Ever wonder why we now put babies to sleep on their backs or where the technology that gave us the internet came from? Many may believe such technologies or knowledge came from industry or public bodies but in fact much of our world as we know it today was created through pioneering research at Universities. The SETsquared Partnership, made up of the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, have been involved in long running research programmes that have genuinely changed the world for the better - economically, environmentally and socially.
On 13th October 2010, the SETsquared Partnership hosted an event called 'Changing Worlds' in London which showcased the impact of some of the world leading research to come out of our partner universities. Bringing together the great and good from across Government, industry, research bodies and academia, the event featured an interactive exhibition, a lunchtime panel debate and a presentation from the Universities & Science Minister, the Rt Hon David Willetts MP.
Following the event, this section of our website now contains 25 research case studies from contrasting fields, with very different beginnings but all demonstrating how closely our academics work with industry and other partner organisations to create world changing outcomes. Without many of these innovations the way we live our lives and do business today would be very different.
As you will see, sometimes the research featured was focused on the impact it hoped to achieve but many of these examples also come from 'blue sky' research where discoveries are made which could not have been envisaged at the outset. These are often the "leaps" required to save people's lives both here in the UK and all over the world or just simply create a step change in our business world. Hopefully you will be inspired to engage with the Partnership and the world leading academics from our five Universities and be part of the new wave of discoveries that will change the world over the next decade.
James Bilzon of the University of Bath, who presented and exhibited at the Changing Worlds event was interviewed on BBC Bristol.
Click on the following link to view a video of the event highlights : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjvAP2ckcLc
View the Press Release