After just dusting off the glitz and glamour from the European Researchers’ Night in London a couple of weeks ago, the Imperial team were out in force again with EDEN2020’se interactive pop-up science station. EDEN2020 showcased at the New Scientist Live 2019 along with other Imperial College London projects, at ExCeL London.
New Scientist Live is a science festival for everyone from the curious to the big thinkers. The 3-day event, replete with over 120 talks and150 exhibits is aimed to inspire. The masses of interactive experiences showcasing innovations, technologies and research in the world right now, is enjoyed by over 40,000 professionals, families and science lovers.
It was clear that the many people that came by the station were inspired. Indeed it was an at-first curiosity with the all too life-like gel-brain model! Their curiosity was quickly followed by awe as they dived into the interactive demos while learning about the real-world impact the project is working towards.
It was fantastic to have the festival-goers steering their brain (no pun intended) and discussing with the EDEN2020 team other applications of the steerable needle beyond robotic neurosurgery. The festival-goers’ creative ideas visualising EDEN2020’s impact beyond neurosurgery made nourishing thought for the EDEN2020 team.
Big congratulations to the team. It was great to connect with such a diverse group of attendees with academics, students and families of all ages learning about and being inspired by the EDEN2020 project.