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RIN holds regular informative events for academic, research and support staff. Please check back regularly to see the new events which will be listed here with further details.


We can also provide bespoke presentations and training on, for example, effective grant applications; open access; IP; consultancy; research impact, and ethics for:

  • Groups of academics or staff within specific Schools or departments
  • Faculty leadership teams
  • Faculty Research Exec members
  • Research centres.

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Thyngs ‘Disruptor’ Lunch

On Wednesday 29 January Dr Neil Garner CEO and founder of Thyngs gave a fascinating insight into his business.

With guests from across UEA and the Norwich Research Park in attendance, the lunch time event, which is intended to be the first in a new series of ‘Disruptor Lunches’, gave staff the opportunity to learn more about Thyngs and its current usage. The talk facilitated a lot of interesting questions and conversations surrounding the possible applications of Thyngs at UEA.

Thyngs utilises already existing smartphone technology to turn physical objects into things that can be interacted with via a chip or sticker. This interaction can facilitate various functions from checking into events to acting as a digital loyalty card. Thyngs also has the ability to turn these objects into a point of sale, negating the need for tills or other payment terminals. It allows people to pay for items or make charitable donations.

Thyngs has already worked with numerous local businesses and charities including Big C and Break, as well as global brands such as RBS and Macmillan Cancer Research. Thyngs also has an active presence in Asia and New York.

Thyngs featured as part of the ‘Disruptors’ series, a joint video project with Archant, UEA and the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor. The series focuses on pioneering and boundary-breaking companies from across the region. There is evidence of disruptive innovation across a wide range of sectors including agriculture, bioscience, finance, health, heritage and retail and this series highlights this.   

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