Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Successful 8th annual Summer Showcase: talks, panel discussions, polls, ignite talks and more

Thu Jul 13 11:15:00 BST 2017

News_Summer_ShowcaseOn 10 and 11 July, the CSCT Summer Showcase brought together over 200 academics, students and industrial representatives from around the world – all with an interest in this year's theme of circular economy. The conference was held in the East Building of University of Bath and organised by the PhD students of EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies.

The conference programme was split into our four research themes:  Renewable Feedstocks & BiotechnologyHealthcare TechnologiesProcesses & Manufacturing and  Energy & Water. The two days included talks, panel discussions, ignite talks, flash presentations and an alumni event. The speakers varied from CSCT students and academics to industrial representatives and international visitors from the Netherlands, Berlin, Australia, Singapore  and South Africa. 

This year's theme of circular economy encouraged the attendees to address today‚Äôs challenges and share their latest research. A new development to this year's event was the live audience polls. During the panel discussions, the attendees were asked to take part in answering debatable questions around each of our research themes. See results below:  


To highlight our engagement beyond the university, the students put together a Public Engagement showcase during the Conference Reception and we had the pleasure of hearing from Professor Bruce Hood, an experimental psychologist who specialises in developmental cognitive neuroscience.

An Alumni event was organised where six of our graduates presented their career journeys and gave our current students a chance to discuss potential internship options and career paths.

CSCT Co-director and Head of Chemical Engineering department, Professor Tim Mays, presented the MRes Research prize to Isabella Poli for her academic excellence during her MRes year; and he also presented the Whorrod prize to Felix Abeln recognising the excellence of his research project. Our attendees also voted for the best poster prize at Summer Showcase, which was won by Emma Sackville, and the best MRes poster prize went to Emily Taylor. 

Thanks to the organising student committee: Isabella Poli and Caitlin Taylor (co-chairs), Ria Atri, Bethan Charles, Jamie Courtenay, Vicky De Groof, Jinghui Liang, Jessica Pinheiro de Lucena, Leyorla Ohene-Yeboah, Miriam Regue, Alison Ryder, Daniel Scott, Natalie Sims, Hannah Sullivan, Matthew Surman, Isabel Thomlinson, Josh Tibbetts and Serife Ustener.

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View photos from the conference.

Highlights of the conference can be found on our twitter @csctbath or #csct17

For more information, please contact:

Rubina Kalra
Digital Communications Co-ordinator
Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies 

e-mail: R.Kalra@bath.ac.uk
Tel: 01225 385827