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10 great reasons to come to the 2018 Materials Research & Investor Showcase 2018

Nov 17, 2017

The 2018 Materials Research Exchange and Investor Showcase (MRE2018) taking place on March 12 and 13, 2018 at the Business Design Centre in 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!

From metals, powders and textiles to graphene and polymers - innovations in advanced materials research have numerous applications across a wide range of 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 EPSRC and 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.

Here are 10 great reasons why you should join us at this exciting event:

1. Network & connect …. all under one roof!

From senior representatives of government, major investors, top industry players and senior scientists to start-up companies and brilliant early career researchers and product designers, the showcase will bring people from across the supply chain together under the same roof – connecting people who would not normally meet. Connect, collaborate, catalyse! Organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK and supported by EPSRC and Dstl, this unique two day exhibition and conference will provide access to both the academic and industrial community. You will be able to pre arrange meetings by our 1:1 meeting system (post registration) to ensure you maximise the networking opportunities available.

2. Raise your profile through the larger exhibition for 2018

The exhibition is at the heart of the showcase, providing the perfect opportunity to network with all of the showcase attendees. With spaces still available, book your exhibition space now to ensure that you don’t miss a host of exceptional benefits associated with this great opportunity to raise your research profile. The 2018 exhibition will be much bigger offering greater opportunities than in 2014 so please do get in touch to find out more.

3. FREE early bird delegate registration

You can take advantage of our FREE early bird registration if you register as a delegate before January 31, 2018 - even more reasons to sign up to attend today! Spaces will be limited and we expect demand to be high so book your place to guarantee your attendance.

4. Seminar themes for the 2018 Materials Research & Investor Showcase   

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.

5. Expand your knowledge of advanced materials in key UK supply chains

The largest number of UK universities, research organisations and SMEs will be exhibiting to demonstrate the wealth of materials in development from both academic and industrial research groups.

6. Powerhouse of speakers

The 2018 Materials Research Exchange & Investor Showcase is delighted to welcome talks from Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, Chief Executive of Innovate UK, Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of EPSRC and Rebecca Endean, Director of Strategy of UK Research & Innovation discussing the Industrial Strategy Fund support for businesses, the scope of current developments in advanced materials across key supply chains and through different sectors. More speakers are still to be announced!

7. Spark new ideas & find solutions to innovation challenges

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.

8. Access exciting investment opportunities - pitching opportunity

We will offer a pitching competition providing a forum for entrepreneurs and investors to gain valuable insights and form new business relationships in advanced materials. Finalists in the competition will pitch to an esteemed expert investor panel.  

9. Poster competition - another opportunity

Another opportunity for exhibitors is entry to the poster competition to win awards for postgraduate researcher. Finalists will be judged by the audience and selection of prizes will be on offer.

10. And there are more opportunities via our sponsorship packages

The 2018 Materials Research Exchange & Investor Showcase offers highly effective ways to build relationships and communicate your message. We have a wide range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities focussing on unique aspects of this leading showcase event. Extensive pre-conference publicity will promote your organisation to the widest possible audience, over 600 delegates per day from across industry, investment community and academia are expected to attend offering access to a truly relevant audience as well as a host of other benefits await you! 

So 10 great reasons not to miss the 2018 Materials Research Exchange & Investor Showcase - THE UK Advanced Materials event of the year – tickets are limited and early booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.