1-5 December 2023 | Conference

TFIN+ Christmas Conference, Sheffield

Date :
01 December 2023 - 05 December 2023
Time :
All Day
Location :
Mercure Sheffield
Event Type :

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We would like to invite you for our biggest event of the year. Join us and meet people from the foundation industries and build a connection.


Day 1 -5th December

09:00-10:00 registration, followed by

• Welcome by Prof Conchúr Ó Brádaigh, Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Engineering, and Prof. Ian Reaney TFI Network+ Director

• Prof. Julian Allwood, University of Cambridge, Transforming the Foundation Industries to have absolutely zero emissions by 2050

• Dr. Alessandra Parisio, University of Manchester, Data-driven optimisation framework for assessing energy and emission saving potentials in foundation industries

• Prof. Jon Willmott, University of Sheffield, Introducing high-temperature hyperspectral electronics to the foundation industries

• Dr. Michal Drewniok, University of Leeds, Element-based mapping of waste and by-product material flows for industrial symbiosis

Afternoon session

• Dr. Alastair Sanderson (Unilever) & Dr. David Bott (SCI), The foundations of the post 2050 chemicals industry

• Dr. Alessia Andrews, University of Manchester, Developing biocomposite materials as low-carbon alternatives to ceramic tiles

• Dr. Ronak Janani, Sheffield Hallam University, High temperature optical fibre coatings for next generation gas emission monitoring

• Dr. Matthew Hobbs, The University of Sheffield, Accurate Emissivity Characterisation of Metals from Near Infrared (NIR) to Long Wave Infrared (LWIR)

• Dr. Amal Hajjaj, Loughborough University, Micromachined based Multi-Sensing Solution toward Digitalisation of Foundation Industries

16:00- 18:00 Drinks reception and posters

18:30 – Arrivals for conference dinner

Day 2 – 6th December 08:45- 09:15 coffee, followed by 

• Dr. Lorraine Ferris, Henry Royce Institute

• Prof. Rachel van Duyvenbode (University of Sheffield) & Prof. Amanda Crawley Jackson (University of Arts London)- Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Future Proofing the Workforce

 Prof. Jennifer Tomlinson, University of Leeds- Can workforce diversity stimulate transformation towards a more sustainable future?

 Lord Rupert Redesdale, Member of House of Lords, The politics of carbon and the risks and opportunities to the Foundation Industries

• Dr. Rebecca Pieniazek, University of Leeds, Co-designing a goal interdependency method for deciding corporate sustainability strategy

• Dr. Maria Karafyllia, Nottingham University, Circular business model innovation in the UK cement, glass, and ceramics industries

• Dr. Taofeeq Ibn-Mohammed, Warwick University, Overcoming Adoption Barriers of Next Generation Processing Technologies in Ceramic/Glass Industries

• Dr. Iñaki Esnaola, University of Sheffield, Sustainable advanced manufacturing via ML-assisted exploitation of sensing and data infrastructure

Afternoon session

Panel discussion: The Foundation Industries Identity – Successes, challenges and what next for the community?

Award ceremony and closing remarks

16:00- End of conference