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.

Fully loaded with heart, respiration and shoe sensors

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 Chris Cooper an expert in the physiology of top athletes and Dr Rob Harle, a lead researcher in the development of innovative video and body sensor technologies to aid the training of both novice and elite athletes.

Live tracking of body sensors for coaches

Professor Steve Haake, one of the UK’s top sports scientists, hosted this interactive and thought-provoking evening, featuring live athletics demonstrations and Dr David James on how far research and new technologies should be used in the quest to win gold.

Radio sensors added to a specially adapted shoe

Alzheimer’s Research Kings College London

Open day at the Institute of Psychiatry

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.

Using the fruit fly in the search for genetic markers

We made this film about the day and  a series of six shorter films for the IOP covering each specialisation from brain donation to the use of the fruit fly in the search for genetic markers for the disease.

It was clear to us on the day how many families are affected by Alzheimer’s and how much they value the opportunity to see the latest research developments and talk to scientists offering hope and comfort.

Click on the fruit fly to see the film.

New responsive click-track software lets drummers set their own pace

Dr Andrew Roberton in the recording studio at Queen Mary University, London

New software has been developed that gives drummers the freedom to speed up or slow down the pace of the music with any pre-programmed material following their lead.

It means that drummers will no longer have to keep time with a click track and the set beat of pre-recorded tracks that are are used during live performances and studio sessions.

The software has been developed by Dr Andrew Robertson, a Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, initially as part of his EPSRC-funded PhD project.

Robic Glockenspiel

Robotic Glockenspiel driven by 'B Keeper' Software

This film was made in a single day at Queen Mary University, London using A Sony Z5 HD camera and Canon 5 D Mk 2.

Thanks to Jane, Andrew and the two David’s for a great day working on this facinating project.

Click on the microphone image to see the film.

IMS Showreel

A short film illustrating the broad range of research and business activity we have helped to communicate across the UK.

Digital Economy Research Centres

Three new UK research centres will find new ways to use broadband and GPS technology to help disadvantaged groups participate in the UK digital economy.

Science and Design

The Impact Exhibition at the Royal College of Art was is a unique collaboration between science and design that explores the importance of engineering and physical sciences in all aspects of life.

Scientists and designers create a fantasy future

To communicate the impact of the research, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) co-ordinated a mixed media exhibition of original design proposals which explored the relationship between science and society.

Self healing infusion

The project paired 16 EPSRC funded research teams with designers from the Royal College of Art, Design Interactions Department to work together to produce conceptual designs. These include many mediums, including videos, photographs, interactive installations, prototypes, props and system diagrams and illustrations.

This film follows their experience.

1000 mph Car

This film follows the development of Bloodhound SSC. The Bloodhound team plans to break the world land speed record in South Africa next year in their rocket/turbine powered car. A two-camera shoot filmed in a single day in Bristol.

Bloodhound's powerplant

Green Racing Car

A spin in Warwick University’s remarkable racing car made from sustainable materials including potatoes and hemp. Built from recycled cars, plastic bottles and off-cuts from aeroplanes, the Formula 3 vehicle has a steering wheel made from carrot fibre and can run on biodiesel made from waste chocolate and stale wine.

The  car was developed for “green motorsport”  Showcasing cutting-edge materials technologies, the car is expected to reach a top speed of 135mph and can reach 60mph in 2.5 seconds.


Most of WorldFirst’s carbon fibre bodywork started life as aviation industry scrap and plastic soft drink bottles, while the steering wheel was built from the waste of juiced carrots.

The Worldfirst can run on 100 per cent biofuel made from fermented wine dregs and waste from chocolate factories

Green machine: The Worldfirst can run on 100 per cent biofuel made from fermented wine dregs and waste from chocolate factories

Microscopic fibres from the vegetable waste were mixed with a resin and moulded into a wheel.

‘It’s come out purple, but there may have been some beetroot in there,’ said Dr Kirwan, speaking at the British Festival of Science at the University of Surrey in Guildford. ‘But it’s a lovely shade of purple.’

The vehicle is powered by the stripped-down 230 horse power aluminium engine taken from a 2-litre BMW diesel.

It can run on 100 per cent biofuel made from fermented wine dregs and waste from chocolate factories. Chocolate waste is high in fat – and converts well into ‘green fuel’, Dr Kirwan said.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1211773/The-135mph-racing-car-built-recyclables-powered-vegetables-chocolate.html#ixzz143aTM6CV

This film was made from a single day’s filming at Rockingham Race Circuit. James filmed the moving shots from the back of a converted pick up truck.

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centres

Cranfield University is bringing science and business together to fast-track innovation in advanced manufacturing. This film shows some of the projects and the University’s potential to influence and help develop the UK economy.

Marine Energy

This film was commisioned by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) with the aim of highlighting research activity around drawing energy from the sea.

The film features key academics in the field tackling a wide range of challenges associated with wave and tidal power. Prototype devices exist for generating marine energy, but there is still a lot to learn about marine energy resources and ways to efficiently harness them and feed energy into networks. The SuperGen Marine Energy team in Edinburgh is aiming to provide solutions to ensure marine energy can make a significant contribution to the sustainable energy mix.