150 Research and Innovation Stories
In celebration of the University’s 150th Anniversary, we are publishing 150 stories on the Research and Innovation that has been conducted at Aberystwyth during its history. A number of stories will be published each week during this anniversary year.
1. Talwrn of the Young Poets
This project gave hundreds of pupils a first taste of the talwrn's short, catchy, funny and intense poems.
Eurig SalisburyDiscover more
2. Bringing solar system astronomy to the forefront of Welsh cultural life
Astronomy has become a central theme for several aspects of Welsh culture through the activities of the RAS200 project: ‘Astronomy and Geophysics through the Traditional Culture of Wales’.
Dr Huw MorganDiscover more
3. Nuclear weapons in world affairs
Since the 1960s the Department has been prominent internationally in researching the manifold dimensions of nuclear weapons.
Professor Ken BoothDiscover more
4. Developing technology for assisting independent living
Aberystwyth University are developing a new Smart Home Lab.
Dr Patricia ShawDiscover more
5. Development of performance-enhancing warm-up procedures for athletic events
The Human Performance Research Group at Aberystwyth University developed a novel high- intensity "warm-up" regime, known as "priming exercise".
Dr Rhys ThatcherDiscover more
6. Youth Justice Prevention Evaluation
The Youth Justice Board commissioned Ceredigion Youth Justice and Prevention Service (YJPS), working with Aberystwyth University, to be a pathfinder project.
Dr Gareth NorrisDiscover more
7. The Persians, Coriolan/us and …’: a series of site-specific performances
Departmental staff, Mike Brookes and Simon Banham and the late Mike Pearson, conceived, designed and directed theatre productions of Aeschylus's The Persians (2010) for National Theatre Wales (NTW).
Professor Simon Banham, Dr Mike BrookesDiscover more
8. Exploring the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Learners in Wales
Contrary to the often-used phrase ‘learning loss’, many Welsh school pupils benefitted from different learning experiences as they adapted to the change to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research involving Aberystwyth academics.
Prysor Mason DaviesDiscover more
9. GFS report recommends new tool for age-old food waste problem
In a new report for UKRI’s Global Food Security (GFS) programme, early career researchers have advised how TCA could help reduce loss and waste across the food system.
Dr Siobhan MadersonDiscover more
10. Reducing reliance on imported protein feed within a ruminant supply chain
Livestock provide one third of the protein consumed by humans. Alternatives to imported soya, a key protein component of ruminant diets, are needed to provide food security.
Dr Christina MarleyDiscover more
11. Writing Long Covid
This project is the first stage of an investigation into how creative writing could affect the management of long Covid.
Dr Jacqueline YallopDiscover more
12. Imprint: Medieval history informing science and heritage
The AHRC-funded Imprint project used innovative scientific techniques and historical research to bring the past alive in new ways, and to contribute to key developments in forensic investigation.
Dr Elizabeth NewDiscover more
13. Are men funnier than women?
We tested whether the stereotype that men are funnier than women is true.
Dr Gil GreengrossDiscover more
14. Centre for Photonics Expertise
The Centre for Photonics Expertise (CPE) is a pan-Wales team from four Welsh universities, including Aberystwyth University, draws on their leading research, to offer light-based technological solutions to businesses across Wales.
Prof Andrew Evans, Dr Matt Gunn, Dr Rachel Cross, Dr Dave Langstaff, Dr Huw MorganDiscover more
15. Amlinelliad/Outline: Art-science collaborations in an era of environmental, social, and technological change
A collaborative project between Aberystwyth University and the charity Art+Science that is addressing these questions.
Prof Stephen ToothDiscover more
16. Foams as liquid filters
We develop computer simulations to model aqueous foams, a class of complex fluids that have many applications.
Dr Tudur DaviesDiscover more
17. Transforming Behavioural Public Policy Delivery and Practitioner Practices through the MBBI Programme
Research at Aberystwyth University developed a MBBI (Mindfulness Based Behavioural Insights and Decision Making) training programme.
Prof Mark WhiteheadDiscover more
18. Climate Change and Democracy
Aberystwyth researchers lead in rethinking democratic politics in context of contemporary global and local challenges:
Prof Milja Kurki, Harry WarneDiscover more
19. Genome sequencing speeds up carbon-cutting potential of Miscanthus grass
This grass species first attracted attention as a possible energy source, but new research shows it could cut carbon emissions in several ways.
