Inaugural Engineering the Future Conference 'a huge success'

The University of Manchester’s first Engineering the Future Conference has been hailed a great success after welcoming more than 400 guests over two days. 

Hosted by the School of Engineering and the Department of Materials, the first-of-its-kind event showcased Manchester’s engineering research and teaching across 28 and 29 March 2023. 

Attendees, from both within and outside the University, took part in a variety of lectures, panel discussions and exhibits. These explored the ways in which the University is shaping the future through its research and education of the next generation of engineers, including its contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

The inaugural event was held in the new home of Engineering and Materials – a place like no other and one of the largest Higher Education construction projects in the UK. This new part of campus is comprised of five buildings: Engineering Buildings A and B, Oddfellows Hall, James Chadwick Building and York Street Building. 

Tours of the purpose-built experimental facilities – including a large wave tank used to accelerate the deployment of offshore renewables, and laboratories focused on multipurpose electromagnetic techniques, from de-mining to airport security – proved highly popular.

This was a rare chance to showcase the breadth of our inspiring research and educational activities, so we were delighted to see so many of our community and our external partners joining in. This couldn’t have happened without those who led and participated in the sessions and the teams who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make it a success, so a huge thank you to everyone. 

I hope this will be the first of many such events in the coming years, and that people had an opportunity to make new connections of benefit for their futures.

Professor Alice Larkin, Head of School for Engineering

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