Inventors invited to bring their creations to Nottingham Contemporary

28 Oct 2011 09:46:10.593
Inspired by the weird and wonderful inventions in the current exhibition by Klaus Weber, budding inventors are being invited to bring their brainchildren to an Inventors Clinic at Nottingham Contemporary on Saturday 29th October, between 1pm–4pm.

Seven experts from The University of Nottingham will help to nurse their inventions out of the garden shed and into the shops. The experts will be on hand to give free, impartial, practical and business advice to anyone with an invention or idea they want to get off the ground.

If you are not an inventor yourself, there will still be plenty to interest you. Experience live demonstrations of some of the many inventions that have come from The University of Nottingham itself — including a heart rate monitor for babies, colour-changing window film, swirly pipes, and the Glo-yo hand hygiene training device.
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Dr George Rice, who runs the University’s Technology Demonstrator, said: “It’s very exciting to get a chance to exhibit some of our University inventions at Nottingham Contemporary.

“In doing this, we hope to inspire inventors of the future to build on the strong history of innovation in Nottingham — from Sir Peter Mansfield, who developed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners which are now used over 60 million times a year worldwide, through to our current crop of world-leading researchers.

“They’re dedicated to generating new knowledge and discoveries that will create products and services for the future. At Nottingham Contemporary this weekend, we’ll be showcasing technology that could be used by residents of the city in the next three to five years. If you come along, you’ll be able to say you saw it at Nottingham Contemporary first!”

Experts on hand from the University will include:

Technology — Dr George Rice, technology transfer expert

Digital — Dr Sue Jones, HORIZON Digital economy hub

Health — Dr Kim Hardie, Associate Professor and inventorProduct

Environment — Dr Gérald Busca, Environmental Technology Centre

Business — Paul Yeomans, Business Engagement and Innovation Services

Two other experts will talk about design and patents:

Design — Anna Pickering, The One Off Design Agency

Patents — Dr Simon Cooper, Adamson Jones Patent Agency

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Come and see what Nottingham’s scientific talent has produced and still produces, and get inspired to invent your own cutting-edge creations. There’s no need to book, just drop in for free.

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Notes to editors:
You can visit Nottingham Contemporary at Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB. It’s open Tuesday-Friday 10am-7pm, Bank Holidays and Saturdays 10am-6pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm. It’s closed on Mondays, except Bank Holidays during exhibitions. You can also visit their website at:

The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as “the embodiment of the modern international university”, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK’s top 10 and the world’s top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings.

It was named ‘Europe’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, a league table of the world’s most environmentally-friendly higher education institutions, which ranked Nottingham second in the world overall.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 40,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia. Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fund-raising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. For more, visit:  

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power. The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.

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Story credits

For media information please contact: Dr George Rice, Manager of the Technology Demonstrator at The University of Nottingham, at, +44 (0)115 823 2190; or Vicky at Nottingham Contemporary,, +44 (0)115 948 9750.
  Simon Butt

Simon Butt - Stakeholder Relations and Campaign Manager

Email: Phone: +44 (0)115 84 67156 Location: University Park

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