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Royce reveals Materials for a Sustainable Society Programme for MRE 2020

Materials research Exchange

The Materials Research Exchange is a 2 day showcase for ground-breaking new materials and their manufacturing processes organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network. Ultimately, MRE2020 is about taking new and exciting materials all the way to commercialisation.

Programme Announced

This year the Henry Royce Institute will lead the academic track in Advanced Materials for a Sustainable Society, demonstrating how innovation in materials science and engineering can solve some of the most pressing global challenges. From biomedical materials, through plastics sustainability to energy-efficient devices, during this session the Royce will pose to challenge of developing a truly sustainable societies to the materials community and share research that will help to unlock the potential in key areas.

  • Low Carbon Power
  • Infrastructure & Mobility
  • Digital & Communications
  • Circular Economy
  • Health & Wellbeing
Advanced Materials for a Sustainable Society | Wednesday 19th February

13:30 – 13:55 | Opportunities for research and innovation in advanced materials | Jane Nicholson | EPSRC

13.55 – 14.20 | Materials for a Sustainable Society | Prof David Knowles | Henry Royce Institute

14.20 – 14.45 | Formulation and robotics | Prof Andy Cooper | University of Liverpool

14.45 – 15.10 | Organic electronic devices for drug discovery | Dr Roisen Owen | University of Cambridge

15.10 – 15.35 | Advanced Metals Processing – Doing more with less | The University of Sheffield


16.00 – 16.25 | Saving the world one piece of plastic at a time | Prof Michael Shaver | The University of Manchester

16.25 – 16.50 | Materials for energy-efficient electronics | Prof Manish Chhowalla | University of Cambridge

16:50 – 17.10 | Six Really Big Problems in Materials Science:  Can Quantum Technologies Contribute? | Imperial College London

Visit the Royce at Materials Research Exchange 2020

Visit the Henry Royce Institute Hub stand (no.64 -67) to find our how you can access a national network of equipment and expertise available to academic and industry alike to solve materials based challenges. You can then visit each of our partner exhibits to see research innovations in 2D materials, Advanced Metals Processing and more.

Alongside the Royce academic track there will be sessions covering the whole materials landscape. This will include seminars on metamaterials and 2D materials, plus a session on plastics delivered by the UK Circular Plastics Network.

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will formally open MRE2020 and will provide the welcome address.

You will hear engaging talks from researchers, innovators, investors and industry on the modern materials landscape. You will participate in masterclass sessions on IP, R&D Tax Credit and pitching from industry leading entrepreneurs.

You will engage with policymakers and discuss potential Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) support for businesses and academia.


Click here to view the full Materials Research Exchange Programme and to register your place.