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Jury

The jury is composed of the following members:

Professor Marc Desmulliez, FInstP, FIET, is Director of the Research Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems (ISSS) of the School of Engineering of Engineering & Physical Sciences (EPS) at Heriot- Watt University. He is also the Director /Founder of the Microsystems Engineering Centre (MISEC) (www.misec.eps.hw.ac.uk/). His research interests have turned recently to novel micro manufacturing technologies and microstructures whose engineering principles are borrowed from nature. He has held grants of compounded value of more than £12M as PI/CI, published over 396 journal papers or conference proceedings articles and holds 8 patents related to advanced manufacturing processes. Prof. Desmulliez also established the first UK Master of Science in Microsystems Engineering in 2001. More recently, he is one of Co-Is of the Programme Grant Sonopill, that aims to look at ultrasound imaging technologies capable of being packaged with an ingestible capsule for the diagnostic of pathologies within the GI tract. 

Gayle Nelson is a visual artist and lecturer based in Northeast Fife. Her visual arts practice centres around an interest in personal narratives and the passing of time, and she makes work using a wide range of media and in formats which have included installation, drawing and public art.

Over a period of twenty years, her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and most recently at the Royal Scottish Academy, in a number of galleries in Slovakia as part of Bridges 11:11, and at Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis. Collections include Grampian Hospitals Art Trust and various private collections.

Gayle runs a biannual festival of contemporary visual art in Fife, the Cupar Arts Festival, which has been critically acclaimed and featured in the national press and radio, including features in The Times and on BBC Radio Scotland, and she is the current President of the Society of Scottish Artists. 

Prof. Sandy Cochran, has been with the Institute for Medical Science and Technology, University of Dundee, for the past eight years, most recently as Head of the Division of Imaging and Technology. He has been working on ultrasound since 1985, covering devices and imaging applications in non-destructive testing, underwater SONAR and biomedical diagnosis in that time. He has also been involved in the integration of ultrasound with other medical imaging modalities, including magnetic resonance imaging and optical coherence tomography. He has a particular interest at present in microultrasound imaging, using short wavelengths to enhance resolution and beginning to explore specific parts of the body, including the gut – in the Sonopill project – and the brain – in work on integration of ultrasound devices into surgical needles. Prof. Cochran is an author on more than 250 papers and presentations, is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Member of the IEEE, and presently holds a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. He will soon be moving to Glasgow University.

Dr Philip J W Hands is a Chancellor's Fellow (Lecturer) at the University of Edinburgh, at the Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems (IMNS), School of Engineering.  His research interests are in soft materials, applied optics, and chemical and biological sensing.  He has a particular interest in liquid crystals, and works extensively in the microfabrication and development of tuneable optical devices and systems, including adaptive-focus lenses, 2D and 3D displays, and tuneable wavelength microlasers.  Philip has a strong track record in the commercialisation of his research, working closely with industry.  He also regularly engages in scientific public outreach activities.  A keen amateur photographer himself, Philip has won prizes in academic photographic competitions, often using macro photography and polarised optical microscopy techniques.

Kirsty Mack is the Core Life Science Area Manager for the Scientific Solutions Division of Olympus, covering Scotland and the North of England. Kirsty joined Olympus from university, initially appointed within their Medical Division before, with her background in Biochemistry and Pharmacology, transferring to their Microscopy Division in 2012. Olympus is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional microscopy products for science, medicine and industry. Kirsty's role involves providing microscopy solutions from simple to highly complex imaging systems for the pharmaceutical, industrial, clinical, biotechnology and academic research sectors.