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Return of the Brunel Research Festival: celebrating our world-leading research


The Brunel Research Festival returns next month for a packed programme showcasing how our research delivers creative solutions to industrial and global challenges, for the benefit of individuals, societies, economies and the planet. 

Beginning on Monday 9 May and continuing through to Tuesday 31 May, the Festival is filled with online and on-campus activities celebrating the impact of our world-leading research. 

Helping buildings reach Net Zero targets, reducing food waste, realising the economic opportunities of refugees, and representing history through video games are a few of the topics of sessions that will be led by academics from across our Research Institutes, Centres and Groups, along with several invited speakers. 

The sessions are aimed at academic and industrial colleagues and collaborators, whether we're working with you yet or ought to – as well as for community stakeholders and members of the public. 

To browse the Festival programme and register for events, visit

Professor Rebecca Lingwood, Brunel University London's Provost, said: "It will be a great pleasure for us to welcome industry partners, academic collaborators and our local community to take part in this month-long celebration of our research.  

"Last year's Festival was an online-only showcase of our research projects and their impact, and our strategic focus on research growth. This year we are looking forward to valuable in-person events, including lab tours, research demonstrations and community conversations, in addition to events that work best online. 

"We have much to be proud of and a lot of 'Grand Challenges' to tackle. In addition to being a celebration, the Brunel Research Festival will show the direction of our research and invites collaboration with partners locally and from across the globe." 

Highlights of the programme include: 

  • Open Days hosted by all our Institutes – including lab tours, research demos, spotlights on our expertise and impact, and opportunities to get involved with our research
  • Community Conversations, a series of collaborative explorations of:
    • Uxbridge reimagined
    • Reducing food waste
    • Isolation and loneliness
    • Domestic abuse and the courts 
  • Brunel Research Interdisciplinary Masterclasses, covering research proposals, media and engagement, working with non-academic stakeholders, and more 
  • A return to in-person celebrations for our Doctoral Research Poster Conference 
  • A very lively day of history festivities, exploring some of history's most challenging questions; join us in confronting the past in the present
  • Open Lectures on topics including:
    • The wealth of refugees: how displaced people can build economies
    • Engineers solve problems: what is the skillset for our problem-solvers of the future? 
  • A showcase of how Brunel research is informing and enhancing public life.

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Joe Buchanunn, Media Relations
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