Innovation leader from Manchester to open UK materials conference

An innovation leader from The University of Manchester is set to kick-start the national Advanced Materials Show today (Wednesday, July 10).

James Baker, CEO of Graphene@Manchester, will chair the event's opening plenary, entitled 'Leaders in Advanced Materials'. 

The session will bring together strategic figures responsible for some of the biggest investments in advanced materials research and development - and the panel will discuss current priorities, state of the market and opportunities for this booming sector. 

Sheetal Handa, Associate Director for the Manchester-based BP-International Centre for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM) will also be part of the panel.

The University and the Manchester-based Henry Royce Institute, the national body for advanced materials research and innovation, will have a joint exhibition stand profiling a range of applications for graphene and other 2D materials.

The University of Manchester has real strengths and world-leading research capabilities in advanced materials - and this has been further strengthened with our campus hosting the National Graphene Institute, the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre, the Henry Royce Institute and BP-ICAM.

Manchester is also creating an ecosystem of academia and supply chain companies - including spin-outs, start-ups and overseas investors - to create capability both in Manchester and with our partners across the UK and internationally. This is a very exciting model of innovation.
James Baker, CEO Graphene@Manchester

In support, the University will nationally launch its On Materials publication. The collection offers thought leadership pieces by Manchester experts and calls for radical changes to the UK's approach to advanced materials.

Recommendations include a 'fail fast, learn fast' approach for greater innovation and the wider adoption of the 'Manchester Model', which features a 'science supply chain' that runs seamlessly between academia and commercial end users.

The Advanced Materials Show, hosted in Telford, 10-11 July, is effectively a gathering of the sector's "entire research, development and production supply chain".

Co-located with Ceramics UK, the four-track materials conference will focus on innovations in graphene and 2D materials, nanomaterials, advanced composites, coatings, technical glass and ceramics.

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