UK materials research and innovation enabling growth in key supply chains
The Materials Research Exchange & Investor Showcase 2018
Conference and exhibition on March 12/13 2018
The 2018 Materials Research Exchange & Investor Showcase (MRE2018) taking place on March 12th and 13th 2018 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, will provide an excellent platform to help develop commercial success of UK-generated materials innovation by showcasing the groundbreaking new materials and processes to industry to accelerate the process of taking these through to commercialisation. Meet investors, inform and be informed by industrial strategy and network with the entire materials landscape, from academics to spin-outs to SMEs and product designers to manufacturers and users – all under one roof!
This two day conference and exhibition will highlight the many applications of materials research and advanced materials innovation.¬†There will be a series of seminars and workshops demonstrating the scope of current developments in advanced materials including a technology focus on key application areas such as aerospace, robotics, automotive, energy, health, defence and sustainable construction, value creating opportunities provided by materials and design and engaging the creative industries. Hear from some of the UK‚Äôs leading experts, investors and innovators¬†in a conference programme that is designed to showcase cutting-edge innovation across key supply chains and through different sectors.
The last celebrated Materials Research Exchange event in 2014 was highly successful and the 2018 event promises to be even bigger and better with over 600 delegates expected daily. 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, this unique two day exhibition and conference will showcase 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. This is the ideal event to build links within the materials supply chain to strengthen the UK materials offer to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and End Users. So book early to avoid disappointment and join over 900 delegates who have already pre-registered to attend. Note – free delegate early bird offer ends January 31, 2018.
A call for exhibitors for this event is open and closes January 30th – please get in touch to find out more about the package of benefits available.
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Day one plenary session
Chaired by¬†Sue Dunkerton¬†OBE, Director, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
Keynote Speakers:¬†Dr Ruth McKernan, CEO, Innovate UK
Prof.¬†Philip Nelson, CEO, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Rebecca Endean, Director of Strategy at UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)
And more names are still to be announced!
Selection of seminar streams day one – March 12, 2018
Selection of MRE18 exhibitors will pitch live on stage to showcase their innovation to¬†the audience.¬†An opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors to gain valuable insights and form new business relationships in advanced materials.
The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) was established as a collaboration between Government and industry; to create the UK‚Äôs aerospace technology strategy, advising and challenging the sector through ¬£3.9 billion of secured R&T investment, to ensure the UK retains its global competitive position. The Institute‚Äôs mission is to help the UK realise the opportunity available of capturing a valuable share of the growing global civil aviation market.
The session will focus on civil aircraft material challenges that are being addressed through the current research portfolio or have been identified as key opportunities for future investment. The session will identify architecture requirements that impact material choices through whole aircraft efficiency, performance, and operating cost targets. Additionally, industrialisation aspects will be analysed with respect to optimising production efficiencies through the smart application of materials and processes.
Composites for automotive applications ‚Äì innovating towards market acceptance
Chaired by Innovate UK
A panel of industry experts will present and discuss the topic of automotive composites including current state of the market, recent innovations and achieving market penetration at scale.¬†Panel members:¬†Alan Banks,¬†Commercial Vehicles, Ford;¬†Paul Gallen,¬†Sector Lead Automotive, National Composites Centre and TBC.
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) ensures that innovative science and technology contributes to the defence and security of the UK. Dstl delivers, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence Chief Scientific Adviser, the Materials for Strategic Advantage (MSA) Programme.
This session will provide an introduction by the MSA Programme team to the niche defence challenges being tackled through investment in Materials Research and Development. However, many developments addressing these important defence challenges will also have civil applications. This session will provide an insight into some of the projects supported with MSA funding which also have exploitation opportunities in civil applications.
HiPerNano2018 is a forum which brings together nanotechnology solution developers and end-users with engineering challenges to solve. This year, this event will showcase the latest developments and innovation in nanomaterials, which promise to revolutionise the way we create and use energy. Who should attend? Engineers, manufacturers, researchers and students, SMEs and large companies.
Evening drinks reception with canapes & Prize Awards
Selection of seminar streams day two – March 13, 2018
Selection of short materials cohort¬†presentations from SMEs discussing their latest materials innovation. Meet the current and next generation of innovators, see the breadth of projects currently happening across the materials sector¬†and the scope of innovation.¬†Develop links within the supply chain and establish future collaborations.
Join some of the leading researchers in the UK to discuss the latest in advanced materials research: from smart coatings to additive manufacturing, sensing to therapeutics, and much more. Hear short presentations from EPSRC‚Äôs cohort of Advanced Materials Fellows for Growth and join the discussion on how cutting-edge research is creating new opportunities for growth.
Men are three times more likely to own a business with employees and women in the UK are half as likely to start a business.¬†Only 7% of British inventors on GB patents were women in 2000-2015. Infocus Women in Innovation campaign aims to increase the current levels of women in innovation and entrepreneurship in the UK, and ultimately boost the UK economy by encouraging more diversity in business.¬†This session will showcase role models in materials innovation, challenge perceptions and discuss barriers to engaging in innovation and how to overcome these.
Hear from the people who bring materials to life by designing innovative products – from medical devices and consumer goods to luxury cars and smart textiles. What role do designers really play in product development? How do they find and select materials? Could they help bring your new materials to market?
Facilitated by Lynne McGregor¬†&¬†Nick Cliffe, Innovate UK (closed event)
The most exciting ideas and innovative solutions can arise at the intersection of technologies from different sectors. With advanced materials cross-discipline approach, the showcase is uniquely designed to provoke outside the box thinking.
The¬†exhibition¬†is at the heart of the showcase, providing the perfect opportunity to network with all of the conference attendees. Book your exhibition space now before January 30th to ensure that you don‚Äôt miss this great opportunity raise your profile.
You can find out more about the Materials Research Exchange 2018 here.
The call for exhibitors is open just now and ends January 30th. There’s a full package of benefits and opportunities.
The FREE delegate early bird registration offer ends January 31st.