Bryce Dyer wins Isambard Kingdom Brunel award at British Science Festival

Posted on Thursday, September 12 2013

Bryce Dyer at the British Science Festival

Bryce Dyer gave the prestigious Isambard Kingdom Brunel award lecture to a full house at this year’s British Science Festival.

The lecture, entitled ‘Prosthesis, Disability and the role of Technology in Elite Sport’, gave an illuminating account of the work that Bryce Dyer has been conducting at Bournemouth University.

The lecture went into detail about the use of prosthetics in sport, more specifically Olympic and Paralympic disciplines, the types of prostesis available, and the advantages and disadvantages of using such technology.

Mr Dyer joins the ranks of previous award lecturers such as Professor Brian Cox, Professor Richard Wiseman, and Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

After the lecture, Dyer, a senior lecturer in Product Design at BU, was awarded a certificate by the British Science Association to mark the occasion.

After the lecture Bryce Dyer said, “The feeling is one of immense satisfaction, to take what we have been working on for a few years and transfer that knowledge to an enthusiastic audience.”

Bryce continued, “You only have to look at the names  of people who have won this award before to know that it has real credibility and, as an academic, it gives me an immense sense of self-satisfaction. I don’t think in my wildest dreams I dreamt of giving the award lecture at an event like this. To be involved in a Festival of such history is a great experience.”

Bryce also appeared at the chat-show style cafe ‘The Exchange’ where he gave an overview of the subject area to the listening diners.

Bryce was not the only Bournemouth University staff member to make an appearance at the Festival, with BU’s Outreach and Liaison team also running daily workshops with local children to teach them about some of the work taking place at Bournemouth University.

The following blog post has more information about Bryce Dyer’s Award Lecture or you could read the story on the British Science Association website.