The 2014 Materials Research Exchange will feature a huge exhibition displaying outstanding materials research from the UK’s finest universities and research organisations. Free to attend, it is the Materials KTN’s flagship event.
A select panel of eminent industrialists and academics have been invited by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to review the research on show with the aim of making recommendations to both EPSRC and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) for future opportunities in advanced materials.
Keynote addresses will be given by Science Minister David Willets and high-profile industrialists, stressing the importance of materials research to their commercial ventures. In addition, TSB and EPSRC will stage a series of seminars and workshops demonstrating the scope of current developments in advanced materials.
Earlier this year, the Science Minister announced that there would be huge government investment in the ‘eight great technologies’. Advanced materials rank amongst these, and one of the key aims of the Materials Research Exchange is to showcase the wealth of research and innovation in this area.
The event aims to foster closer ties between industry and the UK’s excellent research base, encouraging further funding from both public and private sources. As well as opening up funding opportunities to advance research, it is hoped that the commercialisation of particular projects will be spurred by private equity support.
Exhibitors include the Universities of Oxford, Manchester, Brunel, Leeds and Nottingham, as well as Ceram, TWI and the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials. Graduate research students will also be displaying their work as part of a poster competition, which will be judged by the select panel.
Members of industry and academia from both the UK and overseas are encouraged to attend, capitalising on the chance to gain an impressive overview of UK materials research and enjoy the opportunity of networking with others from a variety of materials-based disciplines.
The event is free of charge for those wishing to attend as delegates but registration is required.
Register for the 2014 Materials Research Exchange: http://bit.ly/19MPVrr
Join the Materials KTN (free): http://bit.ly/19It0Qa
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The Materials KTN is a free-to-join network bringing together the materials community – covering traditional materials as well as emerging technologies, smart materials, technical textiles and design. Members gain access to articles, reports, discounts to events, and can receive expert advice about materials choices and funding for innovation and research.