We recently travelled to Toulouse, France to exhibit our work on Magnetic colonoscopy as part of the Sonopill project. We were representing UK Research and Innovation, EPSRC and the STORM Lab (University of Leeds) at the week long ESOF 2018 event. Read the University of Leeds press release.
ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe, with more than 4000 delegates from over 80 countries. It is dedicated to scientific research and innovation and offers a unique framework for interaction and debate for scientists, innovators, policy makers, business people and the general public. Our exhibit was part of the UK stand, where delegates could come and see our work and discuss anything from the technical research aspects of the project, to our opinions on the research environment in the UK.
We were demonstrating the Magnetic Colonoscopy platform and showed over 700 visitors live demos of the KUKA robotic arm moving the capsule through a synthetic environment. Visitors could get up-close and hands-on with the system to fully appreciated its design and functionality.
Some highlights from the event included: demonstrating our work to Carlos Moedas, the EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation; discussing our work and the wider UK research landscape with Rebecca Endean, the Director of Strategy at UKRI; and having the opportunity to interact with a uniquely diverse audience (… oh and the French pastries of course!).