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What can research do for us? Tackling the big challenges

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Past event - 2021
19 May 7pm to 8pm
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Researchers at the University of Sheffield are passionate about tackling the great global challenges of our time. Our four flagship research institutes are working to decarbonise industries, improve food sustainability, pioneer new treatments for neurological conditions and help us all live healthier for longer. Join us at this panel Q&A session to find out how researchers are solving these big societal issues.

Sensory decline

Dr Francesca De Faveri (Post Doctoral Research Associate)
Dr Francesca De Faveri is a post doctoral researcher in the Department of Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield. She works in the Hearing Research Group lab on zebrafish models to investigate the adaptive responses of sensory neurons.

Dr De Faveri is working with colleagues in the Neuroscience Institute to understand the neurological processes involved in hearing loss with the goal of developing therapies to restoring hearing.

A healthy lifespan

Dr Liz Williams (Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition)
Dr Liz Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition in the Department of Oncology and Metabolism at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests are the role of diet in healthy ageing and the prevention of chronic disease.

Dr Williams is working with colleagues in the Healthy Lifespan Institute to investigate the role of lifestyle interventions in the promotion of a healthy lifespan.

Food security and sustainability

Dr Ellie Harrison (NERC Independent Research Fellow)
Dr Ellie Harrison is an evolutionary microbiologist in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Her research focusses on the ecology and evolution of microbial communities, particularly in the interactions between bacteria and the mobile genetic elements that infect them.

Dr Harrison is working with colleagues in the Institute for Sustainable Food to understand soil health and its implications for future food security.

Renewable energy

Dr Alastair Buckley (Senior Lecturer in Organic Electronics)
Dr Alastair Buckley is a senior Lecturer in Organic Electronics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield. His research is concerned with optoelectronics, photovoltaics and future energy systems.

Dr Buckley is working with colleagues in the Energy Institute to find ways of improving solar electricity generation and performance.