Department staff to spearhead multi-million pound European Smart Farming initiative
An international research partnership on the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to improve productivity and sustainability in the farming sector. The €30 million, 4-year Internet of Food & Farm (IoF2020) project aims to encourage large-scale take-up of IoT technologies, which have the potential to help the European farming and food sector face future challenges through real-time monitoring, better decision making, and improved operations management.
Focusing on 19 trials throughout Europe, the project will explore five agri-food areas; arable farming, dairy, meat, vegetables and fruits. Strathclyde is the only UK partner in the 71 member consortium, which has representatives from 16 countries, and is co-funded by the European Union through Horizon 2020.
Department academic staff, Dr Craig Michie and Professor Ivan Andonovic will advise on how dairy producers can implement IoT technology to maximise the productivity and profitability of their farms. This will involve trialling technology with farms and evaluating the results, before making recommendations to Horizon 2020 to help shape how they should be implemented within the wider agriculture sector.
Dr Michie said: “From monitoring cattle movement, remotely assessing milk quality or detecting breeding and welfare problems, IoT products for the farming industry have the potential to significantly improve productivity and sustainability, while saving farmers time and money. We are delighted to be collaborating with leading research universities across the world and it’s testament to the work done at the University to be chosen as a partner.”
Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship win
The Royal Academy announced support for a total of 13 new Fellowships, which have been designed to advance excellence in engineering by encouraging the best researchers to continue their work at the cutting edge of engineering developments and become future leaders of the discipline. Exploring issues including energy storage, electric aircraft propulsion and new approaches to biomedical imaging, the Research Fellowships provide for five years of funding and offer the mentorship of an Academy Fellow, to provide advice and facilitate links with industry.
Funding support is provided by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
Dr Bauer's Fellowship aims to develop and investigate miniaturised real-time 3D imaging systems for biomedical applications, based on the integration of MEMS, micro-optics and precision 3D-printing. Specific focus of the developed imaging systems will be towards targeting applications in infectious diseases disproportionally affecting developing countries.
Developing new links in Asia
Professor Stephen Marshall of the Department and Professor Gail McConnell of the Strathclyde Institute for Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences, as part of a Royal Society of Edinburgh exchange grant, visited Taiwan to explore opportunities for academic collaboration within the areas of Hyperspectral Imaging and Biophotonics. They delivered a series of seminars to staff and students at a number of leading universities based in Taipei, including the National Yang-Ming University, the Institute of Biophonics, National Taiwan University and the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences at the Academia Sinica.
In addition to visiting Taipei, Professor Marshall then travelled to Hualien to meet with the President Josh Chao, staff and students of National Dong Hwa University (NDHU) to advise on establishing a Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Programme. NDHU see Strathclyde as the ideal model for implementation of a VIP programme because of the diversity of projects. Further visits to Taiwan are now planned to build capacity in these research areas.
Fri & Tues24 & 28 Feb
ScottishPower Foundation 2017 Scholarships Information sessions
The ScottishPower Foundation launched its 2017 Masters Scholarships Programme on 9 February, and there are 28 scholarships on offer for UK undergraduates keen to progress their careers in the energy and environment industry. Strathclyde is one of only 7 UK universities selected to participate in the Programme.
Come along to one of the Information events to learn more about the Programme, the financial support & benefits it provides, and to hear from current scholars.
- Friday 24 February, 1 - 2pm
- Tuesday 28 February, 5 - 6pm
Venue: Room R215, Level 2, Royal College Building. Further details from Gillian McArthur.
Virtual Postgraduate Fair
Interested in MSc or PhD study? Then register for our online postgraduate fair and chat directly with staff and students to learn about all of the opportunities we offer.
Postgraduate Information Session
The Departments of EEE & DMEM are hosting an information session on their MSc & PhD study opportunities for 2017-18.
Open to Year 4 & 5 undergraduates and MSc students. No need to register, just come along.
The session will be held in the TIC Auditorium, 2 - 3pm