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General News

North of England Young Food Scientist of the Year Award 2016 - Teesside University

24 May 2016

SCI's Food Group has close links and regularly collaborates with the IFST. For many years the Group has supported the IFST's Young Scientist Competitions and contributes towards the winners' cash prizes. The top three winners also receive one year's free membership to SCI and IFST and are invited to join SCI's Food Committee as a Young Ambassador. Craig Duckham, SCI Food Group Chair attended the North of England competition and was on the judging panel. Here, he tells us about the winning presentations and how the judges came to their decision.

The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum - ‘The 25-year food and farming plan and priorities for the UK food, drink and farming industry’

24 May 2016

SCI's Food Group were invited to attend the Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum's seminar 'The 25-year food and farming plan and priorities for the UK food, drink and farming industry' on 22 March 2016 in London. The Group's Chair, Craig Duckham, asked University of Nottingham PhD student Nicola Caporaso of the Food Group to join the seminar, and here Nicola reports on the day’s events.

SCI Scotland Group Goes from Strength to Strength

23 May 2016

2016 is proving to be an extremely busy year for the SCI Scotland Group, with awards, activities and events taking place almost every month throughout the year. Here is a review and preview of their activities.

Energy Storage: Will Life Ever Be the Same?

23 May 2016

What will the impact be of increased energy storage, and how can it be managed? Join the SCI Energy Group on 2 June when Dr Jill Cainey, Director of the UK's Electricity Storage Network, will introduce us to the rapidly developing area of energy storage.

SCI Supports IFST Young Scientist Competition 2016 - Midlands area

20 May 2016

SCI's Food Group has close links and regularly collaborates with the IFST (The Institute of Food Science and Technology). For many years the Group has supported the IFST's Young Scientist Competitions and contributes towards the winners' cash prizes. The top three winners also receive one year's free membership to SCI and IFST and are invited to join SCI's Food Committee as a Young Ambassador.

SCI Members receive Discount for UKSB2016

20 May 2016

SCI is pleased to bring you news from our collaborative partner, the UK Society for Biomaterials (UKSB) who is organising its 15th annual conference, which will be held between 30 June and 1 July at the Regent Street Cinema, University of Westminster, London. SCI Members can benefit from a 10% discount on the standard registration fee.

Early Career news and events

19 May 2016

A number of events are being set up by SCI's Regional and Technical Groups for Early Career Scientists. Keep an eye on our events calendar and make the most of support being offered to PhD students, postdocs, and those starting out in industry or academia.

SCI Ambassadors' Scheme

19 May 2016

One of SCI’s key target audiences are early career scientists, and so SCI is keen to improve links with universities across the UK.

The Membership Affairs Committee (MAC) working with the Early Career Support Sub-Committee (ECSSC) has launched a new scheme whereby SCI volunteers will be asked to promote SCI and its activities through their university.

Innovative Applications of Materials Chemistry in Water Treatment - Papers

18 May 2016

Innovative Applications of Materials Chemistry in Water Treatment. Part 1: Removal of Contaminants from Drinking Water was held on Wednesday 11 May at Burlington House in London. A number of high quality presentations were delivered alongside a poster session.

Lorenzo Ferrari (1968-2016)

17 May 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lorenzo Ferrari, chair of SCI Canada.  

Wearable Displays and Flexible Lighting: Next Generation of Displays and Lighting Based on OLEDs and QLEDs

13 May 2016

In April 2016, delegates gathered at SCI in Belgravia, London for a one-day conference to review the next generation of displays and lighting based on organic and quantum dot light emitting diodes (OLEDs and QLEDs). Discussions covered topics such as funding projects and the device marketplace, and from the processing and encapsulation of devices to the incorporation of OLEDs in textiles.

AGM 2016 Nominations now open

11 May 2016

SCI is currently going through an exciting phase of development and growth. As such, we are now calling for Members who have the experience to guide SCI through this and put themselves forward for available positions. Nominations are open and will close at midnight on Monday 30 May.

Distinguished Service Awards Recipients 2016

10 May 2016

The SCI Distinguished Service Award is presented annually at the AGM. The award celebrates the hard work and goodwill of longer-serving Members of all component parts of SCI and the 2016 recipients have now been announced. SCI's 2016 AGM will take place on 6 July 2016, where the DSA awards will be presented and all SCI members are welcome to attend.

2016 Future Applications of Small-Angle Scattering to Soft Matter

09 May 2016

This meeting focused on state-of-the-art applications of SANS across a range of Soft Matter systems, and the future scientific opportunities that will come from new facilities, new instruments, and technical advances. The meeting also celebrated the retirement of Dr Richard K Heenan, principal scientist in SANS at the ISIS Pulsed Neutron & Muon Source.

 The event took place at the STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon and was attended by over 50 people.

Horticulture Group Newsletter May 2016

06 May 2016

This month the SCI Horticulture Group newsletters contains news of ‘Betty’ the first ash tree in the UK to have shown tolerance to ash dieback. There is also information on how bees remove pollen from nectarless flowers. The medicinal plant of the months is the Labrador tea, Ledum palustrem typically made into a tea.

Event Preview: Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees?

05 May 2016

A difficult question, with a lot at stake: our food industry and the ecology of one of our most important pollinators. On Thursday 22 September 2016, SCI will hold a conference to discuss the scientific evidence amid claims of adverse effects neonicotinoids have on pollinators and other wildlife. Here are a few facts on the development of this highly topical debate.

AGM 2016: Introducing Electronic Voting

04 May 2016

From 2016, Members are being offered the option to vote online for the available positions on the SCI Board of Trustees and Standing Committees, making it easier for you to cast your vote. We hope that you will be encouraged to engage with this election process.