ARC Life

Welcome to the June 2024 edition ARC Life!


This is your monthly guide looking ahead to what is happening in the ARC to keep you informed and provide opportunities to engage with events, workshops, and conferences.

Glasgow Science Festival will officially be underway from 6th – 16th June, with 100’s of events in venues across the city, almost all of which are free. Be sure to check out the full programme.

Browse the full GSF programme


Challenge Programme Director appointed

Dr Maria McPhillips has been appointed to the role of Challenge Programmes Director in the Research Services Directorate (RSD). The role will have professional oversight of Glasgow Changing Futures (GCF) and Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI). The new Challenge Programmes portfolio reflects the synergies between GCF and the SRI portfolio, whilst also recognising that GCF extends beyond research. A new role - GCF Senior Manager - will be advertised in the coming months. This role will have operational oversight of GCF activities and report into the Challenge Programmes Director. Congratulations, Maria! 


Free training on working with the media

The Being Human festival is hosting free training on working with the media and press on 25th July, at 11:00 - 12:30 online. The festival will also offer training for other topics. The full programme is available at: 

ARC Introducing

We continue our new monthly feature as we meet Prof Julien Reboud, who explains his fascinating work in Biomedical Engineering. 

" Our work is currently focused on developing new technologies for enabling medical diagnostics at the point-of-care, outside of hospitals, with a particular motivation to bring such capabilities to areas where they are not affordable, such as rural Africa for example. "

Prof Julien Reboud, Professor of Biomedical Engineering

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Connect & Collaborate

Events and workshops which provide a chance to connect with colleagues from across the University,

ARIA - Information and networking session with Prof Mark Symes, June 5, 10am – 12pm, ARC 237C, free, ticketed

Professor Mark Symes introduces the ARIA scheme and his remit as Programme Director, followed by options for Q&A and informal networking.


Project HeritAIge launch: St Giles Cathedral video game, 11 June, 11:00am – 1:00pm, ARC Studio 2 and online

The launch of the research-led historical video game for the 900th anniversary of St Giles' Cathedral, developed at the University of Glasgow, hosted by the ARC in collaboration with St Giles' and Education Evolved Ltd. Open to staff and students interested in history, technology, or gaming. 

‌Spaces are limited so booking is essential. To reserve a spot, email 

‌Further information on the project is available here.

Upcoming events, visits and workshops

Lord Kelvin 200: Beyond Absolute Zero Exhibition, 8 – 15 June & 25 June – 9 July, Exhibition Space 

The exhibition will include an immersive work by the artist Gregor Harvie, rarely seen artefacts from the University's Special Collections and interactive displays created with current University of Glasgow researchers.

Browse Lord Kelvin 200 events


Glasgow Science Festival, 6 – 16 June, various spaces in the ARC and beyond

Glasgow Science Festival returns for its 18th year, celebrating how research is transforming our lives, our cities, and our futures. There are numerous events across multiple venues, almost all of which are free. Here are some highlights which are happening in the ARC:

View the full GSF programme


Byres Hub Community Day8 June, 11am – 3pm, Clarice Pears Building, free, ticketed

Journey through escape room style fun challenges using your talents or some new skills you will learn along the way to ‘Transform Glasgow’s Health’ in less than one hour! Staff and students from the School of Health and Wellbeing and volunteers from the Hub groups will be on hand to share their knowledge and maybe even some clues!  Then design headlines you want to see about Glasgow's Health in ten years from now.

Book Byres Hub Community Day


Robots and Oranges Book Event, 8th June, 1pm – 2pm, West Fest book event, ticketed (£4)

Join award winning author Alan Windram in this highly interactive, fun-filled children’s event with his latest One Button Benny picture book, ‘One Button Benny and the Dinosaur Dilemma’ and his brand-new book ‘Kevin The Orange’. Suitable for families and children from 3 to 6 years. 

Find out more and book


West Fest Ceilidh, 15th June, 1pm, St Mungo Square outside the ARC, free, drop-in

Part of WestFest, the Glasgow Folk Music Workshop the ARC present the annual outdoor ceilidh in St Mungo Square. Dance to traditional folk music plus a few modern numbers. 


