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Strengthening links with business

19 June 2007

The University will be giving business-minded people the chance to interact with some of its best new research at this week's annual showcase event to unite the commercial and academic worlds.

Visitors to Innovation Marketplace will have the chance to uncover stunning patterns hidden inside minerals for millennia, learn innovative presentation skills from award-winning scientists, and even play a virtual piano keyboard.

There will also be the opportunity for confidential one-to-one meetings between the 200 plus expected business delegates, academics and business support intermediaries.

The displays will include the stunning patterns obtained from incredibly high magnification of rocks and minerals. The sophisticated scanning techniques that made this possible were developed by Professor Richard Weston of the School of Architecture. The patterns, never before seen by the naked eye, are now being explored for potential use in high quality clothing and interior design.

Also on display will be an image of a piano keyboard projected onto a wall, enabling the user to play tunes by touching it. The technology, known as Tanggible Acoustic Interfaces for Computer Human Interactions (TAI CHI), has been developed by Cardiff University’s Manufacturing Engineering Centre, and enables virtually any surface to be used as an interface with a computer.

Professional presenters from Cardiff University spin-out company Science Made Simple will give displays and advice on how demonstrations and presentation skills can liven up business events. The Welsh Assembly Government’s Technology and Innovation Department will also be taking part in Innovation Marketplace. Staff will be available for pre-arranged meetings or walk-up discussions on the day.

The event is hosted by Cardiff University Innovation Network. Organiser Paul Thomas said: "Innovation Marketplace has become an extremely popular event in the Welsh business calendar, and this year’s promises to be bigger and better than ever. Innovation Marketplace delivers maximum collaboration opportunity, a showcase of what Cardiff University’s technical know-how can offer business along with the chance to build contacts for new creative projects."

Howard Nicholls, Regional Adviser for the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme, and a regular exhibitor at Innovation Marketplace, said: "Like every Innovation Network event, Innovation Marketplace provides an excellent forum to meet with companies and academics. I am always impressed by this annual event in particular, which affords everyone wishing to attend a fantastic opportunity to meet an enormous breadth of potential new contacts and gain real insight into the region’s R & D activities. "

The free event takes place on June 21 at the Julian Hodge Building, Cardiff University, Colum Drive, Cardiff.