Prof Iain DonnisonDiscover more
20. Intersectional Politics of Antagonism in Peacebuilding (IPAP)
This Marie-Curie research is developed at Aberystwyth University’s Department of International Politics.
Dr Sonia Garzon RamirezDiscover more
21. Coastal Uplands: Heritage and Tourism
The project seeks to use the cultural and natural heritage of the coastal uplands of the Cambrian, Preseli, Wicklow and Blackstairs Mountains as a way of promoting sustainable tourism within these areas.
Prof Rhys JonesDiscover more
22. Medieval Famine
In the decades either side of 1300 most of northern Europe was hit by a series of extreme weather events leading to significant harvest failure.
Prof Phillipp SchofieldDiscover more
23. Contribution to Devolved Legislation and Accessibility of Law in Wales
Catrin Fflûr Huws’s work on devolution on the divergence between English and Welsh law, particularly with reference to the accessibility of Welsh law, and its accessibility in both the Welsh and English languages has had a major impact on public policy.
Dr Catrin Fflur HuwsDiscover more
24. Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR)
CADR aims to improve the lives of older people and carers through the integration of research on ageing, policy and practice.
Prof Charles MusselwhiteDiscover more
25. Solar Corona
This research is concerned with the Sun’s mysterious atmosphere known as the corona.
Dr Youra TaroyanDiscover more
26. (Un-)Stitching Gazes in Colombia
This collaborative project with Colombian colleagues studied the reintegration of FARC ex-combatants into society after the 2016 Colombian peace agreement.
Prof Berit Bliesemann de GuevaraDiscover more
27. The impact of Anxiety on balance using the CO2 challenge model
The project investigated the relationship between anxiety and changes in balance.
Dr Alexander TaylorDiscover more
28. Autonomous off-road driving
Aber researchers have developed a system that allows a vehicle to autonomously drive across fields and along ill-defined tracks, such as grass and mud.
Dr Frédéric LabrosseDiscover more
29. The Anglo-Norman Dictionary (AND)
Our team of researchers work on the ongoing revision of a dictionary of Anglo-Norman – the French language as it was used in the British Isles during the medieval period (1066-1500).
Dr Geert De Wilde, Dr Heather PaganDiscover more
30. 100 Voices of the BBC – Entertaining the U.K.
Jamie curated the website, and wrote a number of the entries, drawing on the BBC’s extensive oral history archive.
Prof Jamie MedhurstDiscover more
31. Breeding highly persistent clover varieties has a positive impact on the sustainability of livestock farming
Aberystwyth University research and breeding programmes have generated highly persistent clover varieties.
Dr Catherine HowarthDiscover more
32. Supporting the psychosocial needs of palliative care and cancer patients through the use of telehealth
Aberystwyth University’s Centre of Excellence in Rural Health Research, led by Dr Rachel Rahman, has examined the use of telemedicine to improve rural access to health services.
Dr Rachel RahmanDiscover more
33. Multiple Impressions: Expanding Contemporary Printmaking Practices
Through practice-as-research, publications, exhibitions, masterclasses, print portfolios, international collaborations and global networking, Croft has enhanced the understanding of contemporary printmaking and provided new opportunities for public audiences to experience and engage with such practices.
Paul CroftDiscover more
34. Promoting healthy lifestyles in older adults
Aberystwyth University are promoting healthy eating and a physically active lifestyle.
Dr Marco ArkesteijnDiscover more
35. Historical Literature / Contemporary Debates
Professor Richard Marggraf Turley explored connections between the work of major historical writers and artists and current societal challenges around food security and surveillance culture.
Prof Richard Marggraf TurleyDiscover more
36. Living Earth – a globally applicable approach to land monitoring and planning
Living Earth is a globally applicable method of generating consistent characterisation, mapping and monitoring from Earth observation data.
Prof Richard Lucas, Dr Carole Planque, Dr Suvarna Punalekar, Sebastien Chognard, Clive HurfordDiscover more
37. Foams in Space
Aberystwyth University is one of several institutions worldwide involved in the experiments on foams being carried out on the International Space Station.
Prof Simon CoxDiscover more
38. Training the Next Generation of Artificial Intelligence Researchers
Cory and Lily were our first UKRI CDT-AIMLAC funded PhD students, which contains additional AI training and a 6 month industry placement.
