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Workshop themes / challenges

For each of the themed workshops, you will be competing in a group of between six and eight teams. One team will be selected to progress to the Final.

Bioscience and environmental science

For those attending this workshop, ideas should fall into one of the following themes:

  • animal health;
  • bioenergy;
  • crop science;
  • environmental change and hazards;
  • global food security;
  • healthy and safe food;
  • industrial biotechnology;
  • lifelong health and wellbeing;
  • natural resources;
  • soil science and agri-systems; and
  • synthetic biology.
Cows at The University of Nottingham Sutton Bonington campus farm


This workshop is hosted by GSK and Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst. For those attending, ideas should fall into one of the following themes:

  • drug delivery;
  • new tools for therapies;
  • drug discovery;
  • diagnostic tests and medical devices; 
  • healthy ageing; and
  • diet and health.
Spilled capsules from prescription bottle

Industry strategy challenges

This workshop will be hosted at the Innovation Park, Nottingham. For those attending, ideas should fall into one of the following themes:

  • battery technology;
  • manufacturing medicines to speed up patient access;
  • clean energy technologies;
  • using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve productivity of industry and public services;
  • robotic systems to be deployed in extreme environments such as offshore energy, nuclear energy, space and deep mining;
  • satellites and space technologies;
  • development of the next generation of AI and control systems for driverless cars;
  • quantum technologies in areas such as sensors, communications and enhanced imaging; and
  • lightweight composite materials for aerospace, automotive and other advanced manufacturing sectors.
v|tome|x L and FANUC robotic arm

Plant, microbial and environmental

This workshop is hosted by Syngenta. For those attending, ideas should fall into one of the following themes:

  • improving biodiversity in a farmed landscape;
  • more effective disease management;
  • reducing usage of water, fertilisers, chemical inputs;
  • sustainable food production;
  • more effective pest control;
  • sustainable liquid fuel production; and
  • technologies transferable to smallholder farmers.
Measuring photosynthesis/plant stem (chlorophyll fluorescence) on rice


Young Entrepeneurs Scheme

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