Pioneering Research Programmes

Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation

Working with children and families in targeted, co-ordinated ways to prevent social problems that emerge later in life.

THE CHALLENGE OF YOUNG LIVES AFFECTED BY DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

8 February, 2017

Start talking to Dr Kathryn Higgins about the success and influence of her research and the first thing she will say is – ‘It’s the work of a team. I can’t stress that enough.’

SOCIAL INNOVATION AND THE EVIDENCE OF WHAT WORKS

8 February, 2017

Professor Paul Connolly, Lead of one of the new Pioneer Research Programmes at Queen’s, gives an enthusiastic explanation of its title – the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI).

Intelligent Autonomous Manufacturing Systems

Creating smart, autonomous manufacturing systems that will make the factories of the future more productive, resilient and energy-efficient.

INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS CREATING THE FACTORIES OF THE FUTURE

8 February, 2017

They call it Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution –
the unique coming-together of several technology innovations that integrate the physical and virtual worlds and will change the global manufacturing sector.

VIRTUAL REALITY: HELPING US SHAPE OUR ‘SMART’ FUTURE

8 February, 2017

You are walking across the floor of a huge factory. In front of you there is an array of robots working on a production line. You look around, studying the rest of the space – and then you take the headset off.

Material and Advanced Technologies for Healthcare

Using advanced technologies such as smart materials in drug delivery

LEADING THE WAY TO NEW HORIZONS IN HEALTHCARE

8 February, 2017

Professor Ryan Donnelly’s name is synonymous with tiny objects that make a huge impact – microneedles. These minute projections in a patch take the sting out of injections.

THE NANOMEDICINE INNOVATOR WHO ALWAYS HAS THE PATIENT IN MIND

8 February, 2017

Professor Helen McCarthy’s view is straightforward – ‘There’s no point in designing the most fantastic medicine in the world if you can’t deliver it to patients.’ She has followed that belief for the past 16 years.

Centre for Sustainable Energy

Bringing together environmental and energy analysis with emerging technologies to meet the challenges of long-term energy security.

DESIGNING NEW ADVANCES IN SUSTAINABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

8 February, 2017

In May 2016, the Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s, Professor Patrick Johnston, led a University team to China. They took part in a number of events, including launching a conference for early career researchers.

TURNING WASTE INTO ENERGY TO FUEL THE FUTURE

8 February, 2017

Dr Xiaolei Zhang describes her journey to Queen’s as ‘not that straightforward.’

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