Cory Thomas, Lily Major, Prof Reyer ZwiggelaarDiscover more
39. Sustainable Utopias: Changing attitudes and approaches to community-building, heritage consumption and food ethics
Dr Jacqueline Yallop’s research on urban and rural utopian visions has enabled readers of her writing, and participants in associated projects, to make sustainable lifestyle changes for themselves and their communities.
Dr Jacqueline YallopDiscover more
40. Crawling to the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference
On Saturday 6th November 2021, I crawled with a 6 year old potted Scots Pine on my back through Glasgow City Centre.
Miranda WhallDiscover more
41. Veterans Legal Link: Improving access to justice for vulnerable veterans and their families
Olusanya developed the Veterans Legal Link (VLL), a Wales-wide military-focused multi-agency health-justice project.
Dr Olaoluwa OlusanyaDiscover more
42. Climate change adaptation through ecologically-sensitive coastal infrastructure
ECOSTRUCTURE is a €5.5 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project through the Ireland-Wales Cooperation programme, bringing together five leading universities in Wales and Ireland to research and raise awareness of eco-engineering solutions to the challenge of coastal adaptation to climate change.
Dr Joe IronsideDiscover more
43. The price of conscience - T. H. Parry-Williams and the Shadow of the Great War
A critique of the circumstances that led to the resignation of T. H. Parry-Williams in 1919-1920 when he spent that academic year as a science student with the intention of becoming a doctor or vet.
Dr Bleddyn HuwsDiscover more
44. Antimicrobial Stewardship for Welsh farm vets
Aberystwyth University have established a national network of Veterinary Prescribing Champions across Wales who work to improve antibiotic prescribing on Welsh farms and tackle the global challenge of antibiotic resistance.
Dr Gwenllian ReesDiscover more
45. Measurement resources in quantum information theory
This project develops mathematical models for measurements used in quantum information processing.
Dr Jukka KiukasDiscover more
46. Software engineering for space exploration
We are developing parts of the software processing pipeline and a scientific analysis tool for ESA’s ExoMars PanCam camera system.
Dr Matt Gunn, Dr Helen MilesDiscover more
47. World AIDS day
In 2008, the Department of International Politics was awarded a UNESCO Chair for research in HIV/AIDS and health security in Africa.
Prof Colin McInnesDiscover more
48. Capel: The Lights are On: generating new ways of thinking that influence creative practice
The site-specific performance Capel: The Lights are On increased public understanding of the importance of place and belonging and empowered people with learning disability to articulate cultural capital and heritage through creative intervention.
Dr Margaret AmesDiscover more
49. The conservation and protection of grassland fungi
Researchers at Aberystwyth University (AU) developed a novel DNA metabarcoding method using soil eDNA, and deployed it as a method for rapid assessment of fungal biodiversity in grassland habitats.
Prof Gareth GriffithDiscover more
50. Women and health
We use concepts such as Foucault’s notion of power to explore the wider social forces that shape women’s experiences, and the ways that women manage social expectations of physical and mental health.
Dr Martine RobsonDiscover more
51. Independence movements in Europe
Researchers from the Centre for Welsh Politics and Society have examined the constitutional claims made by independence movements across Europe, and how these are framed.
Dr Anwen Elias, Dr Elin Royles, Dr Nuria Franco Guillen, Dr Catrin Wyn Edwards, Dr Huw LewisDiscover more
52. Himalayan glaciers response to climate change
In the high rugged Himalaya, there are high concerns about changing glaciers, and associated features such as moraine-dammed and ice-dammed lakes and debris cover, particularly with regards to potential lake outburst floods, which can have disastrous consequences downstream.
Dr Tristram Irvine-Fynn, Prof Neil GlasserDiscover more
53. The sky was clearer in those days
Award winning artists and researchers from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies publicly dismantle a used family car, breaking down its constituent elements over five days of expansive public performance.
Dr Mike Brookes, Dr Rosa CasadoDiscover more
54. Automatically discovering major usability issues in e-Commerce sites via machine learning
New data mining algorithms have been developed to effectively and efficiently discover usability issues in e-Commerce sites, employing UserReplay’s analytics solutions utilising our work, saving significant amounts of money for businesses globally.
Dr Richard JensenDiscover more
55. Growth, Rural Resilience and Innovation Network (GRRaIN)
Aberystwyth University prides itself on being regarded as an entrepreneurial, research and teaching institution.
Dr Wyn MorrisDiscover more
56. Reshaping the Welsh landscape to achieve potential of upland agriculture
Wales is well known for its green hills covered in permanent pasture for livestock.
