Ideas Bazaar 2019

The University's fifth Ideas Bazaar took place on the 11 September 2019 with over 400 people from the city and the university coming together to come up with new and exciting ways to showcase the university’s research.

Man presents his research at stand

The Ideas Bazaar brought together academics, post graduate students and creative practitioners from the city of Sheffield who were encouraged to discuss their ideas and come up with new and exciting ways to showcase the University's research during Festival of the Mind 2020, with funding available for the best ideas!

The event was opened by Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of City and Cultural Engagement who talked about how funding is available to make the best collaborations happen.

Participants sit in two lines facing each other

Exhibitors brought along exhibits to showcase their ideas and attendees were invited to bring a single object to act as a talking point - or to just come along with ideas.

Cultural matchmaker and host for the day was Iestyn Edwards, Guildhall-trained classical baritone/ballerina, comic, blogger and public speaker. Iestyn ensured that academics and potential partners got talking with each other and assisted in their search for creative collaborations.

Since 2011, we have seen academics from diverse disciplines such as nanotechnology, English, engineering, robotics, architecture, psychology and biomedical science teaming up with artists, animators, film makers, poets, magicians and musicians in Sheffield to create many unique projects.

A robot produced by Sheffield Robotics

Successful partnerships have showcased our research in numerous venues across the City including the Spiegeltent, the iconic Castle House and Millennium Galleries, as well as University venues, to audiences from the City and beyond.

We certainly hope that there will be many more such events in the future.

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