February 2016

Spring Training 2016 is a must-attend event for research park directors. Spring Training's dynamic speakers and relevant topics give research park directors ideas, tools and strategies to grow as leaders and enhance the parks they serve. Early Bird Registration rates are still available, but only for a limited time. 

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 not to be missed! 
Norwich Home to New �81.6m Food and Health Research Hub
From businessweekly.co.uk

The Quadram Institute will be one of Europe's largest single-site concentrations of such research and is expected to open in 2018.
The initial investment is being provided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) together with its three Norwich-based partners - the Institute of Food Research (IFR); the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH); and the University of East Anglia (UEA).
The Quadram Institute will integrate research teams from the IFR and UEA's Faculty of Science and Norwich Medical School with the NNUHs' gastrointestinal endoscopy facility under one roof.
To be led by Professor Ian Charles, currently director of the IFR, the Quadram Institute's mission will be to develop solutions to worldwide challenges in human health, food and disease. Read more.

University of South Florida Partners with Brazilian University
From usforacle.com

USF has partnered with Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (PUCRS) in order to expand research and business opportunities for students.

According to a press release, Tampa and Porto Alegre, where PUCRS is located, have been sister cities since 2013. Because of this, faculty members from both USF and PUCRS were already collaborating on research before the universities' official partnership. 
The College of Pharmacy was the first to be involved with PUCRS, followed by the Colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences, which helped diversify the connection between the universities. 
"When a city signs a sister city agreement, there are multiple dimensions to that," Kiki Caruson, associate professor and assistant vice president for Research, Innovation and Global Affairs at USF, said. "There might be an education component, there might be a trade component; there might be an investment component; there might be a tourism component. So USF agreed to play an important role in developing the educational partnership between the two cities."
The press release said both USF and PUCRS have strengths in health and biological science disciplines. USF's Research Park and PUCRS's TECNOPUC have signed a formal agreement in order to utilize these strengths and increase collaboration on industry and technology transfer. Read More.
No Objections to Trent University's Plan to Build New Research Park on Campus
From thepeterboroughexaminer.com

Trent University's plan to build a new research park on campus is expected to take another small step forward Monday.

Trent has 85 acres of vacant land on campus, and the idea is to allow a cluster of science-based businesses to build there.
It wouldn't happen quickly: It's expected to take 18 months just to service the lands, for instance.
But Trent is working with the city now to make the process easier down the road. In November, council agreed to rezone the lands in advance. Read more.
KAUST Laser-Based Horticultural Technology Could Significantly Benefit Agrifoods Industy
From innovation.kaust.edu.sa

Dr. Boon S. Ooi, a professor of engineering at KAUST, has developed a new laser-based horticultural technology that could significantly benefit the agri-foods industry, especially in places with limited sunlight such as Northern Europe or with limited water/soil and excess sunlight such as Saudi Arabia.
Problems with Existing Technologies
Many agricultural products will not grow well in countries with limited sunlight or that have dry, desert-like conditions that promote evaporation. In such areas, artificial light in indoor settings becomes an important technology for the agri-foods industry.
Current technologies use either fluorescent lighting or LED lighting but both have significant drawbacks. Many light spectra need to be used in one enclosed space, they drain energy (often inefficiently), are difficult/expensive to replace and require cooling systems to maintain optimal temperatures because the numerous lights heat up the whole chamber.
Workers are also frequently required to monitor the lights, make sure they are functioning properly and replace them every 4400 hours or so based on 16 hours per day of usage. Read more.
Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Officially Launches New Startup Program in Waterloo
From fi.com

The Founder Institute, the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching its newest chapter in Waterloo, Ontario. The Silicon-Valley based program decided to officially launch in Waterloo after a successful test launch this Winter 2016 attracted over 100 potential applicants in the city. Read more.
2016 Calendar 
April 11-15th
June 5-6th
San Francisco
September 27-30th
Oklahoma City
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Career Opportunities

Associate Director - University Research Park

University Research Park, in Madison, WI, is embarking on an executive search process to hire an Associate Director, due to the retirement of the incumbent. The Associate Director of the Park serves as the chief operating officer with a particular emphasis on overseeing the park's real estate operations. Reporting to and working closely with the Managing Director, the Associate Director is the point person responsible for overseeing real estate leasing, property management, construction, and real estate development activities.   

Associate General Counsel
KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science & Technology) is seeking to hire two Associate General Counsel positions to join its campus on the Red Sea. Expatriate employees enjoy exceptional packages, including tax-free salaries, relocation allowances, accommodation and additional incentives.
Associate Vice-Principal (Innovation and Partnerships)
McGill University
McGill University is seeking an outstanding individual to lead its innovation and partnership strategy, agenda and operations. McGill is undergoing a process of transformation to become a more open and active partner in the global innovation ecosystem, with a focus on developing channels for broader translation of path-breaking research and novel ideas into solutions benefitting local, national and global society.

Vice President for Research
Kansas State University   

Kansas State University (www.k-state.edu
) in Manhattan, Kansas, seeks an experienced, innovative research strategist to serve as the Vice President for Research (VPR). The nation's first operating landgrant institution, K-State is internationally recognized for excellence in research, scholarly and creative activities, and discovery (RSCAD), undergraduate and graduate education, extension, and outreach.

Learn More About These Opportunities

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