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We’re pleased to announce that Professor Joan Farrer, Associate Dean of Enterprise & Innovation at the University of Portsmouth will be one of the key note speakers during Nucleus 2015.

The key note speech will discuss her research in:

DERMA (Design of Enabling-Regenerative Materials for Ageing) which engages the development of new healthcare technologies to improve the quality of life of the ageing.

Pontoon (Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies Fostering Social Inclusion) which is a project focusing on jobs, social inclusions and is underpinned by tools and methods from the digital economy.

Barrier Solutions in which research aims to create ‘smart’ textiles combining computer intelligence and digital communication to provide ‘early warning systems’ of over-exposure to the sun.

SHAKES (Structural Health Autonomic Kinetics for Earth Shifts) which textiles, architecture, computing and nanotechnology collaborators have developed an intelligent textile to be embedded into structural systems to sense movement and warn of potential structure failure.

Joan Farrer is a designer whose principle role has included EU and UK applied research-funded projects where R & D innovations include wellbeing for the body and the environment. She has worked with global brands, Government and NGOs for decades, this has informed her trans-disciplinary research, which stems from deep practical commercial knowledge of the industrial retail sector, in Fashion, Textiles, Fibre, Materials, Product Design R & D and brand development. Her Sustainable, ‘Smart’ materials innovative research includes Art and Design collaborations with Physical and Biomedical science, Computing, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. She and collaborators are developing new interdisciplinary funded proposals and publishing opportunities for pedagogic team research to inform the curriculum.

Joan Farrer commented: “I am really pleased to be representing the University of Portsmouth at Nucleus 2015. The event will all us to discuss the innovative work we are doing at the university and will be a great opportunity to meet interesting science and technology businesses.”

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