Published: 05 July 2016

Celebrating research impact at Surrey

Showcasing the University’s research success – from foundational work to practical applications – FEPS held its first Festival of Research on 28 June.

Themed on ‘From Theory into Practice’, the event welcomed over 100 researchers and academic staff from departments across the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (FEPS), along with guests from external organisations including NPL (National Physical Laboratory). A lively day packed with presentations, panel discussions and exhibitions, the Festival was aimed at fostering networking and interaction across the disciplines, and opening up new opportunities for collaboration.

Taking the stage for keynote speeches were Surrey’s new Vice-Chancellor Professor G Q Max Lu and Professor Muffy Calder OBE of the University of Glasgow, who was named 21st most influential woman in Scotland in 2011. In his opening speech, Professor Lu outlined Surrey’s position within world-leading universities and its contribution to research impact in many different spheres of life. Professor Calder spoke about her personal research journey, describing how her own work in mathematical modelling for communicating systems has taken theoretical research into practical application.

The Festival gave delegates the chance to hear presentations on three cross-cutting sessions: technology touching life, sustainability, and future electronics and photonics. These presentations highlighted the impact Surrey’s research has brought in diverse areas – from the investigation of cell electro-analysis for the early diagnosis of cancer to the development of a new class of photonic materials which could greatly reduce the energy used in large data centres.

Another highlight of the Festival was a competition which challenged researchers and academics across the University to give the audience a three-minute ‘research snapshot’.

FEPS’ Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) Professor Steve Schneider, who hosted the meeting, said, “I’m delighted that today’s talks and panels conveyed the excitement and energy of our vibrant research culture within FEPS. Thanks to all our speakers for their highly engaging talks that made today’s event a success.”

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