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05 March 2024

Hospital of the Future voted most popular feature for second year running at New Scientist Live

The School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences presented its 'Hospital of the Future' exhibit at New Scientist Live 2023 and was voted the most popular feature by the public for the second year in a row.

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The largest science festival in the UK, New Scientist Live 2023 hosted over 25,000 members of the public and over 6,000 school students to engage with leading science exhibitors from across the country.

We are pleased to receive such recognition from the public for the second year in a row, marking a remarkable feat for our School. It reflects the dedication, creativity, and hard work of over 100 volunteers who contributed to the innovative exhibits. From the meticulous planning to the enthusiastic execution, this success is a testament to the collaborative spirit and commitment of our team and I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the students and staff who made it happen.

Professor Sebastien Ourselin FREng FMedSci, Head of the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences


'Hospital of the Future' invited visitors to explore the School’s mission to engineer better health through immersive VR journeys, live guided demos and interactive displays of healthcare engineering research. "The Hospital of the Future was terrific"' said one visitor. "As a Health and Social Care student, I found a lot [of] interesting information regarding medical science used in hospital[s]," said another.

Over 100 volunteers contributed to 13 stands within the exhibit where visitors could become immersed in a virtual heart, control surgical robots, use novel ultrasound imaging techniques to see inside the human body and more.

Many thanks to everyone within the school who worked on the showcase for sharing their time and knowledge. It was a huge endeavour and I am thrilled to learn that we were voted the most popular feature at New Scientist Live 2023.

Lauren Colosimo, Project Lead for Hospital of the Future 2023, School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences


The School was also supported by their partners Medtronic, who exhibited their Stealth Autoguide™ Cranial robotic guidance platform, and Siemens Healthineers, who showcased their 3D Visualisation Software as part of the feature.

The enduring appeal of the Hospital of the Future feature has been clearly demonstrated by our visitor audience voting it New Scientist Live’s most popular feature for the second year running. The Hospital of the Future feature embodies the core objectives of the wider event by showcasing the power that STEM has to make an enormous impact on people’s lives and consequently inspire them to pursue a career in STEM and/or a lifelong interest in understanding how the world around them works. The range of innovations and technologies on display within the Hospital of the Future feature is truly awe inspiring and is testament to the huge amount of time and effort the King’s College London and New Scientist Live teams put into creating such a fantastic interactive exhibit. We look forward to working with the amazing team again at New Scientist Live 2024.

Adrian Newton, Commercial & Events Director, New Scientist

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Professor Sebastien Ourselin FREng

Professor of Healthcare Engineering

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Communications & Business Engagement Officer, School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences.