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Healthy Aircraft Journeys – A Think Tank on bio-effective surfaces for aeroplanes

Bio Effective Surfaces

About the Think Tank

This Think Tank (TT) is a collaborative workshop around a challenge pitched by Bill Hodson (AvCapWest), which aims to explore and develop solution pathways for the future of transport system in the aviation industry and beyond:  Anti-Viral and Anti-Bacterial Bio-effective Surfaces for Vehicle Interiors.  

Please see the challenge summary for more details, or watch the challenge pitch that will kick off our Think Tank.

This TT is an initiative between the University of Exeter and AvCapWest Ltd, and is supported by the University of Bath under the framework of the EPSRC award EP/S012168/1.  


The event will take place over multiple short 1.5 - 2 hour sessions over 5 days from 22 to 26 June 2020.


The schedule consists of online sessions with an optional day 4 and can accommodate flexible group meeting arrangements to reduce barriers to attendance. 

The workshop will kick off with a presentation of the challenge from Bill Hodson at AvCapWest challenge.  We will then invite academics to give short talks outlining questions and challenges related to the pitch.  Participants will work together in groups to develop the questions into well-defined problems and discuss ideas for solutions, which will be presented at the end of the Think Tank.


We would encourage you to participate in the workshop if you have something to contribute or are interested in what will be discussed.  We are aiming for a diverse mix of people from different disciplines and different career stages, from PhD students and postdocs to professors. The event is free of charge.

Please register your interest to attend by end of 8 June 2020.

Points of contact

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Think Tank coordinator Dr Anja Roeding (, Co-Director of the Centre for Metamaterial Research and Innovation at the University of Exeter, or Julie Morton (, Programme Manager of the EPSRC Inclusion Matters award 'Reimaging Recruitment' at the University of Bath.