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Technology and Innovation Political Roundup 29.10.20

Weekly updates from Catherine Condie Associates in association with AIRTO*, perfect for companies who like to see a snapshot of government and public funding press releases covering #technology and #innovation.

Due diligence declarations in compliance with the Nagoya Protocol – EU exit update governing research on genetic resources

In preparation for the end of the transition period, there will be small changes to legislation affecting institutions and organisations involved in commercial or non-commercial research covering animal breeding, biocontrol, biotechnology, collections, cosmetic and personal care, food and feed, pharmaceutical and plant breeding. Check legislation and compliance responsibilities here.

Online safety priority in the digital revolution: £29m programme announced across the UK – press release


· £29m for research projects in Bristol, Bath, Newcastle, Nottingham, Surrey and Lancaster

· Includes £7m for a new online safety research centre of excellence

· New technology trials to boost online privacy, tackle disinformation and increase wellbeing

Shetland spaceport boosts UK's plans for launch – Press release

Lockheed Martin to move UK Pathfinder Launch for small satellites to Shetland Space Centre.


UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said: ‘The UK Government is committed to cementing the UK’s position as a global leader in the space sector. The creation of the Shetland Space Centre is incredibly exciting news and a real boost for the local economy. Our investment in Scottish spaceports is creating hundreds of secure and skilled jobs for people in Scotland.’ Read more.

UKRI’s road to net-zero; Investing for impact – Webinar 4 November 11.30am

This free UKRI webinar chaired by Ian Meikle, Director of Clean Growth at Innovate UK will look at available funding and successes delivered through Challenge Fund to date. Register.

The buzz around net zero – Innovate UK blog


UKRI’s ‘Prospering from the Energy Revolution’ programme is pioneering this systems approach to unlock the benefits of smart local energy systems. These can provide a strong foundation for a net zero future – clean, flexible, affordable and efficient energy systems that are fit for societal needs in coming decades. Increasingly ‘local’ is key to delivering this.

Future Leader Fellowships Round 6 opens for applications on 10 November – Find out more.

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