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University backs Wales Festival of Innovation

19 June 2017


Cardiff University will be supporting the Wales Festival of Innovation from 19 to 30 June 2017.

Researchers will help show the public how Wales’ is at the forefront of the technologies changing society. They will also promote what Wales has to offer to business and encourage the collaborations needed for innovation to happen.

Events include an award ceremony celebrating the impact of academics, a public conference shining a light on new uses of DNA science and a showcase of a digital companion for historical storytelling.

Staff covering the breadth of the University’s expertise will highlight the creative and unexpected applications of their research over the course of 11 days.

"Cardiff University are proud to take part in the Wales Festival of Innovation. We often look to the past when we think about nations, but this festival helps show the shared future of Wales; a progressive and innovative country driven by the knowledge economy."

Professor Hywel Thomas Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Engagement, Cardiff University

Dr Mhairi McVicar, School of Architecture, will take part in the launch of Women in Tech Cymru on 20 June.

A genetics and genomics public conference on 21 June will feature Dr Rhys Jones, School of Biosciences, showing how DNA can help fight wildlife crime, and Professor Les Baille, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, explaining how his innovative research uses bees to enhance antibiotics.

Award-winning mental health campaigners Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn will give a public talk on psychosis with Dr James Walters of the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics on 22 June. The National Software Academy are nominated as an ‘industry trailblazer’ for that evening's Wales Technology Awards.

The University will host the Institution of Civil Engineers to mark National Women in Engineering Day on 23 June. On the same day, the St Fagans National Museum of History will be demonstrating the Traces/Olion app created in collaboration with Dr Jenny Kidd, the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

The University is sponsoring the Cardiff Business Awards, before hosting its own Innovation & Impact Awards on 26 June to recognise the crucial contribution academics make to society.

The Wales Gene Park’s public lecture will explain the crucial role that DNA science played in identifying the body of Richard III discovered in a Leicester car park, before the University's involvement is wrapped-up by the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre and Central Biotechnology Services at the Life Science Innovation Showcase on 30 June.

A full programme of events is available.

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