Images of Research winners highlight breadth and diversity of research
Winners for this year’s Images of Research competition, arranged by our Public Engagement Unit, were announced yesterday at a packed event at The Edge that showcased the strength and diversity of research taking place across the University.
50 entries were submitted for this year’s competition – the highest ever received – from 14 academic departments and from right across the academic spectrum – from postgraduate researcher through to Professor.
The judging panel, which included Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Peter Morters, Head of our Department of Mathematical Sciences, and Louise Campion, from the Holbourne Museum, selected winners by three categories: Best Image, Best Description and Best Overall Entry.
UPDATE - The public vote closed 24 May. A total of 254 votes were cast with the results as follows:
Public Vote Winner
- Winner: Caroline Hickman, Department of Social & Policy Sciences for Dogs don’t lie about love
- Dr Giovanna Mencarelli, Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology for A tailored shoe
Winner: Best Image Award
For this category, the judges looked for entries where an image really drew you in and enticed you to find out more.
- Winner: Jamie Francis-Jones & Thomas Wright (Department of Physics) for DNA of an optical fibre
- Highly Commended: Ammar Azzouz (Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering) for Hand versus Machine?
The judges commented that: “Jamie & Thomas’ entry is well-balanced, clear and ultimately, striking, really drawing the viewer in.”
Winner: Best Description
In this category, the judges looked 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
Emma’s entry was described as: “Consistently clear and described its everyday relevance to most people in a captivating way.”
Winner: Best Overall Entry
In this category, judges wanted to see entries where the description and image interact in such a way that it 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
For the judges, the winning entry is: “A powerful image that interplays with lively language in the description in a way that clearly communicates the research’s relevance.”
Have your say in the public vote
It’s not too late to have your say on this year’s Images of Research which will remain on display in the Edge until 24 May.
Commenting Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), who was on the panel of judges, said: “We received a fantastic number of entries for this year’s competition and the quality of images and descriptions provided was the best yet.
“This kind of public engagement initiative presents a unique challenge to researchers who have to explain why their work matters and do so in a visually compelling way. I’d encourage everyone to come and take a look at the exhibition on display until the end of the month at the Edge to find out more about our research here at Bath and to see how our researchers used these images to capture the essence of their work.”
To find out more see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/images-of-research/