IA2015On the 21st September, the University of Sheffield presented Magical Worlds: Ignite Academy 2017
6.30pm-9pm, Adelphi Room, Crucible Theatre

+ FREE ENTRY + 18x 5min presentations
What are the modern mysteries, problems and questions that shape the research we do across our university? What are the current small niggles and big challenges that research can help us face?

What is Ignite? Ignite is a geek event that is held in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events, Ignite presenters share their research passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, making a total of just five minutes.
What was learned?
We covered a broad range of topics from departments across the University. The spirit of Ignite Academy is simply about education, learning, teaching and sharing ideas with the people of Sheffield.
Who the event was for? Each talk was pitched for a public audience so everyone was welcome. Ignite Academy is a chance to hear about new projects, exciting ideas, leading thinking, and up to the minute innovation.


1. Adrien Chauvet
@DrAdrienC
Watching chemistry live

I am using the latest laser technology to make molecule dance; to follow chemical reaction as it happens; to learn how nature works.

2. Claire Esau
@ClaireEsau
Dancing with the stars: the beauty of stellar dynamics
Planets in our Solar System orbit the Sun under the influence of gravity. This same force also causes stars to orbit one another in star clusters. With anything from dozens to many thousands of stars in a single cluster, these motions are not like the simple almost circular orbits of planets but are instead very complex, resembling an intricate orbital dance. My work involves running simulations to explore exactly how stars interact with each other on timescales of millions of years.
3. Roger Doonan
Haunted ground: do we live amongst ghosts?
In this presentation Dr Roger Doonan shows how recent advances in scientific instrumentation allows us to detect the presence of past human action. These ghosts of the past are huge and all around us.
4. Leonardo Talachia Rosa
@leotrosa
Bacterial insight: The faster you chew, the more you eat.
Bacteria are isolated from the environment by a lipid bi layer, and in order to uptake food, they need specific components called membrane transporters. They need a transporter for each compound, just as if we needed a different mouth for every food. Some transporters are more efficient than others, and this talk will be about how I am trying to discover how some very efficient transporters work, and trying to engineer them for a greener future.
5. Darren Webb
Utopia. Now. Here.
Imagine the society of your dreams has been realised. How would you be living, what would you be doing, in that magical world? Live it, do it, now.
6. Peter Bath
@PeterABath
Spaces for Sharing - Online health forums for people with a life-threatening illness
The talk discusses our research on how people with life-threatening and terminal illnesses use online spaces to share their experiences and emotions. The study explores how trust and empathy enable people to share with each other online. The study provides insights into how online friendships form and how these can lead to supportive and long-lasting friendships in the real world.
7. Daniela Lazaro Pacheco
Breast cancer diagnosis in 2.5 minutes
Breast cancer diagnosis and classification can be achieved with vibration spectroscopy in just 2.5 minutes with a high specificity and sensibility. The fast and accurate diagnosis process can offer a selection of a better treatment and reduce the patient stress. The translation of this type of spectroscopic models into the clinic can reduce the time designated for diagnosis having a positive impact on prompt treatment delivery.
8. Alejandro Vidal-Rosas
Using light to look into your health
By projecting light over the skin, it is possible to see what happens inside the human body. From blood oxygenation when doing exercise and brain activity when reading a book to cancer treatment monitoring. Light imaging technology offers low-cost and portable equipment that can be used at the bedside and can be supplied to hospitals that can't afford X-ray and Magnetic Resonance Imaging systems.
9. Becky Pennington
Health, Wealth and Wishes
Funding for healthcare is limited and cannot cover the costs of every intervention for every illness. Economic evaluation of healthcare interventions compares the costs and consequences of alternative courses of action. This can be used to decide which interventions represent the best value for money.
10. Kaeren van Vliet
Opening your own magical front door!
1 My talk explains what is magical about front doors
2 What is specifically magical about Sheffield's front doors
3 How the front doors of Sheffield differ from those across the world
11. Veronica Lee Love
@VeronicaLeeLove
Adaptable green roofs for changing seasons
Rooftop conditions adversely affect green roof plants, but plants also affect rooftop microclimate in many positive ways - in shading, in increasing albedo, and reducing rainwater runoff. How are plants affected exactly by rooftop conditions, and vice versa? How does low or high plant density or different species combinations intensify this mutual effect? Findings could potentially lead to green roof designs that can change and bring greater benefits according to the season.
12. Miriam Grace
@mgrace_tweets
Marine Protected Areas: Prolonging the Magic
Come and find out how Marine Protected Areas help conserve wildlife and ensure we can continue to enjoy some of the world's most beautiful landscapes!
13. Julian Gosliga
@juliangosliga
Smart materials: The end of batteries.
Thanks to smart materials, batteries may one day be a thing of the past. Smart materials can convert energy from one form to another with no moving parts. Using the correct combination of smart materials, it is possible to create devices that can generate electricity from heat, chemical, solar and kinetic energy all at once.
14. Emma Blakey
@EmBlakey
When making mistakes is a good thing! The development of flexible behaviour in children
Anyone who has been around young children will know they find it hard to behave flexibly and control their behaviour. Our research has shown that surprisingly, before children can become fully flexible they actually make more mistakes as they develop. Therefore, in development, making mistakes can be a good thing!
15. Jost Migenda
@JostMigenda
The Ghosts of Dying Stars
The lives of giant stars end in massive explosions that can shine as bright as the whole galaxy. Ghost-like particles called neutrinos will help us understand how these stars explode and – in their dying breath – create the elements of life.
16. Sandy Belle Rosales Cadena
@SBelleRosalesC
Gratias Ago!
In this talk, you will learn the science behind the magic of Gratitude and how it can help you to love, accept and thank to your body even though it doesn't look "perfect".
17. Fides Matzdorf & Ramen Sen
Thinking on your feet: Leadership learning with the body
Everybody talks about leadership, but how does it really work? Based on research into leadership, followership, communication and embodied cognition, our research takes a new look at 'thinking on our feet', as cognitive processes are at least in part based on physical experiences of the body. So what can we learn about leadership through dance?
18. Christine Wallis
@Hleothor
Mardy Monks, Sloppy Scribes and Invisible Writing
1000 years ago an annoyed monk added some invisible writing to a medieval manuscript. As well as providing us with some entertaining comments about the writing abilities of one of his colleagues, he provides us with valuable information on what Anglo-Saxons thought about correctness in language. Some things never change - our medieval ancestors complained about the weather, and (it turns out) about poor spelling too!