Co-Innovate – A Brunel University Event

This interactive event aims to inspire industry to connect with Brunel University Design for product and service innovation.

The event, on 18th September from 6.30pm – 9.00pm at the Michael Sterling Building, Brunel University, Uxbridge, is part of the London Design Festival one-day listings.

Brunel’s world leading design team will showcase their latest research projects in the areas of smart textiles, urban design, biomedical electronics, human centred design, biomimicry and sustainability.

They work for a diverse range of industry sectors solving business problems in areas such as medical, consumer, retail, transport, communications and technology. A drinks reception from 6.30pm will be followed by an interactive exhibition of Brunel Design Research.

Liam O’Toole, CEO at Arthritis Research UK, will give a keynote presentation on the challenges and aspirations within the “Living with Arthritis” space, including new ways of collaborating with end users, industry, research and design.

Come and discuss your innovation challenges, explore Brunel’s capabilities to address your business needs, and uncover new ways of working with Brunel.

You may discover funding opportunities to pay a proportion of the costs and be inspired to co-innovate.

The event is aimed at representatives from start-ups to large multinationals who are interested in, and have potential for, new product development in the broad areas covered by Brunel research.

The interactive exhibition of Brunel Design Research will include:

  • Biomimetics: Dr Richard Bonser’s research takes inspiration from nature. His latest European funded project is constructing a soft bodied octopus inspired robot leading to innovations in fabrication of waterproof skins, touch sensors and suckers.
  • Biomedical devices: Dr Xiau Liu’s team is creating low-power, high-reliability, miniaturised devices for medical and wearable technology applications.
  • Open innovation & the Artefact Café: Dr Sharon Baurley’s team, working as part of the £40M Horizon Digital Economy Research programme, is exploring how to enable people to design and create their own products and artefacts, using a suite of digital and fabrication technologies.
  • Inclusive Design: Dr Hua Dong’s research, including the ‘Design Bugs Out’ project with the NHS, Design Council and others, demonstrates how design can innovate in significant areas of human centred challenges, such as the “ageing society”.

More design research experts will be showing work in areas, including:

  • Urban Design – Professor Graeme Evans
  • Sustainable Design – Professor David Harrison
  • Human Centred Design – Professor Joseph Giacomin

For more information and to register for free, please email

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