Catalyst Research Seminar Interdisciplinary Research for Innovation: Myths, Facts and Case Studies 3/07/2013 - 9:00 to 2:15 Lancaster University Management School, Lecture Theatre 2.
Myth! Interdisciplinary research is inherently ‘good’. Good for whom? The ‘community’, businesses, the researchers themselves? Good for what? Incremental, radical, disruptive, mundane: what kind of innovation?
Join us as we launch LIFEMIRROR a new digital cinema project for our local and wider community to create, watch and discuss films made collectively with mobile phones.
Firstly we invite you to download our new app and participate from Sun 12 May. Every day use the LIFE MIRROR app, suggest new film ideas, vote on which films get made, and contribute your own 1-4 second clip to the film of the day.
Catalyst is going to support two new Launchpads; Lifemirror, led by Oliver Case, a Highwire research student at Lancaster, and Open Energy, led by Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Co-op, Manchester. They were chosen from six applications submitted in a round that closed on 12th December 2012 – all the applications were of high quality and the selection panel are encouraging those not supported this time to re-apply in future rounds.
#Pat contains a Raspberry Pi, powered from a USB hub which also connects it via USB to serial converters to a RFID reader and a thermal printer. Code written in Python loops waiting for an RFID chip to be found, when one is found it checks the email server for the latest message and then prints it via the thermal printer. With some further work the hardware and software could be refined (for example using GPIO instead of the USB->Serial converters), but as a rapidly prototyped proof of concept it works well.
Just before Christmas the Catalyst Team hot footed it over to Sociology!
We're now located in offices in Bowland North, Lancaster University.
PI Jon Whittle remains in InfoLab but has a hotdesk in Sociology.
This is all part of the strategy to foster interdisciplinarity - quite apart from getting lost every day for a month - the benefits are evident. Not only do we bump into more catalystas - especially those in sociology and at LICA but we maintain the links in InfoLab and discover new places to eat. All good!
After a year as Catalyst project manager, Erinma Ochu, has moved on to take up a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship at The University of Manchester where she'll be exploring the role of citizen science in biomedical research and how new technology and interactive storytelling might support it. She'll be testing out new approaches in partnership with Science Festivals and MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester). Catalystas wish her all the very best.
There has been a flurry of interest in demonstrating the impact of Catalyst research over the past three months. This has resulted in Catalyst's impact strategy which is shared in the key documents section and summarised on slideshare. It's a bit rough and ready and a bit linear but hopefully begins to identify ways in which the Catalyst research project can capture and demonstrating its wider impact on society.