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Investing in post-pandemic recovery

Posted on 19 February 2021 by Heath Jeffries

Cardiff’s Innovation Campus will be a magnet for post-pandemic recovery. Social science researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, professional advisers, academics and students will eventually create, test and incubate new initiatives and nurture partnerships in the sbarc | spark building. It will be home to SPARK – the world’s first Social Science Research Park – where specialists
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Illuminating breakthroughs   

Posted on 11 February 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

The trials of 2020 spurred scientists worldwide to overcome challenges. Despite restricted operating restrictions, experts at Cardiff University’s Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) ended the year by successfully demonstrating their ability to process multiple 6” compound semiconductor wafers on specification, and on time, to a customer. Here, ICS Director, Professor Peter Smowton, outlines the achievement.  “It’s a year that will live long in the memory. Bringing disruption and an adjustment to working patterns, the 2020 pandemic led to full closure of the ERDF-funded ICS from the end of March until July.  We gradually re-opened the
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Banking on innovation

Posted on 18 January 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

The Development Bank of Wales works with Cardiff University to turn research into products and processes that drive prosperity. Together, we share knowhow to nurture home-grown businesses. Here, Dr Nick Bourne, Cardiff University’s Head of Commercial Development and Dr Phil Barnes, Investment Executive in the Development Bank’s technology venture investments team, examine a long-standing partnership.
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Are you a future leader in AI and Robotics?

Posted on 11 January 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Humans and Robots, Human-Like AI, Ethical and Explainable AI, Human-centred Technologies and Society… just a few of the futuristic themes on the menu at this year’s first annual conference event for the Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems (IROHMS). Here, its Director, Professor Rossi Setchi, outlines the exciting programme ahead. “The Future Leaders
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Rising to the challenge of 2020

Posted on 16 December 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Despite the stark trials of 2020, innovation at Cardiff maintained continuity. Partnerships thrived, talented people secured funding and future innovation places headed skywards towards completion.   HEFCW’s Research Wales Innovation Fund provided welcome additional resources to support our spin-out pipeline and enterprise ecosystem, aligned to a refreshed strategy, The Way Forward – a guide to help the University play an active part in Wales’ post-COVID-19 renewal.  More students than ever before made enquiries about 1-2-1 business mentoring in 2020. SPARK – the Social
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SPARKing innovation

Posted on 15 October 2020 by Heath Jeffries

COVID-19 and Brexit pose huge societal questions. Social science research can be the bridge that helps businesses prepare to address these global challenges. A webinar this month will hear how SPARK – a collective of 11 world-leading social science research groups – works with organisations to create value through its unique membership model. Building a
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Sparking the imagination

Posted on 29 September 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Drone film footage recently captured the physical impressiveness of the sbarc | spark building – soon to be home to interdisciplinary social science researchers, students and a range of external partners. Here, Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Damian Walford Davies goes beyond the material to imagine a walk through the completed building and the experience of meeting
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Transforming Cardiff’s media sector

Posted on 15 September 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Sara Pepper, Director of Creative Economy, shares the ambition of Creative Capital – a Cardiff University-led consortium bid to the UKRI Strength in Places Fund to transform the media sector in the Cardiff Capital Region.   “Cardiff is one of the UK’s leading media cities. Film and television production forms a significant part of the Cardiff
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Clinical innovation team goes virtual

Posted on 7 August 2020 by Heath Jeffries

There has never been a more pressing time to find solutions to clinical need. The Clinical Innovation Partnership forged between Cardiff University and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in 2016 is itself being innovative: monthly meetings of its highly successful Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) are now being hosted as virtual sessions as substitutes for its
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Celebrating sbarc | spark – investing in innovation

Posted on 6 July 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

A future centre for start-ups, spinouts, student businesses and social enterprises has reached its highest construction point. sbarc | spark will help enterprising people connect, collaborate and create.  Here, Cardiff University’s Dr Nick Bourne outlines how the hub can help drive recovery after COVID-19.    “Put simply, sbarc l spark will put ideas to work. It is a magnet for commercial
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