Welcome to IMS – the research specialists.

We help universities, research organisations and government demonstrate impact and engage the public with short films.  See some of our highlights over the last 18 months in a minute.

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Institute of Psychiatry – The Hub

This film is a short version of a film made over three days to showcase the IOP’s world leading research base and new facilities for both students and researchers. We aimed to show anyone interested in Psychiatry that the IOP was the leading institution in the UK both to study and progress the science. Thanks […]

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How buildings and the atmosphere interact

Professor Janet Barlow is an Urban Meteorologist. One of her research interests is how the dash to make buildings more energy efficient may be neglecting the comfort and performance of the people who work in them. Janet argues that The knowledge economy represents about 12% of UK GDP so we need to think about how […]

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Cardiff hill fort dig

A Medieval hill fort sits quietly within a social housing estate near the centre of Cardiff. This short features Archaeologists from Cardiff University who have brought together the community that live in the estate around the site to help excavate some of its treasures. The dig is just one example of themes funded by the […]

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Improving early literacy in Sheffield

This short was one of six films featuring the award winners of the Economic and Social Research Council’s ‘Impact Awards’. Professor Cathy Nutbrown’s work aims to improve the life chances of young children from marginalised backgrounds by helping parents with the skills needed to develop reading and writing. The project has had remarkable results and […]

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Digital Transfromations

This was a fun event and a chance to play with some special effects. A day at the Mermaid Centre in London where the AHRC brought together some talented researchers working at the interesection of the digitial and arts and humanities. The day was packed full of performances, presentations, discussions, demonstrations, networking and debate. The […]

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Biomedical Research Centre

This short is a to camera introduction to the new Biomedical Research Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry. King’s College London. The NIHR Biomedical Research Centres (BRC’s) drive progress on innovation in biomedicine into NHS practice. The lab has been set up to collect and analyse thousands of blood samples from psychiatric patients to provide […]

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3D Virtual Dentist

This film was originally produced as part of a series for the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science. Using new 3D computer technology, young dentists at King’s College are now able to practice filling cavities and other more complex procedures over and over again developing their skills so they are much less […]

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Political Posters

Political posters was the subject of Dr Chris Burgess’ s PhD. Chris’ s analysis culminated in an exhibition of  a selection of posters  in 2012 at Manchester’s People’s History Museum with funding from the AHRC. The Museum has more than 12,000 posters in its archives. In this film Chris provides some insight into the messages both hidden and unintended in […]

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University of Nottingham – Research for Growth

University of  Nottingham Vice-Chancellor David Greenaway takes us on a tour of the ground-breaking research in basic and applied physical sciences and how different technologies will help the UK achieve growth and  international excellence. This film was commissioned by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council reflecting their £150 million investment in strategic research at Nottingham. Nottingham’s Nano Science Laboratory

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Hajj – Journey to the heart of Islam

The Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca. It is incumbent upon Muslims to go on Hajj once in their lifetimes.  British Museum curator Venetia Porter talks us through her stunning exhibition in this film commissioned by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Saudi artist Ahmad Maatar’s ‘Magnetism’. A tiny magnet. Around it iron filings. The iron […]

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The Science Behind Athletics

This film was made a part of a series on the science behind sport for the Royal Institution and Research Councils UK. Modern athletics draws on a huge variety of cutting-edge research to push the boundaries of achievement. In the dramatic setting of Sheffield’s EIS, Team GB legend Roger Black was joined by by Professor […]

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Alzheimer’s Research Kings College London

This film follows the work of Professor Simon Lovestone and a dedicated team at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. Every year the IOP open their doors to the public to look at different research areas tackling Alzheimer’s. We made this film about the day and  a series of six shorter films for the […]

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