Friday, 28 October 2016

CATCH Networking Lunch series celebrates first birthday with biggest event to date

Prof Lud de Witte speaking at the CATCH Networking Lunch

New CATCH Professor Luc de Witte and the pull of a sneaky peak of our new and improved Home Lab made the October event our most successful Networking Lunch to date.

More than 50 CATCH colleagues including academics, researchers and professional services staff joined collaborators from across the University and beyond to celebrate one year since the launch of the six weekly events.

Following a lively networking session, Professor Luc de Witte kicked off the talks by introducing himself, taking the audience through his recent work, research interests and his reasons for coming to Sheffield. We were delighted to hear that he shares our vision that  CATCH has the potential to become one of the leading centres for applied health research in the field of assistive technology and connected healthcare.

Rachel Dwyer, Research Development Officer for Medicine, Dentistry and Health then shared valuable tips with the room on finding current funding opportunities. Useful techniques like setting up alerts via funders’ websites so you hear first when calls go live as well as reviewing projects in your area that have previously been funded and looking out for future calls from that funder were recommended.

In a change to the usual Networking Lunch format, attendees then excitedly joined Anneliese Fraser and the team in the new and improved CATCH Home Lab to network over coffee and cake and discover how the facility can be used in upcoming research.

Speaking in the run up to the event, Professor Pam Enderby reiterated why these lunches are important: “So much more can be achieved by working together and the CATCH Networking Lunches are great to facilitate this!

The next Networking Lunch will be held on Wednesday 30th November from 12.15 - 14.00 in the Pemberton Lecture Theatre A, Regent Court. We’ll be joined by Marcus Crossley, Senior Project Engineer from the Medical AMRC as well as Dr Julie Robillard from the University of British Columbia whose research interests include emerging technologies related to dementia research and patient engagement.

We really hope that you will be able to join us. Please contact Laura Murray if you would like to be added to the delegate list.

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