Entrepreneur and University of Manchester academic behind the RoundView and Ketso to speak at climate change conference

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Dr. Joanne Tippett

Dr. Joanne Tippett

University of Manchester academic and entrepreneur Dr. Joanne Tippett will speak at the World Symposium on Climate Change Communication conference in Manchester this week.

The co-inventor of the RoundView – an innovative way to support learning and design for a sustainable future – and founder of Ketso, a Manchester-based social enterprise with global reach, will speak to an international audience at the three-day event aimed at exploring how we can communicate and engage people effectively about climate change.

Award-winning Ketso – a creative engagement tool and hands-on ‘workshop in a bag’ – was developed in the mountains of Lesotho in the mid-1990s by Dr. Tippett. From its origins in University of Manchester research, it is now in use all over the world, from climate change planning in the UK, Cameroon, Tanzania and Ethiopia, to mental health transformation in the UK, to exploring child trafficking issues in Bangladesh, to developing enterprise skills in Australia.

Dr. Tippett’s speech at the conference at The University of Manchester also comes after the RoundView recently inspired an innovative approach to community engagement for the £3.1million Carbon Landscape project – which has announced its successful funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

She said: “I’m very excited that this prestigious conference is not only taking place in Manchester, but that I’ve been given the chance to talk at it.

“My talk will build on decades of science and thinking about sustainability – with the key message being that we can change direction.

“I know first-hand that Ketso and the RoundView really are working and making a tangible social difference to people, from the most vulnerable in society to those in the highest positions when it comes to decision making, said Dr Tippett, from the School of Environment, Education and Development.

“Ketso is also in use in over half of the Universities in the UK, while local authorities use it to engage with communities – such as in Renfrewshire’s Community Planning Conference – where over 400 people used Ketso to explore ideas for the future of their area.”

Dr. Tippett, who works closely with The University of Manchester technology transfer division, UMIP, in a bid to develop the RoundView and Ketso, added: “Over 25,000 people have used Ketso around the world while the RoundView has been tested and developed with over 1,600 participants, including 250 members of staff at Tesco in action research funded by the Sustainable Consumption Institute.

“It’s great that I’ll be able to present some findings and practical hints for improved communication to people from all over the world who will be attending the conference.”

The World Symposium on Climate Change Communication is being organised by the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) in collaboration with key international organisations.

It will be held at The University of Manchester from February 22 to February 24th.






Unlocking the potential of the intellectual property in your research

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Register Now: https://ipo-unlocking-potential.eventbrite.co.uk

Date: Tuesday 21st March

Time: 12:00 – 16:30

Location: The University of Manchester Innovation Centre (UMIC), The Core Technology Facility, 46 Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9NT.

Who? All PhD students and Early Career Researchers from across the N8 Partnership universities.

Can you take your research further? By drawing on the expertise of IP professionals and the experience of those who have successfully navigated the knowledge exchange landscape you will learn how to develop an IP strategy to support the outcomes of your research.

The workshop will include:

·         Overview of IP rights and IP strategies delivered by the IPO and IP specialists HGF

·         The options available to translate your IP from research to impact

·         Case studies on managing research generated IP through the knowledge exchange and commercialisation process

·         A hands-on session to develop an IP strategy

·         A networking lunch

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University of Manchester technology set to reduce the cost of environmentally friendly biochemicals

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Ben DolmanA PhD student has created a technology which could enable multi-national companies to reduce the cost of replacing petroleum based surfactants, fuels and other chemicals with environmentally friendly biosurfactants and biologically produced fuels and chemicals.

Ben Dolman studies biochemical engineering at The University of Manchester under the supervision of Dr James Winterburn, and his technology, which separates biochemicals as they are produced by fermentation, has so far been demonstrated with sophorolipid biosurfactants.


It could also be applied to other insoluble biochemicals produced for use as fuels, as industrial chemicals and in personal care, such as terponoids and MELs.

At present, sophorolipids are used in laundry detergents, dishwasher detergents and personal care products, while production costs still limit production for bulk applications such as bioremediation (the clean-up of oil spills and other pollutants).

Ben commented: “By facilitating around double the production of sophorolipids per batch, as well as reducing energy and separation costs, this technology has the potential to dramatically reduce production costs and so expand the use of these environmentally friendly chemicals.”

The 26-year-old has been working closely with The University of Manchester’s agent for intellectual property commercialisation UMIP over the past 12 months, and says he always knew his idea had commercial potential.

“With a rapidly expanding market for biochemicals and sophorolipids in particular, this separation technology provides a promising opportunity to reduce costs and expand into the bulk chemicals sector,” said Ben.

“The simplicity of the design, combined with the possibility to easily retrofit the separator to existing processes, means the technology can be quickly implemented with minimal costs.”

Ben now plans to demonstrate this technology with other bioproducts and at scale.

“Now that we have demonstrated the capacity of this technology to recover sophorolipids, having filed a patent and published a paper on the work, we are looking to expand the scope of this project,” he said.

“This technology should be applicable to most insoluble or partially soluble bioproducts, and we have planned to develop this aspect in the coming months as well as scale up the separator and develop automated control systems.”

Ben would love to hear from any interested parties, and can be contacted through UMIP or his university profile. Further information can also be found at the following links;



Stroke Association Priority Programme Award in Haemorrhagic Stroke

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Priority Programme Award:

  • Award amount: up to £450,000 for a period of 3 to 5 years.
  • Deadline for Expression of Interest forms: 5PM on 1 March 2017.
  • After this date,  prospective applicants will be emailed with the full application forms for completion by 1st June 2017.
  • Please Note: applications from those who did not register an Expression of Interest for this call will not be accepted.


For further information please see Stroke Association Haemorrhagic Stroke Priority Programme Award

MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme now open: Information event 15th February 2017

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The University has secured funding from the fifth round of the MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme. An information event for CiC 2017 has been scheduled for 15th February to share experience from the previous rounds of the programme and provide guidance to potential applicants on how to prepare a competitive CiC proposal. The event will include an overview of the scheme, an industry perspective on the programme and details about the process for applications this year. The meeting will end with a networking session and the opportunity to get advice on your CiC proposal ideas from FBMH Strategic Funding Team colleagues and an industry perspective from Dr John Stageman, BioNow.

Information event registration

Via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mrc-confidence-in-concept-cic-phase-5-launch-event-wed-15th-feb-2015-11am-2pm-registration-31538835506

Indicative agenda

11.00am Introduction: Dr Graham Cadwallader, Strategic Funding Team

11.10am Process, timelines and guidance for the CiC 2015 Programme: Anu Suokas, UoM/CiC Programme Manager, Strategic Funding Team

11.25am CiC and DPFS Schemes: MRC representative (TBC)

11.45am Industry perspective on the CiC programme: Dr. John Stageman, Bionow

12noon-2pm Lunch, networking and advice session (15 minute advice slots will be available)

MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme 2017: Call details The call is now open, EoI deadline: 10am Friday 24th February 2017.

Full guidance about the call and the application process.


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