s headquarters, Geneva, passed several landmark resolutions and decisions, including on … Read more »World Health Assembly 68: a GREAT fortnight for global health

Tale of an enticing beehive – UK in Milan

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The UK is one of 145 nations participating in the World Exposition 2015 which is taking place in Milan from 1 May till 31 October. The UK Pavilion takes the shape of a bee-hive and represents the crucial role played by pollination in providing the food that we eat. Visitors to the hive experience the journey of a honeybee to understand their integral role in providing a secure food-chain. This … Read more »Tale of an enticing beehive – UK in Milan

Newton Bhabha Innovation Workshop: Industry Academia Engagement

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On 12-13 May 2015, the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), in partnership with the Science and Innovation Network (SIN) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) organised a workshop in New Delhi on ‘industry academia engagement’. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the current challenges of technological development in India, share the UK experience and help inform this programme’s design and implementation. The SIN team … Read more »Newton Bhabha Innovation Workshop: Industry Academia Engagement

From neutrons to node and space

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Like always, the last three months at UK SIN has been quite hectic. In January, I visited the ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source in Harwell, Oxfordshire, a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences, owned by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council. I was also there to witness the signing up of a letter of intent between ISIS and the Indian Nano Mission for collaboration … Read more »From neutrons to node and space

Catalysing collaboration between UK and Indian space sectors

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On 10 March Bangalore played host to a RiffStream# event focusing on developing commercial opportunities between UK and India players in the space sector. It was my first experience of using RiffStream# methodology where the event is designed to be high-energy and interactive ‘experiences’. Having joined the SIN team in India in March this workshop gave me a fantastic insight into a really exciting sector. Working closely with the UK … Read more »Catalysing collaboration between UK and Indian space sectors

Going to Goa on Business!

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This is how my boss announced my recent official visit to my team members! Not surprisingly I got some envious looks…all in good fun of course as prompt came the reply that some were off to Kerala the week after – again on business of course! But I’m sure you’ll hear about that separately. I was in Goa last month with delegates visiting from the South Georgia Future Science Project … Read more »Going to Goa on Business!

UK-India Workshop on Women in STEM – A Case for Intervention

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The UK Science and Innovation Network, together with the British Council and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) organised a half-day workshop on ‘Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – A Case for Intervention’ on 12th February 2015 at New Delhi. The event was held on the sidelines of the ‘Global Education Dialogue – Women and Leadership’ organised by the British Council, which included representation from eight countries. … Read more »UK-India Workshop on Women in STEM – A Case for Intervention

EU tour to Pune – A glimpse of R&D base in India

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Pune, also known as the Oxford of the East, is the educational and research hub of Western India. The European Union (EU) Delegation to India organised a regional tour to Pune from 16-18 February 2015. We (new SINner Karanpreet and veteran Vishakha) represented the British High Commission and participated in the stimulating deliberations over the three day visit. The delegation included science attaches from embassies of Hungary, Switzerland, France and Netherlands, … Read more »EU tour to Pune – A glimpse of R&D base in India