Insights

Insights and opinion from Imperial

Below is a range of insight and opinion pieces from the experts at Imperial. For solutions to your current challenges click the ‘Find an expert’ tab above – or simply contact us with your specific need.

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Imperial’s COVID-19 vaccine

Imperial’s COVID-19 vaccine

As the first trials of Imperial’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate got underway in June, the team leading this pioneering work talk though the science of the vaccine and how they ... read more

Food Security

Food Security

Food security, like energy, is a universal issue. Famine has affected large parts of the developing world for generations and the COVID-19 crisis highlighted shortcomings in ... read more

Imperial’s response to COVID-19

Imperial’s response to COVID-19

Experts across a wide range of disciplines have been and are continuing to to keep government and society informed about COVID-19, save lives through vaccines and testing - ... read more

Transport – sector’s response to COVID-19

Transport – sector’s response to COVID-19

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, transport providers have to change how they manage their organisations and serve their customers. The Transport Strategy Centre at ... read more

Modelling an unprecedented pandemic

Modelling an unprecedented pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists tried to understand the behaviour of the tiny virus particles as well as their effects on very large numbers of human hosts, ... read more

Business as Un-usual

Business as Un-usual

How can you adapt to the 'new normal' without access to facilities, a full workforce or face to face meetings – and with consumers shifting spending even further online? How ... read more

Environment

Environment

Lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis meant less unnecessary air travel and fewer vehicles on the road, thanks to more home-working. How can we apply what we learnt to the ... read more

Health

Health

As the first volunteer receives Imperial’s COVID-19 vaccine – academics from across Imperial are working on solutions to take us past the pandemic into life after lockdown. read more

Transport

Transport

COVID-19 has changed everything. Or has it? How can transport companies, commuters and consumers adjust? Planes, trains and automobiles - best practice, e-mobility and air ... read more

Mission to the Sun

Mission to the Sun

Understanding the Sun’s moods, and how these influence the solar wind, is the aim of Solar Orbiter, a European Space Agency mission that has Imperial-built kit on board. read more

The search for a cure

The search for a cure

For the past 25 years Imperial has been at the heart of the hunt for a cure for HIV. This is the story of that search – of the highs, the lows, the setbacks and the breakthroughs. read more

Transition to zero pollution

Transition to zero pollution

Building a future that is free from human-made pollution will require a complete realignment of almost all aspects of modern industry – coupled with scientists, engineers and ... read more

Pandemics and privacy

Pandemics and privacy

Contact tracing apps will take and keep some data from users. This insight discusses ways of minimising privacy implications. read more

Cleaner greener plastics

Cleaner greener plastics

Expertise in upstream material science, chemistry and product design prevents plastic from becoming waste - plus engineering and environmental policy know-how reduce leakage ... read more

Design Psychology

Design Psychology

As human-facing technologies change the way we interact, Dr Nejra van Zalk considers how mental health can be put at the forefront of digital platform design. read more

Factories of the Future

Factories of the Future

Additive manufacturing is an automated production process enabling complex 3D designs to be transformed into physical objects. Read about the benefits and implications. read more

Healthcare AI

Healthcare AI

AI not only automates problem-solving carried out by doctors, but can also make quicker and better decision and apply problem-solving techniques that humans alone could not. read more

Digital transformation

Digital transformation

Some think of business as usual, replacing physical tasks with digital alternatives. Others envisage a more profound change, with new products or services made possible by ... read more

Do bots spread fake news?

Do bots spread fake news?

If bots aren’t responsible for spreading fake news, could automated systems form part of the solution, helping to identify false stories and check their spread? read more

Carbon capture and storage

Carbon capture and storage

Imperial researchers are working to make CCS more efficient, fine-tune our understanding of risk, and develop economics and policy proposals. read more

Economic impact of COVID19

Economic impact of COVID19

Reactions and analysis of the impact of coronavirus on business and the economy with opinion on economic recovery, government spending, interest rates, global supply chains, ... read more

Innovative body modifications

Innovative body modifications

From mind reading machines to edible water bottles, self-learning bionic hands to smart tattoos, the feature article highlights a range of inventions created by staff, ... read more

Robotic revolution

Robotic revolution

Robots are already used to pick and pack online deliveries, vacuum our homes, and to enable surgeons to carry out life-saving operations. In the coming decades, robots have ... read more

Fighting misinformation

Fighting misinformation

In the midst of the pandemic, misinformation and misrepresentation is more prevalent than ever, from 5G infrastructure being linked to the spread of the virus, the benefits of read more

The future of urban air

The future of urban air

How could future technologies and social interventions change urban air for city dwellers? Hover over the map created by Imperial's researchers, futurists and our Tech ... read more

Economy

Economy

COVID-19 has bought parts of the economy to a standstill and the costs of furloughing great swathes of the UK workforce must be met. Imperial’s academics look at how we can ... read more

Case studies

Putting science into Sci-Fi

Putting science into Sci-Fi

When Left Bank Pictures (producers of The Crown and Lost) were looking for someone to give their Sci fi adventure, ORIGIN, a touch of realism - they called upon Imperial ... read more

Informing the debate on Britain’s electricity system

Informing the debate on Britain’s electricity system

The electricity sector is currently undergoing unprecedented changes, including obligations to decarbonise and pressure to keep bills down. With old coal being driven off the ... read more

Bio-Inspired Aerial Robotics

Bio-Inspired Aerial Robotics

Dr Mirko Kovac is Director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College London, and Senior Lecturer in Aero-structures. His research focuses on the development of ... read more