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A beautiful summer garden in the Kent countryside
News - 20 Jan 2022

With one of the UK’s warmest climates and a long-established tradition as a farming and horticultural hub, the county boasts more farms and smallholdings than anywhere else in the South East – and well over 220,000 hectares of farmland and countryside. From its orchards and vineyards to its scores of regular, successful and well-loved farmers markets, Kent truly earns its title as the vibrant, plentiful Garden Of England

Food Loop champion
News - 13 Dec 2021

Try to imagine what it would take to feed the entire population of the UK, at 3 square meals per day for 11 solid weeks. We’re talking about 6.4 million Metric Tonnes of food to hit that target – and that’s exactly what we’re throwing away as a nation each year.

Lightbulb covered with nature
News - 14 Nov 2021

There’s a lot riding on the success of the COP26 event in Glasgow this month. The Conference of Parties represents a genuine opportunity to address the climate change emergency in an effective, coordinated way. It’s a global project looking to make a global impact – but even vast, international efforts can begin with individual household decisions.

A clock with the earth as it's face
News - 11 Oct 2021

A winter of disconnect? It’s being called a “perfect storm” of compacted crises. A 500% leap in natural gas prices has collided with a major shortage of HGV drivers and long-term storage issues to produce a profoundly worrying energy crisis in the UK. So how did we get here, and what steps can be taken to get through it?

A mini eco-system in a lightbulb
News - 16 Sep 2021

As arguably the oldest industry in human history, it’s a little surprising to see how forcefully agriculture is still driven by innovation. The global population is heading toward 10 billion within just a few decades, and the sheer mathematics of that continual growth is behind much of the pressure building on Agritech to offer new products, processes and – perhaps most importantly – new thinking.

A green tree inside a sphere with a green butterfly flying around outside
News - 31 Aug 2021

Fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal are key contributors to climate change. In fact, the energy industry accounts for 73% of greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans. With net-zero goals a priority across much of the globe, the focus has fallen on renewable energy. And thanks to increasingly innovative solutions to capturing and retaining energy, the move to renewables could happen sooner than anticipated.

Ocean technology
News - 23 Aug 2021

The ocean is our planet’s life support, so inextricably linked to its survival that no life on earth can exist without it. We rely on the ocean for our drinking water, the majority of our food, even the air we breathe. It provides food for millions, could hold the key to cancer treatments and other diseases, protects us against storms and regulates the climate. Yet, for decades we’ve exploited the world’s largest ecosystem.

A computer generated cyborg
News - 02 Aug 2021

The pharmaceutical industry is often one of the first to come to mind when we think about R&D. Yet while it's naturally one of the frontrunners in innovation, the integration of technology in its R&D processes has taken a while to gather pace. However, with the pandemic came a need to do things differently. With most processes being carried out in-person and in the lab, lockdown presented an unprecedented challenge for the sector - and at a time when new drug discoveries and fast development potentially offered a way out of the COVID crisis.

A man in a white protective suit spraying chemicals
News - 12 Jul 2021

Where once innovation was considered a luxury, it's becoming a necessity. A growing population and depleting resources are putting unprecedented demands on many industries to innovate and future-proof their products and operations – as well as our planet. Perhaps the most significant example in recent times is the COVID-induced increase in demand for pharmaceuticals and fast, forcing pharma to think and act differently.