An Industrial Engagement Workshop with a difference took place on 9th September 2014 at the Hauser Forum, Cambridge.
Researchers from this department took part in a day of facilitated discussions with representatives of UNICEF and Oxfam. The workshop was organised by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and Cambridge Enterprise, with the support of EPSRC funding.
UNICEF have a need for a household-level water treatment solution for emergency situations, for use in the developing world. The brief was to conceive a device, which will not need electricity to run, will be durable, easy and intuitive to use and be affordable. Twenty one people from a wide range of departments attended. By the end of what proved to be a most enjoyable day, four very different concepts were presented. These were a biofilm system, a microfluidic device, a collapsible container and a solar thermal device.
The department has pledged to follow up the workshop with undergraduate projects to test some of the more promising concepts and hold follow-up discussions with UNICEF.