Kelvin Bicentenary Symposium26 June, the ARC

‌The College of Science and Engineering celebrates the 200th anniversary of Lord Kelvin’s birth with a symposium featuring talks on measurement, communication, chirality and thermodynamics which connect Kelvin’s legacy to the challenges we face today. The event is framed by two public lectures on the evenings of 25 and 26 June at 6pm.

Register for the Kelvin Bicentenary Symposium


Refugee Week


‌‌SUN at the ARC17 – 21 June, free, drop-in

‌Springburn Unity Network (SUN) aims to tackle social isolation with a specific peer-led focus on migrants. They seek to build supportive relationships between all people in Springburn by overcoming barriers to friendship. 

Artist Mandy McIntosh has been working with SUN on a project developed in parallel with artist Cathy Wilkes’ commission for The Hunterian and Imperial War Museums 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund. This event incorporates a drop-in language class on the 15th, a workshop on the 16th, and an exhibition from 19th – 21st June. All welcome to drop in, meet the group and take part in activities. If you would like to learn more about this event, email


Solidarity stories from the Yugoslav wars: Marzabotto/Bologna to Glasgow, 17 June, 4pm – 6:30pm, ARC 237C, free, ticketed

This event explores activism and social-political understanding during the Yugoslav wars, comparing experiences in Glasgow and Bologna. Join us for a photo exhibition, interactive tour, and round table discussion on the legacies of solidarity and activism, featuring video interviews from Marzabotto/Bologna.

Book Solidarity Stories event


If you would like to host an event or develop an engagement activity, please contact the ARC’s Event & Engagement Team to discuss your ideas.  

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Research news

Primary Engineer Awards 

On May 24th, 120 pupils and families from across Scotland attended the Primary Engineer awards ceremony and exhibition at The ARC.

Primary Engineer, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2005, encourages young people to pursue STEM related careers. Annually, thousands of students (ages 3-19) propose engineering solutions which are graded by engineering professionals. 


Designing Future Experiences

‌The value of exhibition spaces as creative environments for collaborative, multidisciplinary research, exhibitions, and audiences

This insights report highlights the value of exhibition spaces as creative environments for collaborative, multidisciplinary research, exhibitions, and audiences. It draws on experiences and insight gained from holding an experiential exhibition on ‘Designing Future Experiences: Looking into Living & Working in 2033’ which took place in the University of Glasgow’s Advanced Research Centre (ARC) exhibition space. Whilst focused on the ARC exhibition space, the insight gained from this experience is relevant to other exhibition and installation spaces seeking to add value as creative partners in collaborative research.

Contributors: Nicol Keith, Kirsty Ross, Hannah Campbell, Patrick McCrum, Valentina Uribe, Fraser Rowan


New ARC-XR project explores the spatial dimension of human-drone interactions

Can you imagine working alongside a small flying device that serves coffee in the office? Or a personal flying bodyguard accompanying your kids to school? If so, how would these machines look? What sound would they make, and how would they behave around people?

Robin Bretin, a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow is embarking upon a new project this month in the ARC-XR lab using virtual reality as a test bed to broaden the field of possibilities beyond current technological feasibility and shape tomorrow’s drone design. Good luck with the project, Robin!

Operations update

Over the past few weeks, the ARC has been bustling with activity, hosting several distinguished visitors and important events, including:

  • ‌On 25th April, a roundtable discussion with representatives from the UK and Scottish Governments, organised by Michael O’Brien. 
  • ‌On 3rd May, a visit from the Lower Saxony Ministerial Delegation.
  • On 10th May, the 1969 medics reunion group, led by Alisdair Shaw, bringing together alumni and current members for a memorable event. 
  • ‌On 14th May, a meeting of the UK Parliament Culture, Media and Sport Committee, with Michael O’Brien once again providing support. 

‌Each of these visits has enriched our community, fostering collaboration and celebrating our shared achievements.

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