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Science and engineering holds answers to global health and wellbeing

People across the world are living longer. Between 2015 and 2030, the number of people in the world aged 60 years or over is expected to grow by 56%, from just over 900 million to nearly 1.5 billion. By 2050, the global population of people older than 60 is expected to increase to 2 billion.

As the worldwide population ages, the healthcare systems of every country will face significant
challenges to meet the needs of older people.Countries need to find new and innovative ways to care for the growing number of older people in their populations.

Science and Engineering Empowering Sustainability

It’s not just the aging population that’s a concern, the Food and Agricultural Organization approximates that there are 795 million undernourished people in the world. Agriculture presents its own set of challenges relating to climate change, understanding the interconnection of food, health and the environment, as well as their trade-offs is vital to formulate policies that enable us to achieve food security in a sustainable manner.

Science and Engineering Empowering Sustainability

This issue is also featuring heavily in this week’s news (w/c 1st April 2019).

YES alumni have also generated pioneering ideas to improve global health and wellbeing

Alcoa (University of Manchester) developed a new method of cocoa production from algae.

EctoDecto (University of Nottingham) discovered a library of novel copolymer platforms capable of detecting and treating lice.

Gexoderm (Queen Mary, University of London) formulated a gel containing antibacterial agents and natural proteins accelerating wound healing
by up to 40% and preventing progression to more serious pressure ulcers.

Mind-Tech (University of East Anglia) developed BioDep, the first biological diagnosis kit for depression.

Palm Solutions (NERC GW4+) isolated an enzyme which converts cellulose waste from anaerobic digesters to palmitic acid.

Phycosol (University of Cambridge) developed a novel, extremely long-lasting sunscreen compound that is sustainably derived from algae.

SporeDeTech (East Malling Research) invented a novel in-field fungal detector for early detection of wheat fungal pathogens.

Engage in YES19 and innovate too

At the Health and wellbeing workshop, hosted at the University of Manchester Innovation Centre, teams of entrepreneurial scientists and engineers will be coming up with novel ideas to resolve societal challenges of the modern age by focusing on:

  • diagnostic tests and
    medical devices
  • global food security
  • health and wellbeing
    through diet
  • healthy ageing
  • optimising processes and managing waste
  • safer and more sustainable supply chains
Find out more about #YES19

Young Entrepreneurs Scheme

  • Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Nottingham University Business School
  • Jubilee Campus
  • Nottingham, NG8 1BB