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Press Invitation: Summer show for Imperial scientists


For Immediate Use
27 June 2001

Cutting edge research from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine will be showcased at The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition which opens next week.

Two teams from Imperial College have been picked along with 21 research teams to exhibit at the annual show which provides an opportunity to see some of the best UK science and technology in action.

Journalists wishing to attend the press preview at The Royal Society on Tuesday 2 July at 9.30am should call 020 7451 2581 to register.

Led by Professor Dick Kitney, a team from the Department of Bioengineering (formerly known as the Department of Biological and Medical Systems) presents a stand called 'Looking inside the body'. The exhibit shows how non-invasive surgical techniques are revolutionising the field of medicine and how their diagnostic capabilities are being improved using advanced computing techniques. Using posters, presentations and live demonstrations, visitors to the stand will learn how tools such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can be used to create 3-D representations of the human body in a virtual-reality setting.

Professor Mike Warner's team from the T H Huxley School of Environment, Earth Science and Engineering presents an exhibit called 'Deep impact: the true story'. This exhibit examines a meteorite impact in Mexico 65 million years ago and its link to a mass extinction which occurred around the same time, wiping out the dinosaurs. A real-time simulation of the meteorite's impact and fossil specimens provide visitors with the opportunity to learn about the event, its possible evolutionary consequences and understand how researchers are using this information to determine the environmental effects of past and future impacts.

Open to the public and free to enter, the Summer Science Exhibition is a once a year opportunity not only to see the latest science but to talk to scientists about their work and how it might improve our lives in the future.

Executive Secretary of the Royal Society, Stephen Cox said: "This year's Summer Science Exhibition really does have the very best of science on show and is a highlight of the UK's science calendar, attracting thousands of people every year. The teams from Imperial College went through a rigorous selection process and have done extremely well to be among the 23 selected."

Professor Kitney added: " It is indeed a great honour to represent Imperial College at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition. This is a very important event because it allows us to talk to a broad cross section of the public about our work."

The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, will be held 3-5 July at The Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG.

For more information about The Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition call: 020 7451 2581 or visit the web-site: www.royalsoc.ac.uk

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