Last month, researchers from Warwick, along with a range of external partners, came together to celebrate research impact and innovation at the University. It was a chance for all involved to find out how our researchers, often in collaboration with a range of stakeholders, are addressing key societal challenges, making a difference and improving lives. Here, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research Professor Laura Green shares her reflections from the day.
From the beginning, the event was firmly rooted in being a multi-disciplinary celebration of research from right across the institution. Following an introduction from Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Croft, a number of projects were introduced. From polymers to follow-up care for infants, and social care to television history, heritage and memory, the audience heard about how research from medicine, sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities has made a difference.
The award for most acclaimed participant goes to an eight week old baby, whose parents came across the research of Professor Quenby and her colleagues in the Medical School on the cause of miscarriages. They participated in the team’s clinical trial leading to their son’s birth earlier this year. Witnessing the result of years of research as well as the happiness of its beneficiaries was priceless. It was also an excellent reminder of the reasons why supporting ground-breaking research is vital not only to the University but to society as a whole.
Attendees also heard about ways Warwick is becoming more involved with local and regional partners. In collaboration with the Coventry City of Culture Trust and Coventry University, Clare Mitchell from Coventry City Council explained why the city needs both its universities. Researchers are needed to evaluate how culture leads to economic and social benefits for the region.
Following the presentations, there was plenty of time for networking, enabling attendees to meet more researchers and discuss their work with them. From television archives on the city of Coventry to sensors, NHS history to a VR experience on automotive manufacturing, the wide range of expertise on show was remarkable and a testimony to the excellence of our research community. As we get closer to REF2021, this was a brilliant opportunity to celebrate our successes both internationally and locally and to consider the ways we can work collaboratively for greatest success.
Thank you to those who contributed to the event and the organising committee.”