Leeds academics to display research at the British Academy Summer Showcase

Leading University academics are among researchers showcasing their work at the British Academy’s first Summer Showcase – a free festival of ideas for curious minds.

Leeds academics to display research at the British Academy Summer Showcase June 2018

Taking place in central London from 22-23 June, the prestigious event – organised by the national body for the humanities and social sciences – will bring to life ideas about what it means to be human, from how our ancestors used to sleep to what your appearance says about your lifestyle habits.

Professor Stuart Murray, from Leeds, will be showcasing research exploring ideas of disability and handedness, focused on his joint project to re-engineer a prosthetic hand with Dr Raymond Holt, a lecturer at the University's Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation (School of Mechanical Engineering).

This research was funded by an Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research (APEX) award. The scheme offers established independent researchers, with a strong track record in their respective area, an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society.

Professor Murray said: "The Summer Showcase offers a wonderful opportunity to present the latest cross-disciplinary research in Medical Humanities and Disability Studies at Leeds.

“Engaging with a wide audience – academic, professional and public – across the two days of the event will be exciting, informative and a great platform for discussing our work.”

Visitors to the Summer Showcase will be able to meet the minds behind cutting-edge research, take part in hands-on activities and listen to fascinating talks.

The event takes place in the British Academy’s building and gardens overlooking The Mall in central London.

It is free to attend and open from 11am to 5pm on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June. A special late opening takes place on Friday 22 June, with live music, activities and special performances from 6.30pm.

There is an invitation-only 'VIP' showing on the Thursday 21 June. Professor Alison Fell, Director of the Humanities Research Institute at Leeds, will also be attending this event alongside Professor Murray and Dr Holt.

Visit the British Academy website for further information and to sign up for updates.

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