Science for a Successful Nation

On the 21st of February, we were invited by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to showcase our pioneering work on magnetic guided capsule robots, alongside other Sonopill team members, at the historic Royal Society in central London. The aim of the event, entitled “Science for a Successful Nation,” was to demonstrate the importance of long term investment in scientific research to an invited audience of influential policy makers, business leaders and leading UK academics.

The day involved a number of  key panel discussions on the EPSRC’s strategy to facilitate research that promotes four prosperity outcomes, namely: a Productive nation, a Resilient nation, a Connected nation and a Healthy nation – ie. how can science and engineering support a longer-living, healthier society? In between talks, attendees had time to network and see firsthand some of the high impact research funded by the EPSRC. Visitors to our stand were able to see the KUKA medical robot in action, manipulating a capsule using a magnetic field, and also had the  opportunity to see some of the other prototype devices from the project.

Highlights from our time in London include:

  • Attending inspiring panel discussions on the future of engineering and physical science research in the UK.
  • Having the opportunity to demonstrate our research to influential individuals in the grand Royal Society building.
  • Working with our team members from Scotland to effectively showcase years of multidisciplinary research.

Setting up the exhibit

Mr James Martin and Dr Holly Lay either side of “Sonozilla” – a scaled-up model of a Sonopill capsule