All the latest news and updates about the 2018 Materials Research & Investor Showcase

Please bookmark this page for all the latest news, both in the run-up to and during the 2018 Materials Research Exchange. For up-to-date information, join the conversation on Twitter using #MRE18

The MaDE Challenge - Design for Materials Commercialisation - Winners Announced

Mar 14, 2018

Teams of design students from Brunel University, Queen Mary University London and the Royal College of Art were hard at work for 2 days at the Materials Research Exchange 2018 in the Business Design Centre, London.

Students were asked to create product ideas influenced by the materials on show at MRE18 that best address one of the following themes – Waste, Energy and Health.  The winning team comprised the following students from the Health team, who were each given £50 amazon vouchers:

  • Marina Leridou, Queen Mary University London
  • Giselle Hsiang Loh, Brunel University
  • Anne Zhou, Royal College of Art 

The students were mentored by James Burchill, Sara Robertson and Adam Sutcliffe who oversaw their project work during the event.

Students were also be given the opportunity to provide insights into how design can deliver the best impact for these materials during the MRE18 seminar “ Design for Materials Commercialisation”, chaired by Ben Griffin, Design Lead, Innovate UK.

Dr Robert Quarshie, Chairman, Materials & Design Exchange (MaDE) Partnership said:

“We were delighted to host the design students for 2 days at Materials Research Exchange 2018. The work of the MaDE Partnership in supporting design students is key to advancing the future of the industry and connecting materials science and design to stimulate innovation. Congratulations to the winning team!”

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

Notes to editor:

For more information please contact Caroline Carr, or 07980 767725

About MaDE Partnership
Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) is a unique UK network which challenges material scientists to consider applications and provides product designers with material and making options – this turning ideas and technologies into products the market wants.

The MaDE Partners are Barron Gould Studio, the Crafts Council, the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, the Institution of Engineering Designers, Knowledge Transfer Network and the Royal College of Art.

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.