Dr Muhammad Naveed ArshadDiscover more
57. Scientific Futures: History Informing Tomorrow’s World
Professor Iwan Morus worked with key beneficiaries to explore the ways in which narratives about the future were made in different historical settings.
Prof Iwan MorusDiscover more
58. Sheep farmers
‘Ni Yw’r Ddiadell’ was commissioned by Ceredigion museum for their exhibition Defaid/Sheep in 2019.
Dr Ffion JonesDiscover more
59. Transport and Health Integrated Research Network (THINK)
THINK aims to integrate transport and health through examining:
Prof Charles MusselwhiteDiscover more
60. Robotics Clubs, Informal Education and Technological Development in Iraq
This interdisciplinary project investigated how robotics clubs can benefit young learners and be a mode of development assistance.
Prof Milja Kurki, Dr Patricia ShawDiscover more
61. Enhancing Civilian Protection Practices of Nonviolent Peaceforce
Adopting the method designed through Prof. Bliesemann de Guevara’s research enabled Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) Myanmar to address problems of limited physical, linguistic and cultural access to beneficiary communities in an effective manner.
Prof Berit Bliesemann de GuevaraDiscover more
62. Developing crops to help stem Africa’s growing diabetes problem
A project led by scientists at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) to develop crops – specifically varieties and hybrids of pearl millet – which can thrive in Sub-Saharan Africa, providing a resilient and diabetes friendly food source for local populations.
Prof Rattan YadavDiscover more
63. Professor Lily Newton
Lily Newton came to Aberystwyth in 1928 taking up a post as a lecturer in Botany, becoming the university’s first female head of department as professor and chair of Botany in 1930.
Dr Jessica AdamsDiscover more
64. Scientists to help forecast space weather threats
The SWEEP (Space Weather Empirical Ensemble Package) project is a multi-institutional project, led by Aberystwyth, and funded through the SWIMMR fund as part of the UKRI’s Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF).
Dr Huw MorganDiscover more
65. Professor George A Schott
George A Schott joined the Physics Department at Aberystwyth as a lecturer in 1892 and was appointed Head of Applied Mathematics in 1909.
Prof Eleri Pryse, Prof Andrew EvansDiscover more
66. Aber Instruments celebrates 35th anniversary
Established in January 1988 as one of the University’s first spin-out companies, Aber Instruments supplies fermentation monitoring systems world-wide for the fast and accurate measurement of biomass concentration.
Prof Hazel DaveyDiscover more
67. Kindertransport: William Dienemen's story
Dr Andrea Hammel has researched refugees who fled from National Socialism to the UK for over twenty years, most recently focussing on child refugees and on refugees finding refuge in Wales.
Dr Andrea HammelDiscover more
68. Fly’s eye view approaches to improve the colour of control devices for tsetse fly
Tsetse flies transmit Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT, sleeping sickness), and Animal African Trypanosomiasis (AAT, nagana), which are a significant burden on rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Roger SanterDiscover more
69. What can literature and climate science teach us about the Tambora (1816) eruption with respect to global warming?
The cataclysmic eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 led to “The Year Without a Summer”, when many ecological and societal impacts, including crop failures, are estimated to have led to the deaths of possibly over 100,000 people.
Dr Louise MarshallDiscover more
70. Flash floods in deserts/drylands
Wetlands in drylands are commonly overlooked but provide a range of vital ecosystems services at local, regional and global levels.
Prof Stephen ToothDiscover more
71. Enhancing knowledge and empowering understanding of Welsh-language poetry beyond Wales
Eurig’s work has introduced new perspectives to discussions of historical and contemporary strict-metre verse and its practice, within Wales and on an international stage.
Eurig SalisburyDiscover more
72. Welsh language music videos
An investigation into the past, present and future of the Welsh language music video, working collaboratively with producers, directors, broadcasters, artists and fans to establish what makes them unique in political, cultural and aesthetic terms.
Dr Kate Woodward, Dr Greg BevanDiscover more
73. Computer science education
The Playful Coding project investigated computing activities for 6-16 year-olds.
Dr Hannah DeeDiscover more
74. Inner Workings: How we understand and imagine the inside of the human body
‘Inner Workings’ is a project that seeks to examine the human body from the perspective of our imaginations through history.
