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The Growth, Rural Resilience and Innovation Network (GRRaIN) at Aberystwyth University present an online event:

Mid Wales: Driving a sustainable economy

7pm – 8.30pm

April the 6th 2022

Online: Zoom


Adrian Watson, Head of School, Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)

Rebecca Charnock, Industrial Research Development Manager, AberInnovation


In this webinar, we will hear about the forward-thinking ways in which AberInnovation and the Centre of Alternative Technology are playing their part in developing a sustainable business and innovation hub in mid Wales and beyond.

You will hear first-hand from our speakers on how rural businesses can access lots of support, funding and collaborative opportunities whilst increasing your awareness on sustainability and the circular economy sector.

If you are a company or an organisation who’s looking for advice, business support, guidance on becoming more sustainable, or you’re just intrigued by the offering provided by centres such as AberInnovation or CAT, this is the webinar for you. 


Adrian Watson, Head of School, Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), will be speaking about the skill gaps that need to be met for a sustainable future in Mid Wales.

He started as Head of School at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in May 2018. CAT is an educational charity dedicated to researching and communicating positive solutions for environmental change. His research experience is as an environmental chemist specialising in the assessment of air quality and its impacts such as health, particularly at urban and indoor scales. He has collaborated with organisations and institutions in both the UK and overseas including the NHS and Institut Technologi Bandung, Indonesia.

Rebecca Charnock, Industrial Research Development Manager, AberInnovation, will discuss the latest areas of research and exciting new developments and their advances towards supporting a circular and more sustainable economy. AberInnovation provides world-leading facilities and expertise within the biotechnology, agri-tech, and food and drink sectors. Rebecca manages a network of stakeholders in industry, facilitating their access to facilities, expertise and funding to support companies to deliver innovative products and services in feed, food and fuel. Rebecca has previously worked in Aberystwyth University for over 10 years facilitating collaborations between industry and academia including work as a Knowledge Exchange Fellow supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult and UK Space Agency. More recently her role has involved the development of the National Spectrum Centre co-located with AberInnovation. In addition to extensive business development experience, she has over 20 years of experience in research working in a number of areas including environmental monitoring, remote sensing, GIS, and plant breeding.

The online webinar will be in English. Please note that the Zoom link will be emailed to you in the confirmation email and 24 hours before the event. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

For further information on this online event, please contact [email protected]

This event is organised the Growth, Rural Resilience and Innovation Network at Aberystwyth University. Twitter: @GRRaIN_ 


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Rhwydwaith Twf, Gwydnwch Gwledig ac Arloesi

Mae Prifysgol Aberystwyth yn ymfalchïo mewn cael ei hystyried yn sefydliad entrepreneuraidd, ymchwil ac addysgu. Mae strwythur sefydliadol y Brifysgol yn arwain at waith rhagorol mewn perthynas ag ymgysylltu â busnesau, entrepreneuriaeth a sgiliau.

Mae GRRaIN yn rhoi llwyfan i weithgareddau menter arddangos yr hyn sydd gan Aberystwyth i’w gynnig. Yn wahanol i ganolfannau entrepreneuriaeth generig, mae gan GRRaIN y gwahaniaeth o ran arlwyo ar gyfer mentrau gwledig neu fentrau sy’n canolbwyntio ar ardaloedd gwledig. Bydd GRRaIN yn trosglwyddo gwybodaeth ac arfer gorau i’r busnesau gwledig hyn ac yn darparu cyfleoedd ar gyfer hyfforddiant.


Growth, Rural Resilience and Innovation Network

Aberystwyth University prides itself on being regarded as an entrepreneurial, research and teaching institution. The organisational structure of the University results in some excellent work in relation to business engagement, entrepreneurship and skills.  

GRRaIN provides enterprise activities with a platform to showcase what Aberystwyth has to offer. Unlike generic entrepreneurship hubs, Aberystwyth’s GRRaIN has the distinction of catering for rural based or rural focussed enterprises. GRRaIN will transfer knowledge and best practice to these rural businesses and provide opportunities for training. 

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