Speaker: Kevin McGuigan - Senior Lecturer in Medical Physics, Dept. of Physiology & Medical Physics, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
In this presentation, Dr McGuigan shares his research experiences in the field of Solar Disinfection (SODIS) of drinking water with particular application in the developing world.
He will describe how the work began as a purely laboratory based project involving hard sciences such as Physics, Chemistry and Microbiology but has evolved over the past 20 years into a programme of multidisciplinary research encompassing medicine, behavioural, psychology, sociology, economics and ethics in addition to photocatalysis and nanotechnology.
With several field studies of SODIS either running or completed in Africa (Uganda, Kenya, S. Africa, Zimbabwe) and S. E. Asia (Cambodia) Dr McGuigan will show how the journey from laboratory bench-top to developing world roof-top is never straight forward but always interesting.
Using examples learned the hard-way he will show how the transfer of affordable technologies from the lab to the field often relies more on basic economics than elegant science.
By examining his successes and failures he will show how arriving at a scientific solution to a problem is usually only the first small step down the long and winding road to user-adoption of a workable and useful technology.