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Images of Research

Our researchers are encouraged to promote their work in many ways.

Images of Research is a public exhibition held in Bath, where researchers explain their work using just an image and short description, giving an insight to our wide range of research activity that makes a difference to society and produces real benefits.

Images of Research is organised by the Public Engagement Unit. For further information please contact Ed Stevens, Public Engagement Officer.

Researchers discuss why they entered the competition.


See all images and descriptions on Flickr.

We asked our research staff, postgraduate students and academics to submit an image and associated description that shows why their research matters.

The winners

All entries were turned into A1 posters and displayed at the "Engage: Public Engagement in Practice" event on Wednesday 11 May. See photos from the event

Best overall entry

In this category, we were looking for entries where the description and image interact in such a way as to enhance both and that clearly communicate the relevance of the research to the public.

Winner: Tiago Fortunato, Dr Paul De Bank, Dr Giordano Pula (Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology) for Touch base

Highly Commended: Caroline Hickman (Department of Social & Policy Sciences) for Dogs don’t lie about love

Best image

In this category, we were looking for entries where the images really drew us in, that enticed us to want to know more, and that were of high quality.

Winner: Jamie Francis-Jones and Thomas Wright (Department of Physics) for DNA of an optical fibre

Highly Commended: Ammar Azzouz (Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering) for Hand versus Machine?

Best description

In this category, we were looking for entries that contained clear, non-technical, plain English that really gripped the reader as to the relevance of the research.

Winner: Dr Emma Williams (School of Management) for Focusing on our defences

Highly commended: Dr Cassandra Phoenix (Department for Health) for It makes me feel so alive

Public vote

Members of the public voted for their favourite posters while they were on display in the gallery spaces in The Edge from 11 - 24 May. 254 votes were cast.

Winner: Caroline Hickman (Department of Social & Policy Sciences) for Dogs don't lie about love

Runner up: Dr Giovanna Mencarelli (Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology) for A tailored shoe

The winners

Our winners were announced at a preview event in The Edge on Wednesday 13 May 2015. See photos from the event.

Best overall entry

Winner: Dr William Wadsworth (Department of Physics) — Twinkle, twinkle, little dot...

Highly commended: Professor Michael Beverland (School of Management) — Is your diet sustainable?

Best image

Winner: Professor James Copestake and Fiona Remnant (Department of Social & Policy Sciences) and Wolf Ellis (University of Bath partner Evidence for Development) — Questioning the straw man

Highly commended: Dr Eshrar Latif (Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering) — Don’t be deceived by appearances!

Best description

Winner: Professor Mark Weller (Department of Chemistry) — Reflections on light

Highly commended: Renske Visser (Department of Social & Policy Sciences) — Home is where I die

See the images in Bath

These winners, alongside another 6 voted for by preview event attendees, will be shown as part of the Bath Festival of Nature on Saturday 27 June, where the public will be able to vote for their favourite.

Images of Research provides researchers from postgraduate level upwards the chance to tell people about their research through an eye-catching image, and an associated plain English narrative.

The competition is open to Research Staff, Postgraduate Research Students and Academics at the University of Bath.

The winners

Our 2014 winners were announced at our preview evening on 9 May by Judges Professor Veronica Hope-Hailey (Dean, School of Management), Savita Custead (Chief Executive, Bristol Natural History Consortium) and Arran Hodgson (Fringe Arts Bath Festival).

Best overall

Dr Jonathan Cox (Department of Chemistry) - Avid fan

Highly commended

Dr Rita Chawla-Duggan (Department of Education) & Dr Susan Milner (Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies) - Why fathers matter

Best image

Wing Sin Chiu, Dr M Begona Delgadoa-Charro, Professor Richard H Guy (Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology) and Professor Gareth J price (Department of Chemistry) - A close look at the nail

Highly commended

Dr Matt Roberts (Department of Mathematical Sciences) - Sort it out!

Best narrative

Dr John Troyer (Department of Social & Policy Sciences) - I see dead people

Highly commended

Dr Tim Gamble & Dr Ian Walker (Department of Psychology) - Making cycling safer

2013 marked the fifth year of our Images of Research competition. Researchers from across the University submitted an image and accompanying narrative that captures a theme relevant to their research.

