The Benefits of Banishing the All-Male Panel

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/08/2021 - 10:59

It’s a phenomenon that is seen in all sorts of situations, from comedy panel shows to government summits and medical congresses. In fact, all-male panels are such a common occurrence they’ve even been given their own name: the manel. 

The manel, or its brother the manference, is often a consequence of oversight, rather than a purposeful planning decision. It takes time and effort to ensure a diverse speaker line-up, but broadening the perspectives brought into a discussion creates space for fresh viewpoints and more engaging debates.

Setting Science Based Targets for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Submitted by Beatrice on Thu, 05/08/2021 - 11:55

We are pleased to announce that we’ve now set our targets for greenhouse gas reduction, using the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) framework.  

The SBTi aims to drive ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling companies to set science-based emissions reduction targets. In the case of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) such as us, this has been simplified into a target of 50% reduction in Scopes 1 and 2 emissions, which should for most SMEs be in line with the Paris Accord’s aim of limiting climate change to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.  

Scratching the surface: electrocardiograms and promising cardiac medical devices

Submitted by Jan Ash on Mon, 02/08/2021 - 10:41

Coupled with the technological advances over recent years, significant developments of diagnostic and monitoring platforms have alleviated pressures faced by front line doctors (1). Within the field of cardiology, the ongoing sophistication of medical devices has improved patient quality of life for a range of different cardiovascular-related illnesses such as ischaemic heart disease and hypertensive diseases.

Towards Net Zero

Submitted by Beatrice on Tue, 27/07/2021 - 12:53

The pandemic has meant that we, as a company, haven’t flown anywhere for a year. The result has been a substantial reduction of our carbon footprint, one that we hope to use as a “kick start” to keep further reducing our carbon impact post-pandemic.  

AS&K Grand Reopening

Submitted by Beatrice on Mon, 26/07/2021 - 15:23

Today we reopened our offices in London after almost 18 months. However, our team decided to follow the data not the dates, and just two people came in.  

We don’t blame them. With COVID numbers still high (though starting to come down again) we want everyone to feel safe at work. We are happy for people to continue to work from home for as long as they want to.  

We also know that our people are keen to get back together. A recent poll found the top five things that we’ve missed about actually working together in the office are: 

Tomorrow’s healthcare systems and the preventative care model

Submitted by Jan Ash on Mon, 19/07/2021 - 08:42

Many public healthcare systems are based around a ‘sick care’ model where people seek and receive treatment when they fall ill. With many countries grappling a growing and ageing population (1), there is an increasing overall burden on healthcare systems per capita. One way of managing the growing demands on healthcare systems is a refocusing of resources and treatment towards a ‘preventative care’ model. In such a model, people are treated earlier, before they become ill, and they are assisted in maintaining healthy, active lifestyles.