This year, we rocketed into 2016 with our second Research Rocket event.
Taking place in the East Building lecture theatre (on campus), the audience were treated to an evening with our researchers from the Faculties of Science, Engineering & Design, Humanities & Social Sciences and the School of Management.
Through a course of quick fire presentations, they were challenged to sum up in five minutes or less their research and the impact it has in the real-world.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Jonathan Knight said “The Research Rocket made it absolutely clear why the research being done at Bath is important. The series of excellent talks, slickly presented in a rapid-fire format, made for an entertaining and informative trip across some of the research strengths of the University.”
From space weather to biological weapons, fibre optics explained with bubbles, to optimising the national blood supply chain, our researchers are truly conducting fascinating and world-changing research.
“It was a fantastic forum for sharing good practice and contained outstanding examples of the long-term nature of research impact. Above all, it was inspirational, and a great reminder of why we all love doing research.”
The event was aimed at anyone with an interest in discovery and innovation.
On Thursday we saw 18 Bath PhD students present their thesis in just three minutes during the first heat of the Bath Three Minute Thesis competition.
All three faculties and the School of Management entered the competition, and the level of the talks was fantastic.
Two candidates from each of the faculties and one from the School of Management will now be taken forward to the Bath final, to be held on 23 March 2016 at Bath Brewhouse, from 6pm.
The finalists will also be given the opportunity to do presentation training, and to write a piece for The Conversation about their research.
Congratulations to all those who spoke and good luck to our finalists!
We've just closed the entries for Bath's Three Minute Thesis competition, with over 30 of our PhD students set to take part in faculty level heats next Thursday.
The students entered are from all four faculties/school, and ahve a wide range of research interests.
Please do come along and support them - the day is open for all and will also be a great insight to PhD life for any of our undergraduates currently considering research study.
The following sessions will take place at the Graduate Centre, on level 2 of 4 West, directly opposite the entrance to the 4 West cafe. You may attend either one, or both:
10am - 12:45pm: Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering & Design
2pm - 4:00pm: School of Management and Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
We hope to see you there!
Hello all! A very happy new year from the Research Marketing Team - we hope you had a lovely Christmas break.
We're gearing up to a busy few weeks, with a number of great projects on the go. To start with we're carrying out our biannual review of research marketing activity for University Research Committee, looking at central activities and those being carried out by teams across the university.
Then on the 28th January we have the faculty level heats of Three Minute Thesis - a PhD level competition which asks entrants to present their thesis in just three minutes to a non-specialist audience.
On the 3 February the University's second Research Rocket event is due to take place, and we're just finalising speakers and getting everything ready for that. We're having fewer speakers this time, with a little for time allowed for each, and are focusing on projects that are likely to be taken forward as REF case studies in 2020.
Finally (although there is plenty more going on...!) talking about REF2020, we're really busy in the final stages of sorting through spreadsheets of projects that have been put together by Associate Deans for Research. We're working with the impact team in RIS and a number of other support services to assess where our work could benefit projects on the spreadsheets, and how we can help them achieve more impact. We'll be working on these projects really closely over the next four or so years, so this is the start of a fairly long-term piece of work and one we're pretty excited about.
So - there will be a lot more coming from us soon, but happy New Year to you all and we wish you an exciting and productive 2016!
It’s the International Year of Light, and what better way to commemorate it than by recreating the experiment which led William Herschel to infrared radiation. Our very own Jim Stone, from the Department of Physics was asked to reconstruct Herschel’s experiment for a three part BBC 4 series entitled “Colour: The spectrum of science” airing on November 18th. Check out his diary of the day here: colour: the spectrum of science
“The experiment would take place in the Herschel museum, or more specifically, in the kitchen. I’m not sure what I really expected from the crew as we met bleary eyed that morning (we started at 6am) to set up. With hindsight, obviously a cameraman and sound recordist who make their livings out of optics and acoustics are going to be curious and quite capable when it comes to physics. Especially on a science documentary.
"Herschel had made his infrared discovery when he noticed the coloured optical filters he was using to observe sunlight seemed to also pass different amounts of heat. He wondered if different colours had different temperatures so using a prism to disperse sunlight, he laid out several thermometers in the spectrum and a control one just outside the red edge. It was the unexpected result of the control thermometer showing the largest change that lead Herschel to conclude that there was light beyond the red edge of the spectrum which we could not see.
"Back in 2015, and under very creative direction, the kitchen was set up as it would have been when in the late eighteenth century. Windows were blocked out and beeswax candles were lit, then, on the table in the centre, the brilliant beam of white light emerging from the supercontinuum (we modernised the sunlight source somewhat) and striking a prism sending a bright spectrum across the table to a series of neatly laid out thermometers looked fantastic. With everything now ready the sound recordist muttered the words everyone was longing to hear, “fancy a bacon sandwich?”
"After breakfast our presenter arrived. I rather naively thought someone would have scripted everything, but no, “I’m going to need a few minutes to work out what to say” says UCL physicist Helen Czersky, and then straight into filming.
"I have no idea how long we spent there, I think I left my perception of time fast asleep in bed that morning. Different shots, different angles, different lines all looking and sounding great. As we were getting the last few gratuitously arty shots we were given the nod to pack up in time for the museum opening. Soon all the equipment was cleared and eighteenth century kitchenware again occupied the space.
"Emerging from our supercontinuum/candle light illuminated Georgian time warp into the midday sun felt dreamlike, but I also felt very satisfied. If the series is half as good as it seemed it would be to me that day then it will be well worth watching."
Let us know in the comments below if you watch Jim, and make sure you check out the rest of the series too - starting on 4 November.
Our Department of Physics have been busy creating spectroscopes on the streets of Bath as part of the International Year of Light.
The team set up a marquee in the popular shopping area of South Gate over the weekend and taught passers by about optical fibres and how to make their own spectroscopes.
A busy day from 8am-6:30pm, the day had some great feedback with school teachers wanting to copy the demonstration for their school activities and one 11 year old girl was so enthusiastic that she got her brother over to do the whole show for him herself.
Plans now turn to the rest of the year so keep your eyes peeled for Physics popping up on the Parade!
The research marketing team has moved house this week - we're no longer in the East Building!
You can now find us on Level 4 of Wessex House, where we're sharing an office with our colleagues from the Press team, Student recruitment team, Public Engagement unit and the Internal communications team. Next door to u s is the Digital Team, so we're now all really close.
Pop up and say hello when you have a minute and we'll show you around!
- Maree and Katrina
Maree and I got to pose with the Rugby World Cup when it visited the University of Bath this week at the start of its tour of the west country.
Behind the fun, however, we are actually busy working with rugby researchers Grant Trewartha and Keith Stokes as they prepare to host a major World Rugby conference in advance of this autumn's world cup.
The two-day event - which takes place over Tuesday 15 - Wednesday 16 September, two days before England kick off their campaign against Fiji at Twickenham - will bring together world experts with coaching staff and players, to look at how research can be applied to improve player safety and performance in the sport.
Find out more about the conference, or explore Bath's research which resulted in the 'crouch, bind, set' scrum laws now in place for all international games.
I just wanted to add a quick post about an event we ran this week - the Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT.
You might have already heard of the event. Its been going for some years, born out of the University of Queensland in Australia, and replicated by institutions around the world. This was our first year of running the competition here at Bath, and I really didn't know what to expect.
Billboards that produce clean drinking water, leaflets with chips in which interact with posters, interactive games which compare you to the rest of the country, and video selfies are just some of the creative ideas which came out of the 'Giving Higher Education the Digital Edge' event held by VeInteractive in London earlier this month.