IA2015On the 20th September, the University of Sheffield presents A better tomorrow: Ignite Academy 2018
6.30pm-9pm, Adelphi Room, Crucible Theatre

+ FREE ENTRY + 19x 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 is learned?
We cover 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 is for? Each talk is pitched for a public audience so everyone is welcome. Ignite Academy is a chance to hear about new projects, exciting ideas, leading thinking, and up to the minute innovation.


1. Will Parker
A quarter of an aspirin twice a day keeps the doctor even more away?
Aspirin is a drug older than anyone alive today, and is used widely for the prevention of heart attacks and strokes, often in combination with other anti-clotting drugs. The trouble is aspirin doesn't always provide good protection and can cause bleeding that can be fatal, clearly detracting from its benefits. My work has focussed on improving its profile of action and I have shown that by modifying the dosing instructions given to patients, specifically using a very-low dose twice-daily, we can do this.
2. Rachel Evans
@healthyandpsych
I'll eat better tomorrow: instant gratification vs long-term health
How many times have you promised yourself that you'd eat healthily only to give into temptation or fall back into bad habits less than a day later? You promise that you'll eat 'better tomorrow' - right? In this talk, learn why we, as humans, are primed for instant gratification (e.g. from high fat and sugar treats like chocolate, ice cream and biscuits) and how you can make this work in your favour to eat a healthier diet.
3. Andrew Cox
A photo a day ... improves your well-being
In contrast to negative views of social media, our study shows how taking a photo each day and sharing it online improves well-being. But if it sounds simple to share one photo every day it turns out to require imagination and perseverance. Our study tells us a lot about how people care for their own daily well-being.
4. Paul Hatton
@Prof_Hatton
Your Bionic Future: Human or Superhuman?
Throughout your life you will suffer from diseases and physical injuries, and some of these will leave you permanently less healthy and able to enjoy life. Scientists and biomedical engineers have developed a wide range of technologies to repair the human body in order to restore health, but it is possible that some of these now take us to a new level in terms of ability and physical appearance. This presentation will summarise some of the critical advances in health technologies, and show you what your "bionic future" will look like if these are fully utilised.
5. Sam Pashneh-Tala
@DrSamPT
We can rebuild you – replacement body parts made to order
Combining the fields of engineering and biology, tissue engineering offers the ability to grow new body parts for the treatment of injuries and disease. This talk will showcase how human cells can be grown and shaped in the laboratory to form the tissues and organs of our bodies. Tissue-engineered organs will end transplant waiting lists and transform medicine in the world of tomorrow.
6. Dr Matilde Sassani
@MatildeSassani
Energy and the brain
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating condition affecting the nerves involved in movement​ which usually results in severe disability and death within two to three years. Causes and mechanisms of the disease remain unknown, so treatments are not very effective. Previous research suggests that abnormalities in the way the body makes energy may be important. We are using a special MRI scan technique (a detailed type of scan with no radiation risk) to study chemicals involved in producing energy in the brain and muscles in people who live with ALS. By doing so we hope to learn more about how the disease develops.
7. Elisabeth Kugler
@KuglerElisabeth
At the Heart of Zebrafish
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of deaths worldwide. Studying the processes of normal blood vessel development and how these are getting out of control in disease can be studied in developing fish. I’ll talk about the why, how, and what in the microscopic world of fish vessels.
8. Jo Hornsey
@joshornsey
Glaciers in the Himalaya; going...going...gone?
There is relatively little data about how the glaciers in the Himalayan mountains are responding to anthropogenic climate change, which has implications for accurately predicting changes in the rivers that their melt waters produce. By examining how glaciers have changed over the past 2000 years, we can develop our understanding of the long term context of glacial change in the highest mountain range in the world, and how they're going to continue to change. This in turn improves predictions of how water resources for a developing population will change, and what that could mean for them.
9. Andreas Koeppel
@KoeppelAndreas
Spinning silk without a silkworm?!
In my talk I show that we are getting closer to understanding how Nature's strongest and toughest fibre, silk, is spun. However, do we already know enough to do without the spider and silkworm and spin super strong silks in the lab? This question will be answered during my talk.
