EPSRC brings the future of Cities, Healthcare, and Quantum Technology to the Cheltenham Science Festival

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The Times Cheltenham Festivals Science 2015 in associate with EDF Energy

How will cities make us healthier? How will we feel about our homes monitoring our wellbeing? And how can Quantum Technology meet its promise?

These are some of the questions being posed by researchers at the Cheltenham Science Festival this week and there are sure to be more asked by thousands of science enthusiasts young and older when they visit the inspirational event.

This year the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) continues its partnership with The Cheltenham Science Festival, highlighting the potential benefits of engineering and physical sciences research for the future living, future life and technological progress.

"Partnering with Cheltenham Science Festival is a key part of our strategy to engage the public in the science we fund. We have our stand in the Discover Zone - EPSRC – future living: future life, and we are supporting sessions though the week that will inform and challenge visitors to think about the future."

Joanne Enderby, EPSRC’s Head of Communications

EPSRC are supporting the following events:

Designing Cities for the Future

03 June 2015, BBC Science Zone 16:00-17:00

Designer Rachel Cooper’s vision for the future is one in which our cities help us make healthier choices, breathe cleaner air and live better lives. She shows how using design principles can help us achieve our future aspirations and the top ten ideas for what makes a liveable city.

The Future of Health: Ethics & Privacy

03 June 2015, BBC Science Zone 20:00-21:00

Internet of Things technologies, fitness wristbands and smart watches are moving health from the hospital to the home. But if your watch, thermostat and games console could manage your well-being, how would you feel about being constantly monitored?

Engineer Ian Craddock and social scientist Madeleine Murtagh delve into the technology and the ethics, and ask if this is a future of health we can live with?

Quantum Technology

05 June 2015, Helix Theatre 14:30-15:30

As technology allows us to work at colder and colder temperatures, and smaller and smaller sizes, quantum effects become commonplace. But are these curious anomalies a help or hindrance?

Quantum physicists Jeremy O’Brien, Sonja Franke-Arnold and Kai Bongs discuss how the advances in the quantum field could fundamentally change the tech landscape and what still keeps this from becoming reality.

EPSRC stand

At EPSRC’s stand, in the Discover Zone, researchers and students will be looking at how technological progress and scientific discovery are helping us live longer, and supporting our aspiration to live independent lives and overcome any illness or injury. Helping to explain how the future is being shaped are researchers and students from:

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine at Loughborough University

Regenerative medicines are future treatments that could help the body to fix itself. These medicines will either fix or replace parts of the body that have stopped working properly.

The Digital Interaction Group at Newcastle University

‘Ambient Kitchen’- smart utensils for remotely monitoring rehabilitation in the home.

The Centre for Digital Entertainment, Bournemouth University/University of Bath

Using off-the-shelf video game systems (Wii / Xbox) to help rehabilitate people who have arm disability after strokes.

For details of free events and exhibitions and how to book tickets for any of the chargeable sessions visit the Cheltenham Science Festival website.

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