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Materials Research Exchange 2018 – poster winners announced

Mar 13, 2018

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’s

  • Research quality
  • Innovation, Creativity and Adventure
  • Expected Impact for the Academic Community
  • Expected Impact for the User Community
  • First prize – Alexandra Groves, University College London
  • Second prize - Stuart Robertson, Loughborough University
  • Third prize - Stefan Szyniszewski, University of Surrey

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

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), 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.

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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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.

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