Welcome to this the next edition of our newsletter. As always there are lots of activity to report as well as some good stories of outputs and outcomes from the work we fund. I am particularly pleased we are reporting on some good work we are doing with the Royal College of Art around safety grand challenges. This is breaking new ground for us, exploring the interface between engineering, art and design. It is a reminder that making the world a safer place, which is in line with our charitable purpose, isn’t all about physical science and engineering. As always, follow the links if you’d like to learn more about the stories.
Royal College of Art students tackle marine sector
Design students from the Royal College of Art (RCA) have taken up our Safety Grand Challenges and have been looking at ways design-led innovation can bring new lifesaving design solutions to safety at sea and on rivers. Students focused on creating innovative design solutions that specifically consider: safer ship-to-ship transfers and improving life-saving and risk reduction innovations for future deployment on the river Thames. They held an exhibition at our offices in London. See here for the full story and photographs.
Engineering Horizons Bursary
We are delighted to be contributing to the IET Engineering Horizons Bursary. This grant to the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) helps the Foundation to meet its strategic aim of widening access, to bring engineering-related skills and education to disadvantaged and under-represented communities. For us, the Engineering Horizons Bursaries are important because they are supporting those from non-traditional pathways, who have a passion for engineering and a determination to succeed, and who would benefit from the additional opportunities that the bursaries provide. Congratulations to all the successful candidates, with our special congratulations to the twelve funded by the Foundation. We wish you all the best with your studies and look forward to meeting you at some point in the near future.
Global Clean-tech awards competition runner up
Foundation funded International Water Security Network (IWSN) MSc student and innovator Yolandi Schoeman, who attended and presented in the Student competition at the Foundation conference last October, was global runner-up in the Global Clean-tech awards competition. It was conducted in the seven countries received a total of 1,261 applicants, and 236 semifinalist teams participated. The Baoberry technology for which Yolandi was recognised is a sort of 'cousin' of the eco-engineered “wetlands in a box” that she presented at the Foundation conference. Read more about it here.
Ulf Aberg Award winner
Dr Milena Studic, from The Lloyd’s Register Foundation Transport Risk Management Centre Imperial College London has just been awarded the Ulf Aberg Award for best postgraduate project, 'Developing a framework for Total Apron Safety Management'. This is the award given by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors - and is for her PhD research and thesis.
This award is the first time that a researcher in civil engineering has beaten the traditional human factors and ergonomics departments around the world for this award. Indeed her thesis has already won two international awards.
Director post advertised for risk institute in Singapore
The National University of Singapore (NUS) seeks to hire a world-renowned scholar or industry expert in a relevant field to be the Founding Director of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk.
The Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk is a new institution centred at the NUS. The Institute will be the first of its kind in Asia and aspires to become a world leading centre of excellence that will inspire the public understanding of risk in Asia and globally. The post of Director is an endowed position newly-established by the Foundation in conjunction with NUS. Applicants should have proven experience and a strong track record in running similar-sized international, multidisciplinary programmes on the scale intended for the Institute. To apply see here.
World Water Day
22 March: International Water Security Network (IWSN) have teamed up with Igersbristol to organise a photo competition to mark World Water Day. See here to enter if you are in the Bristol UK area.
International Consortium of Nanotechnologies (ICON)
07 April Athens, Greece: ICON conference will provide an opportunity for the ICON network to come together to consider the grand challenges in nanotechnology. Register see here. Closing date 31 March.