Welcome to the Lloyd's Register Foundation newsletter for February and March. As always there's lot for us to share and for you read about ranging from lifeboats to distributed ledgers. There's also news updates on two further Foresight Reviews we're commissioning linked to Food Safety and Future Engineering Uses of the Sea. As always, follow up information and more news stories can be found on our website. Good reading.
RNLI 3000th trained crew member
On 19 February, the Foundation visited the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) in Poole, UK to mark the 3000th crew member to receive their Foundation-funded sea survival training. It was a privilege to witness the intense training the crew members undergo to develop the competency and skills needed to survive and save lives at sea. We recognise this milestone as testimony to the incredible dedication of the RNLI and their volunteers.
Towards the tipping point: Technology Radar
The latest Technology Radar from Lloyd's Register Group Lloyd's, one of the world's leading providers of professional services of engineering and technology is now out, an award-winning research programme that takes the pulse of innovation in renewable energy and shines a light on the outlook for the sector. The Technology Radar is an opinion-led primary research exercise based on a survey of almost 800 professionals from the global sector, and in-depth interviews with leading industry experts. To download please click here Watch a short video overview of the research: and to share your views here.
Food Safety call
The Foundation has announced its plan to undertake a Foresight Review in the field of food safety. On 28 February it announced a call inviting the world's leading food safety experts from academia, NGOs, regulatory bodies and food sector organisations, to contribute to the development of the review through a series of upcoming workshops. The review will address food safety across the short and longer term, looking at trends and challenges for society in the safe and secure production of food across the entire supply chain. It will take a global perspective and will make recommendations on research, innovation, education, policy and practice needed to plan for a healthy and safe future for all. This call supports the Foundation's mission to advance the safety of life and advance public education applied to critical infrastructures on which modern society relies. The Foundation is supported by the work of Lloyd's Register Group. For more information please see the full article here.
Activities are progressing quickly on the Foundation's Foresight Review on ocean engineering. Four workshops are planned, in Singapore 19-20 April, Southampton 26-27 April, St Johns, Canada 06-07 June, and Perth Q3 2018, to receive expert input from a wide range of fields - including engineering, oceanography, law, economics, and business. Daryl Attwood from the Foundation will deliver a presentation on the review to Marine and Offshore's Offshore Technology Conference in Rotterdam on April 9. Professor Mark Cassidy of the University of Western Australia, will be the review's author. Professor Cassidy has recently accepted an appointment to the Offshore Technical Committee, which makes decisions related to the LR Offshore Rules. See here for more info.
New partnership for the Foundation
The Foundation and Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC) has announced a funding partnership to set up Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL), which will explore the use of blockchain for the assurance and safety of critical infrastructure and drive new business models for the global maritime industry for more information see here.
Thanks to all those that have signed up to our alumni programme, which exists to strengthen the connection between Lloyd's Register Foundation and the beneficiaries of its funding. Within the next few weeks we will be reaching out to this international, multidisciplinary network with opportunities and ideas. If you want to be a part of this, and have directly benefited from a Lloyd's Register Foundation grant, please register on our database https://lrfoundation.flexigrant.commaking sure to tick the option at Registration "I have been asked to Register for the Lloyd's Register Foundation Alumni programme – please tell me more."
Recent grants agreed by the Foundation
We recently agreed a grant to Blue Marine Foundation for Phase 1 of The Big Marine Data Project: Extending marine data collection and its accessibility to wider marine industries, researchers and managers to improve safety of life and property at sea and the marine environment.
We also have agreed the following grants subject to contract:
- Pusan National University - Open Access to the Korea Ship and Offshore Research Institute (KOSORI) Test Facilities and a Digital Platform of Test Database
- Pusan National University - Advanced Computational Models for Safety Studies (Follow-on Funding)
- University of Western Australia – Lloyd's Register Foundation Foresight review on Ocean Engineering
- BLOC (Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration) – Maritime Blockchain Labs
- National Maritime Museum – National Maritime Museum Lloyd's Register Foundation Curator of Contemporary Maritime Impacts
- Imperial College London – A collaborative approach to optimising the safe design of pressure vessels
- University of Hull, Lloyd's Register Foundation Thomas Chapman Scholarship
- University of Hull, Opening access to the Foundation's Heritage and Education Centre: Safety in the Trawl Fisheries and Merchant Shipping Industry: An Appraisal of the Archives
- nPlan Limited – Safety indicators by deep learning construction schedules
- PETRAS – Internet of Things research hub – Internet of Things Cybersecurity demonstrators call
- Imperial College London - The Dr Ashraf Ben El-Shanawany memorial prize, supported by Lloyd's Register Foundation
Expression of Interest
16 April 2018: Arup are looking for people to work with us around "ways and means" of making #critical #Infrastructure #resilience tangible, practical and relevant. See here for more info
Heritage and Education Centre workshop
23 April 2018: "How to use the Lloyd's Register of Ships", London, UK. This is a free to attend, hands on workshop designed to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of the Lloyd's Register of Ships and how it can be used as a research tool. For more info see here.
Foundation International Conference
09-10 May 2018: The conference registration site can be found here, where you can also register your place.