Presenting at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival7th June 2013
It was a great pleasure to have been invited to speak at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival 2013. I took part in a panel session exploring the background and future possibilities of Energy Harvesting with Dr Paul Mitcheson and heart surgeon Sukumaran Nair. In the presentation to a sold-out crowd of 100 members of the general public, I gave an overview of the motivation for energy harvesting, and spoke about some of our recent EPSRC funded research in the area. It was a very enjoyable experience, and the session seemed to be very well received with many interesting discussions with attendees afterwards.
Dr Merrett presenting at the Times Cheltenham Science Fair
I was walking amongst giants, as other speakers at this year's Science Fair included Professor Peter Higgs, the man who the recently discovered Higgs particle is named after! Further information on my appearance can be found on one of ECS' news articles.
The Times Cheltenham Science Festival is a six-day celebration of science, engineering and the arts aimed solely at the general public. It is widely acclaimed as the UK's leading science festival and is renowned for its creative programming. It aims to present a broad range of science and scientific issues in an exciting and engaging environment - through a variety of formats including debates, panel discussions, single speaker talks, interactive workshops and exhibitions. The Festival continues to grow each year, with 39,000 tickets issued in 2012 and 17,000 visitors at free exhibitions and events.
"Cheltenham is really the gold standard for science festivals"
- Professor Lord Winston
"The Cheltenham Science Festival is, without doubt, the premier science festival in the country because it is supported by pretty much everyone who cares about promoting science in Britain"
- Professor Brian Cox
For more information, click here.
Research Featured in New Scientist12th September 2013
Our research into the use of smartphones to for biodiversity monitoring has been featured in New Scientist.
The New Forest Cicada is the only cicada native to the UK and, having not been seen for many years, is at great danger of becoming extinct. One of my PhD students, Davide Zilli, is investigating whether or not the millions of annual visitors to the New Forest National Park can be turned into mobile biodiversity sensors, using the smartphones that they carry with them.
"Biologists lik... [more]
Press Coverage for Instrumented Crutches14th November 2010
My research on instrumented forearm crutches received a fantastic amount of press coverage and public interest. A selection of the online coverage that it received, at least that which I have spotted, is listed below:
BBC News Website
BBC South Today [Video]
Local BBC news for the South of England
The Daily Mail - Download PDF
British tabloid newpaper
The Southern Daily Echo
The Chartered Society of Physiothera... [more]