The 2018 Materials Research Exchange & Investor Showcase (MRE2018) opened today at the Business Design Centre in London.

Part of the exhibition was a display of 25 poster extracts from graduate research students, and a select panel of industrialists and founders judged the posters, based on 4 criteria:

-       Research quality

-       Innovation, Creativity and Adventure

-       Expected Impact for the Academic Community

-       Expected Impact for the User Community

 

The prizes, sponsored by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), were award by Dr Bernie Rickinson, Chief Executive, IOM3, to the following:

-       First prize – Alexandra Groves, University College London

-       Second prize РStuart Robertson, Loughborough University

-       Third prize РStefan Szyniszewski, University of Surrey

 

MRE2018 provides an excellent platform to bring the materials industry together by showcasing the groundbreaking new materials and processes to industry to accelerate the process of taking these through to commercialisation.

 

Organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK and supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), MRE2018 showcased the richness of the UK materials research and investment opportunities, providing an ideal opportunity to absorb current trends and take a glimpse of future innovations, as well as building links within the materials supply chain to strengthen the UK materials offer to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and end users.

 

Bernie Rickinson, CEO of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) commented “The standard of posters demonstrated the excellent communication of materials innovation to a very relevant audience. IOM3 are very proud to have sponsored the prizes showing the strength of the materials industry in the UK.”

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