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EMSP company collaborates in international project to develop plastic-free food packaging from langoustine shell waste.

The research and development project called the Celtic Crustacean Collaboration is being led by Argyll based firm, CuanTec Limited, working with the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS).

Both are based at the European Marine Science Park (EMSP) near Oban. They are working with Versatile Packaging in the Republic of Ireland and with Northern Ireland firm, Kilkeel Seafoods.

Over the next three years the project is expected to lead to the creation of up to 13 new jobs in Argyll.

Photo Credit - with thanks to The Oban Times.

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Research & Innovation Chief visits EMSP

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) visited the European Marine Science Park and SAMS on 30 May. He toured the facilities and met academics from the University of the Highlands & Islands partnership and senior managers from Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE).

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Free try out - Co-Working at Malin House 6 June

Businesses are being offered a free day’s trial of flexible hot desk work spaces in three locations in the Highlands and Islands.
Regional development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is making the offer to mark National Co-Working Day on 6 June.
New and start-up companies, not yet ready to invest in an office, will be able to find out how it would feel to join a co-working community where they can share workspace and bounce ideas off like-minded people.
The hot desking venues are The Moorings on Oban’s European Marine Science Park, NEXUS on Inverness Campus and Horizon at the Enterprise Park Forres in Moray.

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University recognises world-renowned marine scientists

Three leading researchers at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) UHI, Oban have received academic promotions from the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Michele Stanley and Finlo Cottier each received the title of Professor, while Claire Gachon has been awarded the title of Reader.

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MAXiMAR study highlights enormous marine economy development potential for Highlands and Islands

Entitled ‘Maximising the Marine Economy in the Highlands and Islands’ (MAXiMAR), the study focuses on supporting the growth of aquaculture, energy and marine biotechnology which are the most highly innovative sectors.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) led the wide-ranging consortium to conduct the study which is known as a science and innovation audit’ (SIA) and is part of a UK Government sponsored series of audits.

Opportunities highlighted in the report include building on the existing research, testing and demonstration infrastructure to meet the needs of the industry, growing innovation in the sector and expanding the skills base, as well as attracting new businesses to the region.

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Scotland's first 'Artic Day' - Inverness Monday 25 March

Organised by the Scottish Government in conjunction with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Arctic Day will provide a free and public forum for debates and knowledge-exchange on the past, present and future of Scottish-Arctic connections.

Scotland-based experts will be joined by a number of international speakers to stimulate discussions on current and future bridges between Scotland and the High North.

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