Making an IMPACT

An example of a project on show at the IMPACT! exhibition

Heriot-Watt University is taking part in an innovative exhibition aimed at exploring the impacts, implications and possibilities created by pioneering science and engineering.

Professor Marc Desmulliez, EECE Research Co-ordinator, Head of MIcrosystems Engineering Centre (MISEC), in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, led a 3-D Mintegration Grand Challenge project, one of 16 design projects showcased at the event.

Each of the design projects was created by designers from the Royal College of Art in collaboration with the researchers and is based on a research project or research centre supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The IMPACT! exhibition is being held at the Royal College of Art in London from 16 to 21 March. Admission is free.

According to the designer who worked on the Heriot-Watt University project its technology could unleash the potential for the creation of portable factories that could make goods in a batch of one, customizable and available immediately.

The EPSRC is the UK's main funder of science and engineering research, investing around £800 million a year in world class research and training. This research tackles some of the most difficult issues facing the world today, such as climate change, fighting crime, and improving transport and healthcare.

The IMPACT! exhibition is just one aspect of EPSRC's wider IMPACT! campaign, which aims to show why engineering and the physical sciences are vital for our future.