CaDiR | Innovation Club Showcase

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We invite existing and prospective Innovation Club members to a showcase event on 10th November

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Date & Time: Wednesday 10th November | 15:00 – 16:30

Digital Futures 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).

This event will give an overview of each club and spotlight projects, facilities and potential collaboration opportunities between the clubs and Digital Futures themes.

What are the clubs?

There are currently six active club communities:

• VR@Manchester (Lead: Dr Paul Warren)

• Robotics (Leads: Prof. Angelo Cangelosi & Prof. Barry Lennox)

• 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 the clubs 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. Clubs will meet for coffee from early 2022, in addition to some meetings continuing virtually, and we will run a larger face to face showcase next spring.

Want to know more?

• Read more about Innovation clubs and sign up to be added to the monthly club outlook meetings and Teams channel: Research Lifecycle Programme | Design a research IT innovation community (Q) - Research Lifecycle Programme ( or email

• Sign up for the Digital Futures newsletter to hear about forthcoming events:

• If you have an idea for a club not currently running please let us know:

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Digital Futures is a highly interdisciplinary network which operates across the whole range of the University’s digital research.

The aim of Digital Futures is to present a coherent overview of our digital research activity to external stakeholders and bring together our research communities to explore new research areas and address strategic opportunities. 

We group our activity around themes that encapsulate our broad research capabilities and the challenges to which these can be applied. These themes do not operate as self-contained entities; however, there is considerable synergy and overlap between them, and many of our academics are involved in a number of capability and challenge themes.

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