Collaboration, whether it’s between technology-led companies and universities, or between businesses with distinct areas of expertise, is the fuel that drives innovation. Now in its fourth year, The Engineer Technology & Innovation Awards will once again turn the spotlight on the fruits of this collaborative process.
Together with our main sponsor BAE Systems and our category sponsors, The Engineer is delighted to present 2010’s final shortlist. Representatives of the shortlisted entries will be invited to attend the awards final ceremony at the Royal Society, London, in December where the overall winners, chosen by an expert panel of judges, will be announced. One of the category winners will also be given The Engineer Grand Prix Award, chosen by The Engineer’s editorial team as the entry that particularly embodies a spirit of technology, innovation and collaboration.
The following pages feature details of the entries shortlisted in each of the 10 categories. Between them, the projects embody many of the challenges the UK faces and how collaboration can meet them head on.
These include how to develop cleaner systems of power generation and technologies, and systems that make more efficient use of energy. The need for healthcare technology that can help reduce the demands of an ageing population. And a requirement to maintain and build on the UK’s position in areas such as defence and aerospace, while developing the skills and systems that will help it compete in emerging areas. Plus – a critical point in these financially straitened times – developing the technology that can help us achieve more with fewer resources: systems and technology that reduce waste in our manufacturing processes or that can help our armed forces become more nimble and more efficient.
With the current government continuing to extol the virtues of engineering and technology as the foundations of a sustainable economic future, the projects detailed over the following pages certainly mount a compelling case that, in a demanding financial landscape, it remains critical to invest in R&D.
Our shortlisted entries also underline the importance of the UK’s academic base. In previous years the awards have focused on collaboration between universities and business. This year – to address the full breadth of the UK’s technology landscape – we invited entries from collaborative projects wherever they occur. It’s both striking and reassuring that so many of our shortlisted entries feature considerable academic input. Long may this continue.