7th Annual Research Conference 2017

'Communicating our research', our 7th Annual Research Conference, took place on the 10 May 2017 at the Chelmsford campus.

Over 100 delegates joined together to showcase and celebrate the research being undertaken by our Faculty. One of the highlights was our keynote speaker, Dr Chris Tyler, Director of the UK’s Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). His presentation was titled ‘Parliament, democracy and science’ and, taking Brexit into account, explored the role of the UK Parliament and its function in our modern democracy, reflecting on how scientific evidence is used in our national legislature.

Our popular 10 and 3 minute talks took place again this year presented by a mixture of academic colleagues and PhD researchers. A diverse array of research areas and projects were discussed followed by Q&A sessions.

A new event took place this year - a panel Q&A session, chaired by Dr Chris Foulds. The theme was ‘Trump & May: How to make research great again’, which incited a lively discussion between panel members, Dr Chris Tyler, Mr John Danvers, Ms Lucy Gonzalez, Dr Fred Sherratt, and the audience.

Poster prizes were awarded by our Vice Chancellor Prof Iain Martin. Congratulations to our winners: Md Mahmudul Hasan with his poster ‘Let me be: a gamified app to choose STEM careers’, Leandros Kaminas with his poster titled ‘Non-destructive investigation of knee ligament material properties’, and Dr Javaid Butt presenting ‘A novel additive manufacturing process for the production of metal parts’.