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Showcase dinner celebrates the KTA as it reaches completion

The KnowledgProf Jane Millar, Pro-Vice Chancelor (Research), with Alice Ekrek, Dr Denise Cooke, and Dr Jon Hunt from the KTA. e Transfer Account (KTA) celebrated its achievements of the last three years with a showcase dinner at the Assembly Rooms, as it reaches a close and is replaced with the Impact Acceleration Account (IAA).

The Grade 1 listed Georgian building provided the venue for academic researchers and external collaborators, many from industry, to showcase their work and develop further opportunities for collaboration.

The £3.4 million KTA was awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in October 2009, to maximise the impact of EPSRC funded research at the University, one of only 12 institutions to receive a grant from their £44 million KTA fund.

Guests were welcomed by Professor Kevin Edge, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Dr Jon Hunt, KTA Project Director, and Dr Denise Cooke, KTA Project Manager for the event which was compered by Dr Adam Hart-Davis, author and broadcaster.

Two awards were presented at the dinner, the first was for the project ‘Carbon Dioxide Measurement Accuracy and Precision’, a collaboration between the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Ford Motor Company Ltd, to improve the precision of carbon dioxide measurements within the vehicle test laboratories at Ford. Dr Chris Brace, lead researcher, accepted the award on behalf of his team with Andy Scarisbrick, industrial supervisor from Ford.

Andy Scarisbrick said: “Thank you all for a most enjoyable evening. I think the University of Bath did an excellent job of demonstrating to the EPSRC just how seriously you take the job of working with Industry. The University looks at the bigger picture and has a ‘can do’ attitude which is followed up with a ‘will do’ plan for the benefit of all.”

The other award was for the project ‘Improving the Forecasting of Storms’, a collaboration between the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Met Office which resulted in improved procedures for numerical weather prediction and data assimilation. Professor Chris Budd, lead researcher, accepted Dr Jon Hunt and Dr Denise Cooke with Dr Sam Akehurst and Dr Chris Brace from Mechanical Engineering, Andy Scarisbrick from Ford, author and broadcaster Adam Hart-Davis and, also from Ford, Geoff Capon.the award on behalf of his team with collaborator Chiara Piccolo from the Met Office.

Films shown during the dinner showcased research projects from:

• Professor Cathryn Mitchell and Dr Nathan Smith with the Nuclear Medicine department at the Royal United Hospital, Bath who have used imaging technology transfer to improve the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
• Dr Chris Brace with Ford Motor Company, Jaguar LandRover and Cummins Turbo Technologies to improve how turbocharged engine systems are designed and engineered.
• Professor Danae Stanton-Fraser with ScienceScope to show how mobile science technology can improve science learning.
• Professor Pete Walker with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to promote low impact building materials to the construction industry.
• Professor Andrew Plumber with Aero Engine Controls (a Rolls Royce and Goodrich company) to help improve aero engine fuel control, reducing harmful emissions from flying.
• Dr Toby Jenkins with the South West UK Children’s Burn Centre, based at Frenchay Hospital, who have been collaborating on a new burns dressing project.

Professor Millar said: “Our KTA has helped to change the culture at the University, highlighting the benefits of collaborative working for both parties and enabling more researchers to engage. Our aim is to continue this under the Impact Acceleration Account”.

She also thanked colleagues who had played key roles in the KTA, in particular Dr Jon Hunt and Dr Denise Cooke. Their Adam Hart-Davis with Chiara Piccolo from the Met Office and Dr Chris Budd, Mathematical Sciences.contribution helped the KTA to successfully deliver 36 projects, work with over 35 businesses, bring in an estimated £2.4 million partnership funding in cash and kind as well as £3.7 million follow on funding. It is hoped the £1.4 million IAA will continue to deliver similar success in the sharing of knowledge between researchers and industry, encouraging new collaborative opportunities.

A launch event will be taking place on 11 October 12:30am-2:30pm in 4West Atrium to officially mark the start of the Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) which commenced on 1 October. The event will include a buffet lunch and poster exhibition of KTA projects, along with presentations outlining new funding opportunities to stimulate pathways to impact projects.

Further information and registration for the IAA launch.

Photos:
1. Prof Jane Millar, Pro-Vice Chancelor (Research), with Alice Ekrek, Dr Denise Cooke, and Dr Jon Hunt from the KTA. 
2. Dr Jon Hunt and Dr Denise Cooke with Dr Sam Akehurst and Dr Chris Brace from Mechanical Engineering, Andy Scarisbrick from Ford, author and broadcaster Adam Hart-Davis and, also from Ford, Geoff Capon.
3. Adam Hart-Davis with Chiara Piccolo from the Met Office and Prof Chris Budd, Mathematical Sciences.