Bristol: changing lives around the world
Press release issued: 26 March 2009
Work being done in universities and businesses across the west of England is having a fundamental impact on lives around the world, according to a new film released today.
The film, which charts a day in the life of a city, opens with the message that pioneering research by Professor Peter Fleming at the University of Bristol has changed medical opinion; his advice that placing babies on their backs to sleep is thought to have prevented at least 100,000 infant deaths worldwide.
The film then follows the city through its working day and leisure time; outlining Bristol and Bath’s impact on an increasingly digital world. The region is the centre of the second largest silicon design cluster in the world – second only to Silicon Valley in California – and has influenced everything from the development of the mobile phone and digital TV. It is also a hotbed of creative industries, well known globally for Aardman’s Wallace and Gromit, but increasingly a world-leading location for alternate reality gaming and pervasive media.
Sarah-Jane Chilcott, Programme Manager for Science City Bristol, explains: “We have a long pedigree of science and technology, but there is so much more than Brunel and Concorde. It will be a surprise to many that local science affects many aspects of people’s lives both here and across the world. This film captures the essence of what makes this a special place.”
The film was produced by Green Lit Media, a corporate and broadcast film and video production company, based at Bristol’s Paintworks.
Pete Levy, Senior Producer at Green Lit Media and Chair of Bristol Media, said: “This project has been a joy to work on simply because the science and academic community have been so generous with their time and resources. They have demonstrated the key message that we have been able to present. We all work and live in the Bristol area because of the combination of a great lifestyle, working with like minded people and the overall sense of achievement that the city creates.”
To view the film or to find out more about the impact of Bristol and Bath science on the world, please visit the website.