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Microalgae dining at Shuffle Festival

As part of Shuffle Festival James Lawrence and Mike Sulu will running a hands-on making session for GCSE students from schools in Tower Hamlets. The aim of the session is for the students to work together to build a bunch of different kinds of airlift reactors for cultivating Spirulina bacterium. The reactors they build will be used as an installation in the Symbiosis Restaurant during the Shuffle Festival, which will serve a range of science-inspired dishes, including Spirulina itself.

Shuffle Festival runs from 24 July - 1 August at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, E3 4PX.

Alma Antemie wins British Council Scholarship

Congratulations to Alma Antemie, a doctoral student within the department, who has been awarded the British Council - Fujian Scholarship, part of the Generation UK initiative.

Alma will spend five months in Fujian province, China, at Fujian Normal University.  The programme includes an intensive programme of Mandarin language learning, as well as opportunities to learn about China's culture, economy and business environment.

Generation UK-China is a British Council campaign that aims to boost the number of UK students participating in study abroad and internship programmes in China. 

Mike Jenkins wins 2015 IChemE Ashok Kumar Fellowship

Mike Jenkins

Mike Jenkins has been awarded the 2015 IChemE Ashok Kumar Fellowship. Mike, who is currently in the 3rd year of his EngD with Pfizer, will undertake a three month placement in the the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. Mike says “This is a great opportunity for me to both learn about and engage in the process by which cutting edge research in the STEM subjects is dealt with by policy and debate at a parliamentary level. I also look forward to furthering my ability to disseminate scientific concepts to a non-specialist audience." Professor Gary Lye, Director of the UCL CDT in Bioprocess Engineering Leadership, says "Mike is the third of our doctoral students to win the Ashok Kumar Fellowship since its inception in 2011. This not only demonstrates the quality of our students but also their holistic understanding of the impact of science and engineering on society".

Phytofutures start-up win at IBLF Awards

Congratulations to Dr Brenda Parker, whose spin-out company ‘Phytofutures’ was awarded the IBLF Award for Innovation in Technology Development at February’s IBLF Awards ceremony. The Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF) is an industry led and Government sponsored initiative to drive a bio-economy in the UK.

The Awards ceremony was held on 12 February, following a two day showcase of innovative companies and new technologies held at the QEII Conference Centre in London.

Phytofutures was set up with Dr Parker’s former colleagues at Cambridge and focuses, amongst other things, on the use of algae for bioremediation, recycling and upgrading valuable nutrients.

New Atlantis

The New Atlantis immersive theatre project, from LAS Theatre, held its week-long run in January at The Crystal, Royal Docks.  During this time volunteers from our department collectively communicated to over 800 adults and 230 school children about the work of biochemical engineers. Feedback from the audience rated our ‘Industry’ team as the best performers of all three science groups involved – well done!

'New Atlantis' features on the BBC News: Scientists take to the stage on climate change

New Atlantis groupNew Atlantis TaritNew Atlantis stageNew Atlantis mayor

Further information about the project can be found at:

The Accidental Biochemical Engineer

IChemE guest blog by Dr Tarit Mukhopadhyay

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