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Materials Research Exchange 2018 – a resounding success

Mar 26, 2018

The 2018 Materials Research Exchange & Investor Showcase (MRE2018) took place on March 12 and 13 at the Business Design Centre in London.

The event, which last ran in 2014, was hailed an outstanding success with over 70 exhibitors showcasing their latest products and 1,300 delegates attended across the two days.

MRE2018 was officially opened by Lord Haskel, Deputy Speaker of House of Lords.

The 2 day conference and exhibition welcomed over 80 influential speakers from across the industry and from within the wider industries with an interest in the materials sector.

Speakers from the conference included:                                                                                      

  • Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, Chief Executive Officer, Innovate UK
  • Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, EPSRC
  • Rebecca Endean, Director of Strategy, UK Research & Innovation
  • Sue Dunkerton, Director, Knowledge Transfer Network
  • Andrew Hosty, Chief Executive Officer, Henry Royce Institute
  • Deidre Fox, Director, Strategic Business Development, Tata Steel
  • Leela Biant, Head of Dept, Trauma & Orthopaedics, University of Manchester
  • Duncan Fitzsimons, Director, 7TH Design& Invention
  • Jacqui Murray, Interim Director, Faraday Challenge & Head of Advanced Materials, Innovate UK
  • Bryan Allcock, Chief Executive Officer, TRL9
  • Simon Edmonds, Director , Manufacturing and Materials, Innovate UK
  • Chris Warkup, Chief Executive Officer, Knowledge Transfer Network

On display at the event was a poster competition entered by graduate research students from universities across the UK, sponsored by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the winner was announced as Alexandra Groves, University College London.

The event also hosted teams of design students from Brunel University, Queen Mary University London and the Royal College of Art for the MaDE Challenge - Design for Materials Commercialisation. 

The UK is an acknowledged global hub of excellence in materials research and the importance of advanced materials as one of the technologies for future growth will propel the UK economy to future success. MRE2018 provided an excellent platform to 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.

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), the event 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 aswell as building links within the materials supply chain to strengthen the UK materials offer to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and end users. 

Dr Robert Quarshie, Head of Materials at the Knowledge Transfer Network said:

“Materials Research Exchange 2018 has been a phenomenal success and is the established event focussed on research in the innovation of materials. The event attracted delegates from not only across the materials sector but a much wider range of sectors, as it provided a unique forum for increasing interactions between industry, researchers and policymakers from a range of disciplines and market sectors, across supply chains.”

Ben Walsh, Lead Technologist in Advanced Materials at Innovate UK added:

“Innovation in Advanced materials is a UK strength and we were delighted to co-organise this exciting cross-sector conference. The event demonstrated the depth and breadth of UK materials research and presented opportunities to companies to grow their businesses through the research and innovation support available.”

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About the Knowledge Transfer Network

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) helps businesses get the best out of creativity, ideas and the latest discoveries, to strengthen the UK economy and improve people’s lives. As a network partner of Innovate UK, KTN links new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines in-depth knowledge in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events, bespoke support and innovation insights.

About Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. Innovate UK drives productivity and growth by supporting businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success.

About The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

As the main funding agency for engineering and physical sciences research, our vision is for the UK to be the best place in the world to Research, Discover and Innovate.

By investing £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, we are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation. Our portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone's health, lifestyle and culture.

We work collectively with our partners and other Research Councils on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK.

About Dstl

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory maximises the impact of science and technology for the defence and security of the UK.