Monthly news bulletin issue 09/2017

Welcome to this edition of our newsletter. On behalf of the Foundation team I'm particularly excited about the publication of our Insight Report on distributed ledgers in collaboration with The Alan Turing Institute. One of the differentiators of the Foundation is our ability to look over the horizon at emerging technologies and asses their impact. The work we're doing on the engineering applications of distributed ledgers is a clear demonstration of that type of thought leadership. There are several other exciting updates in this newsletter, so good reading.

Distributed ledgers Insight Report

Distribute ledger report coversThe Foundation and The Alan Turing Institute launched the Insight Report on Distributed ledger technologies: safety of engineered systems at a well attended event hosted by The Alan Turing Institute. Lloyd's Register Foundation and The Alan Turing Institute are partners in a major programme to address new challenges in data-centric engineering. Based at The Alan Turing Institute, the programme brings together world-leading academic institutions and major industrial partners from across the engineering sector. The programme for data-centric engineering is led by Professor Mark Girolami. Read more about the programme here and download the insight report.

Open House a great success

People at the Open HouseLast weekend's Open House London event attracted 2,378 members of the public (breaking 2015's record of 2,058) to 71 Fenchurch Street to see the old building, learn about Lloyd's Register's history and the work of Lloyd's Register Group and Lloyd's Register Foundation. The team thoroughly enjoyed the day had some great feedback and lots of interesting questions from the public. The Heritage & Education Centre extends their thanks to everyone who helped on the day; we would not be able to take part without the kindness of our volunteers! For full story see here

Rotterdam Maritime Museum

People in front of a model boatThe Foundation is funding a year long exhibition at the Rotterdam Maritime Museum, which coincides with LR's 150th Anniversary in the Netherlands. This is an amazing opportunity to show the Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) archive, the work of LR and the work of the Foundation. The exhibition, which opens in June 2018, will reach three generations through its interpretation and presentation of artefacts.

CHIRP Safety at Sea Award

Award winners on stageThe CHIRP Charitable Trust has been named ‘The Best Safety Service of the Year' at the 2017 Safety at Sea Awards, which were held during London International Shipping Week. The Safety at Sea Awards are amongst the most prestigious in the maritime industry awards. CHIRP was announced as the winner out of six shortlisted entrants in the 'Best Safety Service of the Year' category, recognising its online confidential reporting programme as an original development that has the potential to improve safety both on board and ashore. The Foundation support CHIRP with a grant of £60,000 for their work in the reporting of maritime hazardous incidents and near misses, which are reported in CHIRP Maritime Feedback and reviewed by the Maritime Advisory Board. Read more about CHIRP Maritime here.

Award for Nautical Institute's Alert!

Man on phoneThe Nautical Institute's international Alert! human element programme received the Initiative Award for organisations or associations that spark, realise, or significantly contribute to any initiative fostering safer and sustainable shipping. The Foundation has supported Alert! over its 14 years of developing this substantial body of knowledge. Alert! has also been shortlisted for the Maritime Foundation's First Sea Lord's Digital Media Award for Best Use of Digital and Social Media. The Maritime Media Awards 2017 will take place on 08 November in London, UK.

Welcome to our new Foundation colleagues

Droplet in waterMike Wetherell joins the Foundation as our first Director of Operations, having previously worked as the Chief Operating Officer for RBG Kew Foundation. We also have four staff from LR Group currently seconded to the Foundation helping to deliver our growing portfolio in support of our mission. Jan Reier Huse is helping the Foundation to manage the Resilience Shift programme and identifying routes to impact through LR Group's networks. Gary Pogson is leading work on distributed ledger (including blockchain) applications and supporting work with the Alan Turing Institute. Gbenga Olugbodi has a full-time secondment to the Foundation, leading a range of research projects. Daryl Attwood is also on full-time secondment and brings a wealth of experience that will be enormously beneficial to us, initially in helping drive forward priorities in the Skills and Education area.

Lloyd's Register Foundation International Conference

World map made of people iconsWant to learn more about the work of the Lloyd's Register Foundation and its impact on society? The second Lloyd's Register Foundation International Conference will take place at the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in London, UK on Wednesday 09 and Thursday 10 May 2018. This two-day event will bring together our grant holders, members of the public, academia and industry, and is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the work and impact of the Foundation. The conference will feature keynote speakers, presentations and early career 'master classes' spanning all areas of our grants funding. There will also be a presentation session for students. The conference registration site can be found here, where you can also register your place. #bringingsafetytolife