The CompBioMed H2020 Centre of Excellence in Computational Biomedicine, led by University College London and including The University of Edinburgh as a Core Partner, and a fellow Core Partner, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, produced a short film showing the possibilities of using High Performance Computing (HPC) to delve deeper into the processes taking place within the body.
The “Virtual Humans” film premiered at the London Science Museum on September 27th 2017 to a sell-out audience and was followed by short presentations by four of the contributors to the research. The audience was then invited to ask questions to them in a Q&A session compered by Director of the Science Museum, Roger Highfield.
Since this highly successful event, the film has gained in exposure and popularity, being shown at various science film festivals and private viewings within conferences and invited presentations. Most notably, it was shown at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York (15th October 2017), and was selected for showing at the Academic Film Oloumoc in the Czech Republic (25th April 2018) in which it was shortlisted in the Shorts category. CompBioMed also ran an event featuring the film at the Cheltenham Science Festival (5-10 June 2018), similar to the event at the London Science Museum.
The film was under embargo for general release on the internet, so that it could enter festivals. Now this embargo period is over and since 9th March 2018 the video is available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FvRSJ9W734