Technologies for the future

Technology is at the heart of human progress. From man’s first fashioning of stone tools to today’s digital age, our basic needs remain the same: food, energy, medicine, safety and communications. Find out how York researchers are shaping the future in these areas.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) research

From covid analysis to air quality, our researchers are investigating the immediate impact of the virus as well as the longer-term implications for society. 

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Understanding the human body and its biological pathways has motivated the development of novel imaging methods for centuries, and it continues to drive innovations in the physical sciences.

Our bioimaging research is pushing technological frontiers to explore biological systems on all lengthscales, ranging from the molecular, to the cellular and the whole-body level.

Featured research

Research Champion

Professor Dan Watts, Research Champion for Technologies for the Future

Dan Watts is Chair in Hadron and Nuclear Physics in the Department of Physics. His pure physics research uses the world's most intense electromagnetic beams to probe the structure of hadronic matter and to carry out precision measurements on atomic nuclei. Alongside his pure research Professor Watts leads a number of interdisciplinary initiatives in areas including medical PET imaging, protontherapy diagnostics and new quantum technologies.

Technologies for the Future: Overview (PDF , 135kb)