Kent Research Round-Up

Hops growing towards the sky

Research round up

A snapshot of the impactful research and innovation activity happening across the University of Kent (January - March)

Batteries melting into a purple background

Can we recover and recycle rare earth metals?

Professor Martin Warren is set to lead a £14 million Engineering Biology Mission Hub for Environmental Processing and Recovery of Metals (ELEMENTAL) aims to address the growing need for critical minerals and metals in clean energy technologies.

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A view of Kent fields in summer

How can we enhance the role of conservation areas?

The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology has been awarded £8.3 million for the five-year project 'Sharing Space for Nature: enhancing the role of conservation areas in tackling current environmental crises'.

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Can robotics make UK orchards more efficient?

Professor of Agri-Environmental Economics, Iain Fraser, is joining a world-class consortium of partners to deliver the £4.5 million Precision Orchard Management for the Environment (POME) project.

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Hops growing towards a blue sky

Could genetics be used to create the 'super hop'?

A pioneering collaborative project funded by UKRI will see Dr Helen Cockerton work with Wye Hops to create hop varieties which are more resilient to drought, pests and diseases.  

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Eggs in a frying pan

How can we improve alternative protein production?

Kent is to contribute to a £12m alternative protein research centre which will explore different methods of fermentation to develop ingredients capable of producing the flavours and textures of animal products.

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Can bat research prepare us for the next pandemic?

Dr Simon Scott is set to play a pivotal role in the One Bat project which launched in January with the aim of safeguarding public health by studying viruses in European bats.

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Knowledge exchange in action

To maximise the impact of our research, we are always looking for new ways to share academic ideas and insights outside of academia, and bring in external perspectives and experiences. Here are some of the ways we're doing that:

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Congratulations to...

Everyone that has contributed to Kent being re-recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the National Cyber Security Centre and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Professor George Saridakis Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Head of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business in Kent Business School, has been elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) in recognition of his substantial contributions to social science research, industry, policy, and higher education.

Dr M. May Seitanidi, Reader in Strategy in Kent Business School, whose paper exploring different approaches to analysing the effectiveness of cross-sector partnerships in addressing societal grand challenges has recently been published in the Journal of Management Studies.

The Research Technical Professionals at Kent who have secured funding for the £3 million Technical Platform for Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (T-PIKE) project.

Lisa Walsh tends an injured footballer on the pitch
Female players do not have access to opportunities that are given to their male counterparts.

Lisa Walsh Lecturer in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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