Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bio Based Materials in Sport, 20 April, University of Essex, Colchester

InCrops Enterprise Hub in conjunction with Centre for Sports and Exercise at the University of Essex are holding a half day event for businesses focused on Bio Based materials in sport.

This FREE event will inform businesses and industries associated with sports and outdoor activities about the range of available bio-based materials (biopolymers, natural fibres, biocomposites, nutraceuticals) and bring together those in the sports supply chain from manufacturers and developers to sports professionals.

The afternoon event will feature presentations and demonstrations of products/materials from companies developing plant-based renewable materials for applications in the sports and leisure industry. These include the use of renewable polymers from Merquinsa and Arkema Group, bamboo by RAW Bamboo Bikes and plant fibres by CelluComp Ltd.

During the event the attendees will have a unique opportunity to visit the Centre for Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Essex and learn about the facilities for testing sports gear and equipment. The event is designed to encourage networking between different stakeholders and provide the opportunity to discuss the potential for future developmental and collaborative work.

Who should participate?

Companies developing or manufacturing -

* materials for outdoor and active gear, sport clothing and equipment;
* bio monitoring, bio sensing, remote data transfer devices;
* sports drinks and performance stimulants based on plant ingredients;
* sports injuries management

Opportunity to exhibit or present at the event

There is an opportunity to exhibit or present during the event. The presentations to all delegates will be ‘spotlights’ (around 5 minutes) on a bio-based product or material.

Pilot study

We are partnering with the Centre for Sports and Exercise at the University of Essex for this event. The Centre has offered to carry out a short pilot study of bio-based products to test the product performance and athlete’s preference. The data could be presented at the event. Please contact Liliya Serazetdinova ASAP about taking part in the pilot study.

If you wish to register for the event or are interested in taking part please contact Julia O’Rourke, event co-ordinator or call the InCrops Enterprise Hub on 01603 591765.

Friday, March 5, 2010

CIRC First Call for Proposals

The first CIRC call for proposals has gone live on the website; the shortcut to the appropriate page is

The call will have two stages; the deadline for outline proposals is 28 April. We will be holding a workshop on 24 March at the Royal Society to promote the call and to give potential applicants the opportunity to discuss their research ideas with members of the Club. If you would like to attend the workshop you would be very welcome, and it would be much appreciated if you could pass this information on to any potential applicants you discuss this with. Please register at the following survey monkey site:

Please contact Dr Dan Godfrey with any queries:
Tel. +44 (0)1793 414688
Mob. +44 (0) 7796260625