UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage

Prof Adam Gibson

Prof Adam Gibson

Institute of Sustainable Heritage Professor

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2001

Research summary

I have a dual appointment as Professor of Medical Physics and Professor of Heritage Science. My heritage science group is applying imaging techniques to aspects of heritage imaging with the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage (ISH), of which I am Deputy Director. Predominantly, this has involved multispectral imaging and hyperspectral imaging. In medical physics, my main research area is in developing diffuse optical tomography for functional brain imaging of adults and children, building upon my previous research, which led to the first 3D electrical impedance images of adult brain function and the first 3D optical tomography images of the neonatal head. I also have research interests in radiotherapy and broader medical imaging.

I have been Research Director in UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering for 8 years, leading the Department through REF2014 (where we were the highest ranked biomedical engineering submission) and REF2021. We have one of the highest research incomes per academic of any Russell Group department and have been awarded >10 prestigious 5-year personal Fellowships in that time. I am also the Infrastructure Lead in UCL ISH. I lead the UK’s contribution to IPERION HS, a major EU research infrastructure grant which is part of a series of grants that aims to become a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).

I have received >£2.5M in grant income as Principal Investigator on 19 grants and >£4.5M as Co-Investigator on 14 grants. I have held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship and an EPSRC Challenging Engineering Award. I am an author on >80 papers in peer-reviewed journals and >100 conference proceedings.

Teaching summary

I created new BEng/MEng Biomedical Engineering degrees, resulting in the appointment of four new posts. I then led the team that designed, created and delivered the new programmes, including a successful bid for accreditation. The programmes began in 2014 and currently have 115 students. I co-ordinated teaching across the programme, including 16 new modules and 6 week-long problem-solving 'scenarios', providing students with employability skills and practical experience. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have led modules on Heritage Imaging, Physics of the Human Body, Treatment with Ionising Radiation and others, and taught on >10 modules.


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 |
University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow | 2017
University of London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1999
University of Exeter
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1996
Cardiff University
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1994


2019-                    Professor of Heritage Science, UCL (0.6 FTE)

2015-                    Professor of Medical Physics, UCL (0.8FTE 2015-18, 0.4FTE 2019-)

2008-15               0.8FTE Reader in Medical Physics UCL, funded by EPSRC Challenging Engineering Award

2003-08               EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow, Medical Physics and Bioengineering, UCL

2001-03               Research Associate, Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering, UCL

1999-00               Research Associate, Institute of Neurological Studies, UCL.

1994-96               Two-year IPEM training scheme in hospital medical physics, Bristol General Hospital.