The annual showcase of Academy-funded engineering research will take place on Friday 26 September, showcasing cutting-edge research, state-of-the-art technology, hands-on demos and expert discussions on research policy.

Among the technologies on display this year are “wearable” devices that simulate ill health and work-related injuries to improve health and safety; face recognition software; and the world’s fastest electronic microscope that allows observation of single strands of DNA and enables the building of nano-sized structures atom-by-atom.

Sir John O’Reilly, Director General of Knowledge and Innovation in BIS, will deliver a keynote address on the importance of research in delivering innovation and the role of engineering in making this a reality.

Sir John O’Reilly said: “Engineering research and associated innovation are central to success for the economy and society we wish and need to have, reflected in the government’s industrial strategy. The Academy’s programmes play an important part here and are particularly powerful in bringing industry and academia together to address frontier research issues informed by major real world challenges.”

Other presentations will cover the role of collaboration between engineering research and industry, including how a research group are making McLaren’s cars even faster by modelling the changing aerodynamic conditions of car bodies in motion.

Other contributors will explain why gems may be wasted on jewellery, since diamonds can make great lasers, and how to design an intelligent system to manage rail traffic and improve services while reducing delays and accidents.

Also in the spotlight will be recent advances in RFID (radio frequency identification) systems, which now allow tracking goods and luggage with near 100% accuracy; and the journey from idea to bench and market of a revolutionary software that finds hidden bugs in computer programs.

To conclude the day, experts in research assessment will be leading a panel on the impact of research, followed by an open discussion.

Professor Ric Parker CBE FREng, Vice-President for Research at the Royal Academy of Engineering said: “The Academy supports world-class, commercially useful research and the researchers who create it, at all stages of their career, through several Fellowship schemes.

The results of this support are clear to see in events like the Research Forum, where engineering research can be seen translated into tangible innovation.”

“The Research Forum serves also as a platform to bring industry and the research community together, helping to promote collaborations and strategic partnerships between two sectors that otherwise have limited interaction.”

The Academy’s funding programmes support excellence in engineering research, in all branches of engineering and at the interface between engineering and other disciplines. The Research Forum is a showcase for both the quality and the breadth of the research made possible by the Academy’s funding, mentors and network.

This event is also part of the Academy’s Engineering for Growth campaign to highlight the impact and value of engineering to the wealth, health and wellbeing of the nation.

A programme of the event is available online.


Notes for Editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place  to do business.
    We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.
    We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.

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