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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

Bright idea to transform web access

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I had assumed that a simple tiny light emitting diode (LED) can be used only for illumination. But I was zapped when I visited Prof Harald Haas’s lab at the University of Edinburgh last month. I got a glimpse of tomorrow’s future – LEDs transmitting data! A LED equipped with signal processing technology was streaming a high-definition video to a computer which was about 20 feet away. Or in simple … Read more »Bright idea to transform web access

Looking forward … S&IN India 2015

Last month I wrote a blog about the exciting events the SIN India team have been involved in. The regional SIN IMEA conference in Mumbai was an excellent venue for all ‘SINners’ to get orientated with the various collaborations and projects SIN is kicking off with this year! Although its early days, the SIN events calendar is already shaping up to be a very busy time! This year’s Bangalore India … Read more »Looking forward … S&IN India 2015

Business models and routes to market

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Guest blog by Dr  Shailendra Vyakarnam is the Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship Learning, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge The Indian biotech sector is set to grow. This has been clearly stated by the Dept. of Biotechnology and numerous agencies. Resources are being allocated for this purpose and the evidence of this can be seen when you visit the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) on the campus of the National … Read more »Business models and routes to market

Food systems – UK, India – from field to plate

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The intricate world of supply chains of several foods from field to plate and the relationships between food, health and environment gets all the more fascinating if one does a comparative analysis of two countries’ food systems. This is what we attempted to do during the final quarter of the previous year with two scoping visits, one to UK in November and the other one in India in the following … Read more »Food systems – UK, India – from field to plate