20th anniversary awards celebrate power of partnerships

1 June 2018

I&I 2016 trophies

Five creative research collaborations with business, government and wider society are being celebrated by Cardiff University.

The University’s 20th Innovation and Impact (I&I) Awards celebrate the power of partnerships.

To mark the milestone, five prize-winning projects have been chosen ahead of a gala awards evening in three weeks’ time – and members of the public have 20 days to choose their favourite and vote for the ‘People’s Choice.’

The winning competitor will receive an iPad. They will also be invited to meet the ‘People’s Choice’ team before the gala ceremony on Tuesday 26 June, and join them for the gala dinner.

Voting is open until 12:00 on Friday 22 June.

The five finalists are:

A-Ultra

Award for device that detects damage to body armour

A-Ultra delivers safety and savings

Cyber security partnership

Honours for Europe’s first Cybersecurity Analytics & AI Excellence Centre

Airbus partnership claims International Impact Award

Apple on book in a calssroom

Innovation award for schools health network

Research builds national database to shape policy

Public Policy Institute meeting

Drive for better public policy clinches award

Collaboration delivers evidence to help improve government policy

Telomere on end of chromosome

Innovation award for diagnostic cancer technology

Cancer patients’ prognosis found in genes

Commenting on the finalists, Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, said: “This year’s winners are superb illustrations of the strength and depth of the University’s work to mark the 20th anniversary of the I&I Awards. Each is an outstanding example of ‘real world’ research that helps to save lives and change society, and all perfectly highlight why we are ranked 2nd in the Russell Group for IP income, and account for 98% of the IP income generated by Welsh universities.”

David Baynes, Chief Operating Officer of IP Group plc said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the 20th I&I Awards. I have been attending this exceptional annual event for more than a decade on behalf of IP Group, and have witnessed how Cardiff’s strategic focus on innovation continues to create dozens of outstanding new companies.”

Matthew Smith, Head of Blake Morgan's Education sector said: “We are delighted to be joining the I&I Awards 20th birthday celebrations. Innovation is crucial for a thriving economy and a fair society. Universities are key to ensuring that this happens. We are proud of our long association with Cardiff University and are delighted to have advised the University on some of its ground-breaking innovation projects.”

Dr Julie Fyles, Director at Symbiosis IP Ltd said: “It is a privilege to celebrate this special anniversary year with Cardiff University, who we see as playing an invaluable role in the knowledge economy. Events like this help show the crucial difference the University makes in shaping society.”

The Innovation and Impact Awards are organised by the Cardiff University Innovation Network, which has promoted business-university interactions for over two decades.

Free networking events for business people, academics and those who work for business support organisations, such as Welsh Government or local councils.