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Robotics Summer Showcase 2021: summer-long programme of online events launches 5th May

We are excited to announce the official launch of our Robotics Summer Showcase programme! 

This unique summer-long showcase of the cutting-edge in UK robotics research and innovation will run from May to July. The showcase launches on Wednesday 5th May with an online Opening Ceremony (3-4pm BST), which will feature a welcome from the EPSRC UK-RAS Network Chair, Professor Robert Richardson, keynote speakers Dr James Chandler (University of Leeds), Dr Simon Watson (University of Manchester) and Dr Katrin Solveig Lohan (Heriot-Watt University), plus exclusive event previews.

This exciting inaugural showcase will run throughout May to July and offer a variety of free-to-register lectures, workshops, demonstrations and events from across the UK-RAS Network aimed at engaging the RAS community and helping to create meaningful connections and foster collaboration. 

For the first time, we are offering a full three months of stimulating and unique events that will demonstrate the exceptional depth and breadth of UK robotics and autonomous systems research and innovation – from soft robotics and medical robotics to industrial robots and remote inspection robotics. We are very excited to be able to offer this fantastic, wide-ranging programme to a diverse range of audiences, and to be facilitating a much-needed virtual community platform that will accelerate and drive forward even greater advances in these fields.

Prof. Robert Richardson (UK-RAS Network Chair)

The 3-month programme will culminate in virtual award ceremonies for the prestigious international Surgical Robot Challenge and Medical Robotics for Contagious Diseases Challenge, the much-anticipated launch of the UK-RAS Network 2021 White Papers, and conclude with the Robotics Summer Showcase Closing Ceremony (30th July, 4pm – 5pm BST).

Alongside the Robotics Summer Showcase, we will also be hosting the new UK Festival of Robotics (formerly UK Robotics Week) – a 7-day celebration aimed at engaging members of the public in robotics and intelligent systems. This exciting programme will run from 19th – 25th June and provide online events, competitions, and activities for robot enthusiasts of all ages.