Reimagine Materials and Manufacturing Event

Join us on Tuesday 4th April for this in-person event to reimagine materials and manufacturing, learn about upcoming competitions, and find partners.

Event Details


10.00 - 16.00


Queen Elizabeth II Centre
Broad Sanctuary

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About the event

We would like to invite you to attend this in-person event to reimagine materials and
manufacturing together.

Find out about the following Funding Competitions:
£12M Resource efficiency for materials and manufacturing: CR&D (REforMM)
£12M Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture: CR&D (Susbio)

At the event, you will learn how Innovate UK is supporting innovation across the industry. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions directly to expert innovation leads at Innovate UK and seek guidance around partnering and funding opportunities from Innovate UK KTN.

A dedicated space will be set up for you to pitch your innovation, book one-to-one meetings
with fellow delegates, and to find partners for your project.

Come and meet these Exhibitors:

Who is the event for?

Academics, RTOs, and businesses of all sizes from the materials & manufacturing innovation community (including bio-based and chemistry) are all encouraged to attend.

If you are applying for funding from upcoming collaborative research & development (CR&D) competitions and are seeking to find partners, you will benefit from the event. In this case, we recommend that you have attended the respective competition briefing webinar (or recording) first before attending this in-person event. See the two programme web pages below for details.


To be internationally competitive it is imperative for UK materials and manufacturing to be net zero and resource efficient, resilient and responsive, and technologically advanced and digital. The UK has clear potential to become a world-class destination of choice for advanced low-carbon manufacturing.

To reimagine materials and manufacturing together and to realise this vision, Innovate UK has launched two programmes:

  1. Resource efficiency for manufacturing and materials (REforMM)
  2. Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture

You will learn more about these programmes at the event.


09:30 – Registration and Exhibitions

10:00 – Welcome and introduction – Ajay Kapadia, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Innovate UK KTN

10:05 – About Innovate UK – Paul Gadd, Deputy Director, Land & Maritime Transport, Manufacturing and Materials, Innovate UK

10:15 – Reimagining materials and manufacturing together 2050 Vision – David Elson, Head of Manufacturing and Materials, Innovate UK

10:25 – International opportunities – Cherie Gardiner, Global Innovation Lead, Innovate UK

10:30 – Major UK funding opportunities – Chaco van der Sijp, Manufacturing Innovation Lead, Innovate UK

To include:
£12m Resource efficiency for materials and manufacturing (REforMM)
£12m Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture (Susbio) 

10:50 – Exhibitor Pitches – Available to all exhibitors

11:20 – Break, networking and exhibitions

12:00 – Inclusive Innovation – how a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion can support innovation success – Led by Karen Souza Diversity and Inclusion Partner, Innovate UK KTN and to include Shruti Grover, Co-Founder and CEO of Pattern Project and Millie Flemmington-Claire, Founder of Human Beauty.

12:40 – Design in Innovation – Nicole Agba, Knowledge Transfer Manager – Design and Innovation Effectiveness, Innovate UK KTN

12:50 – REforMM Pitch Sessions – Available to all attendees

13:30 – Innovate UK KTN support – Ajay Kapadia, and Karl McCracken, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Innovate UK KTN

13:40 – Lunch, clinics, networking and exhibitions

16:00 – Formal End

Related programmes

Resource Efficiency for Materials and Manufacturing (REforMM)

Resource Efficiency for Materials and Manufacturing (REforMM)

The programme aims for the UK to be a leader in resource efficiency with organisations understanding the environmental, social and economic impact of the full lifecycle and thriving from adoption of resource efficient solutions which are fundamental to UK and global Net Zero ambitions.

Sustainable bio-based Materials and Manufacture (SusBioMM)

Sustainable bio-based Materials and Manufacture (SusBioMM)

The sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture (SusBioMM) programme seeks to address the challenge of developing innovations in sustainable and scalable biomanufacturing processes.


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