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The University of Strathclyde is showcasing its Images of Research gallery in the European Parliament today.

Based in the heart of Glasgow, it is a leading international technological university reputable for academic excellence with impact.

And its annual Images of Research competition was devised to provide a platform for research staff and students to demonstrate the wider impact of their work to the public.

The compelling images provide an insight to the wealth of the University’s research that will pave the way for new products and services, inform decision-making, influence policy, improve health and support sustainable economic growth in today’s world.

Janine Capaldi, Images of Research Co-ordinator, said: “The competition provides our researchers and academics with a fun way to reach out to the public and communicate the importance of our research. The images are accompanied by brief and simple explanations, and some entrants have also created short digital stories to provide further insight, making the exhibition very accessible to young and old alike.

“We hope the exhibition not only demonstrates the impact and value of our work but also inspires the next generation of researchers.”

Now in its seventh year, the competition is a firm feature in the University calendar. The resulting exhibition tour kicks off at Engage with Strathclyde – the University’s annual flagship events programme aimed at the public and industry, providing insight to its world-leading research and technologies – before travelling to venues across Scotland and now, for the first time, into the heart of Europe.

“Through our many partnerships with Universities, businesses and technology organisations across Europe, and through our membership of CESAER – the association of European Universities of Science and Technology – we are deeply involved in European innovation. We are therefore delighted that the Images of Research tour is making its international debut at the European Innovation Summit and we hope that it will provide delegates with an insight to the breadth of our research, its industrial and societal impact and to the creativity of our researchers,” added Professor Tim Bedford, Associate Principal for Research & Innovation.

The Gallery forms part of tonight’s closing ceremony of the European Innovation Summit, which includes a networking reception hosted by Innovators Magazine.

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