Engage with...LIVE!

This event was an interactive physical forum where organisations discussed several Driving the Electric Revolution opportunities that boost electrification and the adoption of clean technologies across industries throughout the UK.

Event Details


09.00 - 17.30


Octagon Centre
Western Bank
Sheffield, S10 2TQ

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Engage with… LIVE! was an interactive physical forum in which leading companies and organisations met to discuss PEMD supply chain requirements, challenges and opportunities and explore future prospects for partnerships, collaborations and projects. All with the aim for UK industry to seize the economic opportunities from the global transition to clean technologies and electrification.

Event Highlights

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Engage with… LIVE! was a 1-day event, hosted by UKRIs Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge, representing a culmination of the two years long Engage with… series that started at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Engage with… was initiated to enable leading companies and organisations involved in PEMD to continue meeting, engaging and networking with the community, and it became an influential success with the series holding 45 events, presenting to a total of 2,500 people who asked more than 500 questions, facilitated more than 125 new introductions and directly initiated several new business opportunities.

The Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge is investing in Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) to develop the UK manufacturing supply chain capabilities to enable the UK to maximise the value capture from the global push towards electrification and realising of Net Zero by 2050.


  • Compound semiconductor power electronics and drives supply chain development
  • Electric machine manufacturing process innovations
  • Materials and end-of-life recycling in PEMD
  • Building a skills pipeline to enable supply chain growth


  • 09:00 – Registration
  • 09:50 – Welcome & Housekeeping

Hosted by Bruce McLelland, Emerging Technologies & Industries Knowledge Transfer Manager | Innovate UK KTN

  • 09:55 – Keynote: Driving the Future of the Electric Revolution

Session chaired by Will Drury, Challenge Director – Driving the Electric Revolution | UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The keynote speaker for this session is Martin Wood, ZEV Supply Chain Specialist at the Department for International Trade (DIT). Martin currently is leading inward investment efforts in all areas of the EV supply chain within the DIT automotive team and has over 25 years of industry experience, primarily in the automotive sector, particularly with electrical and electronic products, and specifically including components used in electric vehicles.

  • 10:15 – Panel Discussion: The Electric Revolution Needs Talent: How do we create a diverse skills pipeline to enable growth of the power electronics, machines and drives supply chain?

Session chaired by Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE FRSA, CEM | Manchester Innovation Activities Hub (MIAH)

  • 11:15 – The Marketplace: Exhibition & Networking
  • 11:45 – Panel Discussion: Materials and End-of-Life Recycling: What are the challenges and opportunities for a secure and resilient materials supply chain for power electronics, machines and drives?

Session chaired by Jeff Townsend, Founder | Critical Minerals Association

  • 12:45 – The Marketplace: Exhibition, Networking & Lunch
  • 14:15 – Panel Discussion: Compound Semiconductor Power Electronics: How does the UK supply chain meet future demand?

Session chaired by Paul Jarvie, Centre lead, Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre (DER-IC) – South West & Wales | Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult

  • 15:15 – The Marketplace: Exhibition & Networking
  • 15:45 – Panel Discussion: Building supply chain capability through Innovations in Electric Machine Manufacturing: How can the UK manufacture competitively in a global market?

Session chaired by Geraint Jewell, Hub Director | Future Electric Machine Manufacturing Hub

  • 16:45 – Wrap up

Session chaired by Will Drury, Challenge Director – Driving the Electric Revolution | UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

  • 17:00 – The Marketplace: Exhibition & Networking
  • 17:30 – Event Close


  • Interactive ‘amphitheatre’ panel sessions discussing key PEMD challenges and opportunities
  • Dedicated PEMD networking sessions
  • *Tabletop ‘show and tell’ exhibits showcasing the best of the UK PEMD supply chain companies
  • *Space is free of charge for the Driving the Electric Revolution cohort (including anyone who has either received funding or has delivered an ‘Engage with…’ webinar). If interested please indicate during registration.

To address the challenges faced by businesses, the emerging innovations in UK process capability and understand the opportunities to grow the UK PEMD supply chain from manufacturing, to new business opportunities, to talent development, please register your interest in attending this event.


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