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Research without Borders 2022: An inspiring insight into postgraduate research at Bristol

16 August 2022

In July, the University’s annual festival of postgraduate research took place in person for the first time since the onset of the pandemic.

This year, thirteen postgraduate research students took part in a series of panel events co-organised by the Bristol Doctoral College with three of Bristol’s Research Institutes. 

In partnership with Bristol Digital Futures Institute,‘Living with Robots, asked questions like: What is swarm robotics? And, does personifying robots make us interact with them differently?

Merihan Alhafnawi (School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Engineering Mathematics) one of the panellists explained: “It was an amazing experience. I would encourage any researcher to take part in this sort of event and let people know about your research."

'A Brighter Future’ was co-organised with the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research and explored how physical activity and social media are affecting young people’s mental health, and how storytelling can improve the mental wellbeing of children with long-term illness. 

Reasons to be Hopeful' was co-organised with Cabot Institute for the Environment. The discussion tackled the climate crisis and drew connections across a range of research, from the displacement of Bangladeshi women to how social enterprisecan aid future change.

Lucy Parnall, Head of the Bristol Doctoral College, highlighted: “We had such a great variety of topics at Research without Borders this year. I think it really shows that if we are looking to tackle big problems, we need a range of perspectives.” 

Peaches Golding OBE, her Majestys Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol attended ‘Living with Robots: It is the young people that must formulate what our society will look like. And I am very encouraged when I see people of the calibre, intelligence, and drive that we saw this evening.

Further information

Watch a summary of Reasons to be Hopeful: Working together to tackle the climate crisis

Watch a summary of Living with Robots: Exploring our relationships with artificial intelligence


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