Dr Alice VernonDiscover more
75. Eradication of child and adult mortality from lead poisoning following community resettlement: Mitrovica, Kosovo
The results of commissioned research by Aberystwyth University (AU) have shaped decision-making that led to the relocation of refugee Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian (RAE) communities in Mitrovica, northern Kosovo.
Prof Paul BrewerDiscover more
76. Stress and coping in Cancer Nurse Specialists
This project seeks to understand how cancer nurse specialists discuss stress and coping in their role with a view to better informing the contributing factors of stress and burnout.
Kimberley Walker, Dr Simon Payne, Dr Rachel RahmanDiscover more
77. What lurks inside a fatberg?
Parasitology experts Professor Jo Hamilton and Dr Justin Pachebat, now part of our Department of Life Sciences, were commissioned by the BBC Science Unit to undertake a molecular analysis of a fatberg and look for parasites and bacteria.
Prof Joanne Hamilton, Dr Justin PachebatDiscover more
78. Carbon Capture and Underground Storage
Together with Rockfield Software Ltd we develop numerical methods for Carbon Capture and Underground Storage (CCUS).
Prof Gennady MishurisDiscover more
79. Do You See Me?
Directed by Christian Gordine and produced by Dewis Choice. This film highlights the lived experiences of older LGBTQ+ victim survivors.
Sarah WydallDiscover more
80. Yellow Gold – daffodil-derived galanthamine production in the uplands
Galantamine is a pharmaceutical compound that has been an approved Alzheimer’s Disease treatment since 1998.
Prof Mariecia FraserDiscover more
81. Urine biomarkers of dietary exposure to improve health and well-being
Our research has led to impact on professional practice and policy, health and well-being, commercial benefits and public understanding.
Prof John DraperDiscover more
82. The cinema of Cuba: contemporary film and the legacy of revolution
With a British Academy and Aberystwyth University support, a seminar series in both Aberystwyth and Havana, Cuba led to the publication of an exciting and innovative book.
Dr Guy BaronDiscover more
83. International Women's Day
On International Women’s Day we celebrate women’s achievements and strive towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive world.
Dr Elizabeth New, Dr Rachel Rahman, Sarah Wydall, Dr Christina MarleyDiscover more
84. Challenging different forms of bias in Physical Sciences and Engineering research
Aberystwyth University was the only Welsh university involved in a multi-million pound EPSRC initiative from 2018 to 2021 to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in engineering and physical sciences.
Dr Christine Zarges , Dr Saffron PassamDiscover more
85. Dot and Billy: love letters from the First World War
A Heritage Lottery Fund-sponsored community project, Aberystwyth at War 1914-1919: Experience, Impact, Legacy, brought some of the town’s war stories back to life using letters and other evidence.
Dr Sian NicholasDiscover more
86. Artificial Intelligence for water treatment
Can we engineer better automatic decision making for the treatment of our drinking water?
Dr Amanda ClareDiscover more
87. Was St Patrick Welsh? An expert reviews the evidence
Saint Patrick was certainly born in the west of Britain, possibly present-day Wales.
Dr Simon RodwayDiscover more
88. Glas | Blue
Heledd is a Filmmaker and Photographer: A digital visual storyteller. Her current academic research explores the role of Mother in film.
Heledd HardyDiscover more
89. Global forest biomass and carbon: mapping stocks and changes
The ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Biomass project is generating global high-resolution maps of forest biomass and change in order to inform on climate modelling, carbon cycle science and country reporting to the UNFCCC for the Paris Agreement.
Prof Richard Lucas, Heather KayDiscover more
90. Bovine TB, detection, protection and control
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) has been described as the most pressing animal health challenge facing Wales.
Prof Glyn HewinsonDiscover more
91. Ever After: considering theatre and performance in the era of Covid-19
Ever After brought together academics and practitioners from Aberystwyth University, National Theatre Wales and UCL’s Institute of Making to envision futures for live performance in the era of Covid-19.
Dr Mike Brookes , Dr Andrew Filmer, Prof Mike PearsonDiscover more
92. Unheard/Unseen: Re-presenting Neglected 20th-Century Practices
Dr Harry Heuser and Prof Robert Meyrick facilitate an appreciation for and understanding of once prominent but now sidelined creative practices and the changing values they reflect.
Prof Robert Meyrick, Dr Harry HeuserDiscover more
93. Smart-Tech and Society
This project explored the impacts smart technology on society. While making life more convenient, smart tech has been associated with a loss of privacy and autonomy.
Prof Mark WhiteheadDiscover more