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17 June 2011 | PR 11/72

New research centre to launch at University sustainability event

A new research centre which examines how businesses can continue to thrive despite adversity will be launched at a Loughborough University event next month.

The new Centre for Organisational Resilience (COR) – based at the University’s School of Business and Economics – will research sustainable systems that help organisations innovate and adapt to complex new challenges.

The new centre is being launched at an event which focuses on the many ways that sustainability affects the world of business and commerce.  Business leaders and experts from across the University will be sharing their knowledge at Profit from Sustainability, which takes place on Friday, July 15.

The event will include presentations by Coca Cola, E.ON, Manchester Airports Group, Santander and Loughborough University’s leading researchers.

One of these workshops will be run by Dr Samir Dani and Professor Kevin Daniels, leader of the Centre for Organisational Resilience, who will be outlining the new centre’s holistic approach to organisational resilience.

Event organiser Dr Kelly Manders said: “The new centre is just one of the ways in which the sustainability challenge is being met by University research.

“In today’s challenging economic climate, sustainability is at the heart of every successful business.

“With a stimulating and diverse programme of workshops and excellent networking opportunities, Profit from Sustainability will appeal to senior decision-makers and opinion leaders in organisations from all sectors.’’

Profit from Sustainability takes place at Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

To register and take advantage of an early bird rate of £100, go to: www.lboro.ac.uk/enterprise/sustainability or email profitfromsustainability@lboro.ac.uk

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Sarah Hall
Marketing and Communications Officer
Enterprise Office
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228684
E: S.Hall@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

1.  About Profit from Sustainability
Loughborough University is hosting Profit from Sustainability in parallel with the UK Corporate Games, Europe's largest corporate multisports festival, which runs from July 14 to 17.

Former Arsenal and Scotland goalkeeper and Loughborough University alumni Bob Wilson OBE will be the event’s key note speaker.  Bob Wilson is a Trustee and Founder of the UK Corporate Games’ official charity, the Willow Foundation that provides special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds.

Attendees will have the chance to take a ride in Intelligent Energy's fuel cell electric Black Cab - a zero emissions vehicle with a practical range and rapid refuelling, whose development is underpinned by technology which has its origins at Loughborough University.

They will also be able to view first hand award-winning Pavegen technology developed by Loughborough graduate Laurence Kemball-Cook. The pioneering flooring product converts kinetic energy from footsteps into electricity to power street lighting, advertising and information displays.

2.  About Loughborough University
Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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