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New imaging tools for investigative research: An idea generation workshop

This sandpit-style imaging event is for University of Bath researchers to discuss imaging requirements to help determine a step-change in technology.

  • 23 Sep 2021, 11.15am to 23 Sep 2021, 12.45pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free

The University strategy recently identified three research themes for collaborative working to strengthen and further our research impact, sharpen our focus and increase our influence: Sustainability; Health and Wellbeing; and Digital.

The imaging facility at Bath plays a crucial role in supporting high-quality research in many disciplines. However, we would like to build upon the current infrastructure support centred around MC2 to further develop our interdisciplinary and multiuser facility. This is to increase its relevance to the three identified research themes and enable innovations in the Healthcare, Sustainability and Digital arenas.

In order to build the science case for an ambitious, University-wide, cross-disciplinary research proposal and to flesh out the technological requirements, we need your input about the imaging equipment that would benefit your research.

This sandpit-type event is for any interested researcher from across the University chaired by Professor Julie Barnett, Associate Dean (Research) for Humanities and Social Sciences.

The aim of the sandpit is to discuss University-wide imaging requirements. We have two main options:

  1. Upgrade current facilities or
  2. Build a new imaging suite including a step-change in technology available at Bath.

This event will include an introduction to the capability of our current technology, presentation from Stan Botchway from the STFC OCTOPUS Central Laser Facility at RCaH, about what the advanced technology could do in a range of different research areas, and an open discussion with some targeted questions.

The intended outcomes from this discussion are to:

  • determine a potential userbase and technological needs assessment for 'add-ons' to our current instruments, for inclusion in responsive mode grants
  • start determining a wider multi-disciplinary research base who would benefit from a step-change in the technology at Bath, work out what specific capabilities they may need and start to draw these ideas together to start formulating a grant proposal (~£1.5-3M)

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in September!


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