MICRA Showcase at the British Science Festival


Thu, 12 September 2019, 09:30 – 15:30 BST

Location: Oculus Building, University of Warwick, University Road, Coventry CV4 7EZ

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showcasing projects and spin-outs from the partner universities on three key Industrial Strategy Challenges


About this Event

The first MICRA showcase will be exploring areas for collaboration based on key research specialisations of the partner institutions, as well as featuring some of our successful existing commercialisation success stories.

There will be poster presentations from projects being funded by the MICRA programme, and breakout sessions after the presentations for each of the topics.

This is an invitation-only event which is taking place alongside the British Science Festival on the University of Warwick Campus - with over 20 free events taking place throughout the day, it’s another great reason to come along!



Ageing Society: new solutions for longer, healthier independent living

Chair: Dr James Brown, Director of ARCHA (Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing ) - as well as his involvement in the Extracare project, James has extensive experience in communicating science including broadcasting and consulting on programmes including 'Trust me I'm a Doctor' (BBC2), 'Holding back the years' (BBC1), 'How to stay young' (BBC1) and 'Old Peoples Home for 4 Year Olds' (Channel 4)


Dr Brendan Spillane, Warwick Ventures - Brendan is working with Care Companion, a web-based portal for carers which was designed and developed by the University of Warwick School of Medicine

Dr James Amor, CEO of Augmented Insights - Augmented Insights is a spin-out company from the University of Warwick which uses data analytics from sensors in the home or in care homes to predict problems and allow early intervention.

Prof. Hua Dong, Loughborough University – Hua is a leading expert in inclusive design and has been involved in many international projects on design solutions for home based care for the elderly in China, Finland and the UK.

Prof. Pip Logan, University of Nottingham - Pip is Professor of Rehabilitation Research and part of the PRAISED project, looking at how tailored interventions and exercise can reduce falls in people with early stage dementia


Artificial Intelligence: transforming the economy, transforming society

Chair: Professor Andy Pardoe of University of Warwick - Andy is the head of the new AI Incubator at the University of Warwick, and Principal Director for Artificial Intelligence at Accenture, as well as being an expert advisor to the All Parliamentary Group on AI


Dr Marcus Ong, CEO of Spectra Analytics - Marcus founded Spectra Analytics, a data science software and consultancy firm as a spin-out from the University of Warwick. They are currently part of the £1m funded PATCHS project using AI as a triage tool in NHS primary care settings.

Jonathan Jackson, CEO of Previsico - Previsico is a global provider of real-time, street level flood prediction and analytical solutions, and a spin-out from Loughborough University. Jonathan is also the Royal Society's Entrepreneur in Residence at Loughborough University and has extensive experience working with early stage tech businesses

University of Leicester AI Network - speaker to be confirmed

Towards a Circular Economy: designing for a new business model

Chair: Professor Gary Leeke, University of Birmingham - Gary has over 20 years expertise in resource efficiency and the development of processes to recover, upgrade and remanufacture materials and chemicals and led the EPSRC funded EXHUME project, investigating the deconstruction of fibre reinforced composite.


Ravish Jain, Commercial Director of Recycling Technologies - Recycling Technologies is a spin-out from the University of Warwick. They have developed technology to chemically convert plastic waste, which currently cannot be recycled, into valuable hydrocarbon product.

Dr Filomeno Martina, CEO of WAAM3D - WAAM3D is a spin-out company from Cranfield University which provides all elements needed for a successful industrial implementation of the Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing process. Dr Filomeno Martina is Senior Lecturer in Additive Manufacturing at the Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre,

Keele University - speaker to be confirmed


Why attend?

Through presentations and panel discussions, the event will enable attendees to:

  • Discover how MICRA can work with businesses and public sector organisations to advance research and development and move beyond R&D to the market in these key areas
  • Connect with other businesses, MICRA technology transfer and commercialisation team, academics and business advisors to network and share common challenges
  • Explore potential areas for collaboration in the breakout sessions which will follow the main presentations

We welcome representatives from industry and public sector organisations with an interest in R&D in these areas, LEPs, funding and research organisations, early stage investment organisations, and academic colleagues.

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