Innovation Clubs help to build communities of practice around key digital research technologies and provide a forum for researchers to share their knowledge, experience and practical skills in these areas.
Club activity aligns closely with Digital Futures theme communities, particularly in the six capability themes of Data Science & AI, Digital Trust & Security, Human centred Design, Social Media & Networks and Internet of Things, which will also be of interest to club members.
This activity is also part of wider IT club activity Computation and Data in research (CaDiR).
How do I participate?
- Register to be added to the monthly innovation club Outlook meetings and club Teams channels (email firstname.lastname@example.org with any issues gaining access to Teams channels)
- If you have an idea for an innovation club not currently running let us know: email@example.com
- Register for the Digital Futures newsletter to hear about complementary activity across Digital Futures theme communities: tinyurl.com/digitalfuturesuom
What are the clubs?
There are currently five active club communities:
- VR@Manchester (Lead: Dr Tony Payton)
- Mapping & GIS (Lead: Dr Jonny Huck)
- Additive Manufacturing (Lead: Dr Wajira Mirihanage)
- Imaging (Lead: Prof. Tim Cootes)
- Data Science (Leads: Dr David Wong, Dr Tingting Mu, Dr Matthew Thorpe)
How will it benefit me?
- Access to a mechanism to foster collaborative ideas and projects
- Opportunities to pool research technology resources, share equipment and the opportunity to collaborate with others in different fields and apply for technology-focused funding/grants together
- Opportunity to meet researchers across different disciplines with similar technology interest, but differing research questions
- Access to a robust community of Early Career Researchers to collaborate with
- Collaboration links with the Digital Futures research themes
What do clubs do?
Most clubs meet monthly to:
- Present their research and discuss sticking points that the community may be able to help them with
- Find new collaboration partners from across the University
- Ask questions within the community so that members can share experience/ideas to save time
- Share ideas on funding calls that are relevant to the community
- Share equipment (if free) and resources
- Discuss technology/methodology advances and provide advice on what to/not to buy
- Advertise talks that may be of interest to the community & widen participation across campus.
- Occasionally we are able to schedule a speaker in the research area.
Each club has a dedicated Microsoft Teams space to network, share research updates, ask for advice or input from other club members, and receive information about upcoming club meetings.
How do I sign up?
To sign up please click here.