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OU Research In Action - People’s Choice Award

Groundbreaking research at The Open University is helping to shape a more equal society and transform the future of people’s lives on this planet. Four remarkable research projects have been shortlisted for the People’s Choice award, where we invite the public to vote for the project that most inspires them.

Watch the videos for a summary of each research project and click the button beneath the project you wish to vote for. The voting will close on Monday 3rd October 2022.

How can we extract water from the moon?

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Professor Mahesh Anand and his team are conducting pioneering research into extracting water and its component hydrogen and oxygen molecules from lunar rock, paving the way for humans to live on the Moon. Back on Earth, the technology could address water sustainability, improve the early detection of cancer, and even extract rare metals, such as lithium, from mine waste.

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How can we empower victims of human trafficking?

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Dr Saraswati Dawadi is conducting vital research into improving the lives of human trafficking survivors. This research is already empowering marginalised communities in Nepal and Nigeria through the latest technology-enhanced education. It’s about empowering victims of sex trafficking by giving them the support and skills to help themselves and others.

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How can we age well, and what does that mean?

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Dr Jitka Vseteckova’s future facing research into the aging process has led her to develop 5 pillars of good health and longevity to help people live well. She shares her research through a series of talks in the community to encourage people to take responsibility for their own ageing process.

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How can we improve teacher training in India?

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Dr Simon Cross and a team of academics, working with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, are researching how digital technology can be used to effectively deliver teacher training at scale in India and beyond.

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