York Talks 2018

Posted on 19 January 2018

On Wednesday 10 January 2018, over 700 people participated in a day of lively, accessible presentations sampling the great variety of innovative and world-leading research taking place in York.

From the Department of Chemistry, Dr Alison Parkin explained her research exploring new ways to generate energy. Her work with micro-organisms to couple sunlight and seawater to produce hydrogen and oxygen may pave the way to replace oil and gas with new clean-burning fuels.  In the short video below, Alison explains more about the vision behind her research.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bgLfHlOtL4

As part of the York Talks Event, PhD student Phillip Chivers, from the research group of Professor David Smith here in the Department of Chemistry presented a spotlight exhibition piece explaining his research to develop patterned gels for controllable and directional drug delivery.

The 15 minute ‘TED-style’ talks were attended by members of the public, academics and students, and covered a vast range of the innovative research taking place here in York. Talks this year included discussions of the dangers of drone warfare, digital technologies to improve healthcare, the complexities of the fight against cancer, and how fire could help conserve the savannahs of Africa.

Joan Concannon, Director of External Relations at the University of York, said: “This year’s talks were packed with outstanding, world-class research that aims to tackle some of the biggest global challenges. We think it’s really important to make the exciting research happening at York accessible and available to a general audience and this was a brilliant way for the wider community to engage with our academics and young researchers and learn more about their work.”

York Talks has been held annually since 2014.