Exhibition of fascinating images will explain research and its impact on the world

Our researchers will explain their work through a series of images which will be exhibited in the city later this month. 

The Images of Research public exhibition is being held at The Octagon in Milsom Place in central Bath on Saturday 12 May & Sunday 13 May from 10.30am to 16.30pm. 

The popular exhibition, organised by the Researcher Development Unit and sponsored by the University's EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Account, aims to explain research that takes place at the University through the use of eye-catching images. 

This year the theme of the exhibition is Research in Your World and entrants were set the challenge of showing images that depict research that has relevance to everyone’s world.  

They were asked to do this by explaining how their research relates to the world we know – this could be in an obvious way or indirectly through the society or environment in which we live. 

As well as an image, each entrant provided a short written summary alongside it, that explains their research. 

Professor Jane Millar, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Bath, said: “Every year the Images of Research competition grows both in popularity and in the number of entries we receive from our researchers. 

“It is a fantastic way of demonstrating the important work that takes place here at Bath and the impact that it has. The enthusiasm and excitement of researchers really comes across in these images and words.” 

All of the entries were displayed at a preview exhibition held at the University last night. 

Come Rain or Shine by Dr Melina Freitag

They were judged by Professor Millar, the University’s Director of Marketing & Communications Tim Kaner and Sophie Duncan, Deputy Director of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). 

Sophie said: “It is becoming increasingly important for researchers to engage with the public. The Images of Research competition is a brilliant way for researchers to start that journey – providing intimate insights into their world, and inviting people to find out more.” 

Three winners were chosen on the night. The overall winner was Dr Melina Freitag from the Department of Mathematical Sciences who impressed judges with her work titled Come Rain or Shine. 

Her image was a montage of pictures she has taken of different weather conditions at the University campus, while her abstract explained how collaboration between the Met Office and researchers in the Department helps to improve the weather forecast by finding better and faster techniques to solve the mathematical equations that describe the dynamics of the atmosphere. 

Dr Richard Burke from the Department of Mechanical Engineering won the ‘Best Abstract’ category for his description of turbochargers and Hannah Family from the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology won the ‘Best Image’ category for her illustration of the thoughts within the brain of a community pharmacist. 

Dr Freitag said: “I have an interest in photography and had lots of pictures on my computer that I had taken over the last few years so I thought this competition would be a good way to combine my research and my hobby. I think it is important to tell people what we do here at Bath and this is a good way to do it.” 

Another further overall winner will be selected by the public, who will have the opportunity to vote at the public exhibition. 

The images from previous years can be viewed on line here, and the 2012 entries will be posted on the site in time for the public exhibition.

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