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OCCA Educational Partner: University of York

The University of York is a campus university situated within walking distance of York city centre, hosting over 20,000 students. We are a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, and in the most recent (2014) research excellence framework were ranked 14th overall and 10th for the impact of our research. The Department of Chemistry has roughly 60 full-time members of academic staff including many winners of international prizes, over 620 undergraduate students, approximately 200 graduates (mainly studying for PhD degrees) and more than 70 research fellows. We are world leading in atmospheric chemistry, structural biology and green chemistry.

The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) is a an open-access R&D centre, a subsidiary of the University of York. We work at the interface between academia and industry to convert plants, microbes and biowastes into profitable biorenewable products. With biologists, chemists, and business specialists the BDC team offers a unique combination of multi-disciplinary expertise coupled with pilot-scale processing capabilities in one coordinated centre. Covering a broad spectrum of biorefining technologies, from feedstock assessment to product evaluation, the team specialise in making the most out of biorenewable materials; helping ideas to survive the valley of death; and de-risking the innovation process.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: Becoming involved in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of York can help your business embed expertise, generate new knowledge, expand capability and foster a culture of innovation. They do this by connecting businesses that have an innovation idea with the expertise to help deliver it. Grant support of up to 67% is available to deliver the KTP. This session will provide a quick overview of KTP and how you could get involved.

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