The theme, Research Matters, shows the progression of their research, and the difference it makes to society, economy, other research and global challenges.

The winners

Our 2013 winners were announced at our preview evening on 7 May by Judges Prof. Jane Millar (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research); Dr Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy at HEFCE; and Philip Raby, Director of the Bath Film Festival.

Best overall
Dr Jonathan Cox: Phantom Nose

Best image
Dr Mark Greco: 3-D beehive

Best narrative
Lisa Fitzgerald, Professor Tony Miles, Dr Sabina Gheduzzi and Tim Holsgrove: Modelling the human knee

2012's theme was 'Research in Your World'. We set our researchers the challenge of showing images that depicted research that has relevance to our world.  Alongside each image, our researchers explained how their research relates to our world either in an obvious way or indirectly through the society or environment in which we live.

The winners

Our 2012 winners were announced at a preview evening on 2 May by Judges Prof. Jane Millar (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research), Sophie Duncan (Deputy Director, NCCPE) and Tim Kaner (Director of Marketing and Communications).

Best overall
Come rain or shine... - Dr Melina Freitag
Read article on Melina's winning entry

Best image
Hannah Family, Dr Jane Sutton and Professor Marjorie Weiss: The overloaded brain of a community pharmacist?
Read article on Hannah's winning entry

Best abstract
Dr Richard Burke: Hidden Details
Read article on Richard's winning entry

Highly commended
Dr Chris Ashwin: Reading the love in a face

The public also voted for their favourite images.

1st place

Dr Melina Freitag: Come rain or shine...

2nd place

Tori Hammond: Alzheimer's disease and the ageing brain

2011's theme was 'Collaboration & Partnership'.  Each image, with its description, represents research that involves a collaboration that is Interdisciplinary, International,  or with Private or Public Sector partners.

The Winners

Judges Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Luke Smith of Aardman Animations and Katharine Barker, Press and Publications Officer, chose as competition winners:

Best overall entry:
Jonathan Bawcombe: Home Grown Douglas-Fir 

Best image:
Joe Kinrade: Sledge Lima Refuel on the Sea Ice

Best abstract:
Dr Megan Chawansky: Playing for the Same Team

The images were displayed in Bath City Centre and attracted over 320 visitors, who were asked to vote for their favourite image. The winners of the public vote were:

Public vote 1st place (joint winners):

Glavije Amirjamshidi: Loss of heritage: inevitable or preventable?
Robert Burnside: Great Bustard Reintroduction

Public vote 2nd place (joint winners):

Dr Mark Brosnan: Emotion as Perceived by Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dr Toby Jenkins: Intelligent Nanotechnology Enabled Dressings for Burnt Children

2010's theme was 'Impact'. Each image, with its description, represents the impact of the research on either the Economy, Society or the Environment.

The winners

Judges Professor Bernie Morley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, Adrian Whyle of Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network and Katharine Barker, Press and Publications Officer, chose as competition winners:

Best abstract
Dr Aki Salo: All SET before BANG

Best photograph, Impact on Environment
Francis Moran: Window shutter by day

Best photograph, Impact on Economy
Dr Fetah Benabid: Photonic microcell, several lasers in one

Best photograph, Impact on Society
Dr Domenico Regonini: Entering the Nano-World: Titanium Dioxide Nanotubes

Visitors' favourite photographs were:

1st place
Francis Moran: Window shutter by day

2nd place
Dr Alan Reid: Kia Ora Frog

3rd place
Dr Mary Hayden: Building Bridges Between Divided Communities

2009's exhibition took place at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. Researchers and staff spent the day mingling with members of the public, explaining and discussing their research.

The winners

Judges Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Anne Goodman, Vitae South West & Wales Hub Manager and Katharine Barker, Press and Publications Officer, chose as competition winners:

Best image
Chris Mundell: Collapse of a dry stone retaining wall

Best abstract
Kerry Day: Ghostly Clouds

Members of the public and the exhibitors themselves also voted:

Public vote
Andreas Kyprianou: View from a mathematical discussion

Exhibitors' vote
Dr Kelly Teamey: Young Pakistani girls in their new school outside Karachi