UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


RAEng Ingenious Award announced for Tomorrow's Home 2050: Visions of Home-Based Healthcare

3 June 2020

The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced 17 new Ingenious Public Engagement awards for projects designed to excite and inform the public about how engineers shape the world around us.

Tomorrow's home

UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering, in collaboration with the Wellcome / EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded an Ingenious award to set up Tomorrow’s Home 2050: Visions of Home-based Healthcare. 

This innovative project will create an immersive and interactive space to imagine what home healthcare will look like in 30 years’ time. Inspired by the UKRI and Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s Healthy Ageing Challenge, the group will bring together engineers and members of the public in a shared experience of how future healthcare technologies will help to facilitate independent living.

We will be working with visual immersive engagement specialists The Liminal Space. Art and design will be used to create unique experiences to transform what people think, feel and do. This project will create tangible elements of the future home in the present, allowing our engineers to experience and examine the potential impact of their work in people’s homes sharing insights and ideas about the development of these technologies through open dialogues.

The project will be led by Prof Rebecca Shipley (Director, UCL Insitute of Healthcare Engineering) and Dr Mine Orlu (School of Pharmacy). It builds on a strong record of research and engagement in the healthy ageing space including the recent launch of the CelebrAGE network and last year's Healthy Ageing Symposium

Read more about the other projects funded on RAEng's website here

About Ingenious

Ingenious is a grant award scheme, run by the Royal Academy of Engineering, for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering. The scheme is supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


The Ingenious programme aims to:

  • inspire creative public engagement with engineering projects
  • motivate engineers to share their stories, passion and expertise with wider audiences and develop their communication and engagement skills
  • raise awareness of the diversity, nature and impact of engineering among people of all ages and backgrounds
  • provide opportunities for engineers to engage with members of the public from groups currently underrepresented in engineering.

Ingenious has funded over 200 projects to date, providing opportunities for close to 6,000 engineers to take part in public engagement activities, to gain skills in communication and to help bring engineering to the very centre of society. Ingenious projects have reached over 2.5 million members of the public.

The next round of Ingenious is open for applications in July 2020.