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.
Teng and Sei Ping Present Research17th March 2015
Today marked the 10th anniversary of the Coventry-Southampton research exchange visits, which we started back in 2005 (when I was a PhD student!). Since their inital beginnings, these visits have broadened to also incorporate research going on at Cambridge University. The purpose of the visits is to share research on pervasive systems in an informal environment, and give research students an opportunity to get experience presenting their work and to receive friendly feedback and advice from an e... [more]
Davide Wins Faculty 3-Minute-Thesis Competition4th March 2015
Congratulations go to Davide Zilli, who won first-place at the Faculty round of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. He competed against 9 other excellent candidates. He now goes forward to the University-round of the competition in early-May.
His talk, titled 'Monitoring endangered wildlife with Smartphones,' was on the topic of his PhD research, investigating the use of bioacoustics for smartphone-powered citizen science. In particular, the New Forest Cicada is the only cicada native ... [more]