10. James Mansfield
@JamesTmansfield
Soggy Scottish Castles: What can they teach us about nuclear waste storage?
The UK plans to put its radioactive waste into a solid mass of glass before burying this deep underground. But, before we do this we must make sure that none of these dangerous wastes will dissolve or leach out of the glass if it ever gets wet. To check this, we have been looking at glasses from Iron-Age forts, to see how thousands of years of harsh Scottish rain might have changed these.
11. Candice Majewski
@CandiceMajewski
Why all the fuss about 3D Printing?
Heard about 3D Printing, but still in the dark as to what it is and what it might mean to you? Then this is the talk for you! Come and join me on a whistle-stop tour of where it all came from, why we're excited about it now, and what it means for the future.
12. Dr Anand Sengodan
@sengodan_anand
Let's Save Human Lives!
For a better tomorrow lets help clear the landmines that are present in the world. I would like to present research on a 3D reconstruction algorithm I developed that helps produce clear 3D diagrams of landmines under the ground after real time scanning by a ground penetrating radar. The radar sends electrical signals into the ground and upon detection of the object the receiver captures the signal and I have developed a algorithm called the SIMCA algorithm that locates and helps clear these landmines.
13.Sally Salome Shahzad
Let’s warm up people rather than the building
Are you paying too many energy bills and still uncomfortable about the room temperature? Let’s warm up the people rather than the whole building through Personal Control Systems (PCS).This is similar to the climate control system in an Audi car to make each individual more comfortable, while less energy is used.
14. Andrew Metcalfe
@AndyMetcalfe66
Inspiring the next generation of the science workforce
Universities and industry are all facing recruitment challenges when it comes to STEM careers, with a huge skills gap predicted in the UK workforce in the coming years. How do we show the scientists and engineers of the future that a career in STEM is valuable, rewarding and achievable? It's challenging and stressful but the Department of Biomedical Science Work Experience Programme is one piece of the jigsaw!
15. Dr David Ian Benbow
Can the NHS survive beyond its seventieth birthday?
The creation of the NHS in 1948 heralded a better tomorrow for British citizens and enhanced equity in healthcare. However, the NHS has been undermined by inadequate funding and recent legislation, which has facilitated increased marketization and privatisation of the service. Although there is increased uncertainty as to whether the current NHS funding model will survive, I contend that it must or healthcare for British citizens will be worse in the future.
16. Parveen Ali
@parveenazamali
Domestic violence and abuse: Do perpetrator programmes work?
This presentation will discuss the potential of domestic violence perpetrator programmes in preventing and reducing domestic violence in the community. Findings coming from a two year long programme evaluation highlight that such programmes are effective and should be developed carefully.
17. Sharif Mahmud Khalid
Is sustainability and its development a euphemism for the failings of the world?
In the last two decades or so, the phrase sustainability or its variant sustainable development has become a buzz word for academic, political and practitioner conferences/events. And has attracted billions of dollars in research funding over the periods. But the question remains, how tangible has these engagements benefited the developing world ( a major source of most of the world's technological advancement). Is it all about a 'talk-good factor' or recipients of such buzzes are just docile not to translate them into their tailored needs for development?
18. Julian Dobson
@juliandobson
Mind the gap! Does what we know about green space change what we do?
Extensive research shows how parks and green spaces boost our wellbeing. But funding for parks is falling and some councils are selling off green spaces. Do we need better evidence to change the way investment decisions are made, or is it the decision-making processes themselves that should be challenged?
19. Hita Unnikrishnan
@hitaauk
Beyond fairy lights and fountains: who are urban lakes meant for?
Who do urban commons like lakes, pasture lands, and rivers belong to? Are they only meant to satisfy the whims and indulgences of urban middle and upper classes who wish to experience the beauty of wild nature? Using the case of Bangalore, India, I would say that aesthetics and recreation are important, but urban commons have been since historical times, much more dynamic spaces, and ignoring their alternative uses could pose massive implications towards equity and sustainability.