MRE 2020: Full Programme Update & Split Exhibition Space for SMEs

Posted on: 10/01/2020

View updates to the Materials Research Exchange 2020 programme, which takes place next month at the BDC in London.

There have been a number of additions to the Materials Research Exchange 2020 programme. Some of the additions to the programme are outlined below. You can view the full programme here.


Day 1 – Academic Conference – led by the Henry Royce Institute – Auditorium

The Henry Royce Institute is the UK’s National Centre for advanced materials research and innovation. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, the Institute was set us to capitalise on the UK’s significant expertise in materials science and engineering. The Royce aims to accelerate the commercial impact of materials research and deliver positive societal impact for the UK. To realise this, the Royce is launching a Materials for a Sustainable Society initiative to demonstrate 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 including: Green Energy & Fusion Power; Infrastructure & Mobility; Digital & Communications; Circular Economy; Health & Wellbeing.

The following talks will take place throughout this afternoon session:

13:30 – 13.55 Opportunities for Research & 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 & Robotics – Prof. Andy Cooper, University of Liverpool

14:45 – 15:10 Organic electronic devices for drug discovery – Dr. Roisin Owen, University of Cambridge

15:10 – 15:35 Advanced Metals Processing – Doing more with less – Prof. Martin Jackson, University of Sheffield

16:00 – 16:25 Saving the world one piece of plastic at a time – Prof. Michael Shaver, 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? – Prof. Neil Alford, Imperial College London

17:10 – 17:30 Materials for Realising a Fusion Power Plant – Dr. Heather Lewtas, UKAEA


Day 1 – 13.30 – 15.45 Masterclass: IP and R&D Tax Credit – led by Potter Clarkson

This IP masterclass will cover the following topics with a material focus:

  • Aligning your IP strategy with your R&D and commercialisation process
  • Identifying and handling IP opportunities and risks at each stage
  • Maximising budget and time resources
  • (Tentative) R&D tax relief considerations in the commercialisation process


Day 2 – 14.50 – 16.00 Faraday Challenge – The electrification of transport batteries – the materials challenges

This panel session aims to highlight a selection of innovative projects coming out of the Faraday Battery Challenge community. This community of innovators is developing new electrodes, novel chemistries, using metamaterials and even the application of AI to battery materials selection.


View the full programme here.


We’ve updated the list of exhibitors on the MRE website which you can view here, which includes Advanced Coating Solutions, IOM3, Intellegens, MaDE, STFC and Tecman. You can view spotlights on two of our exhibitors – The University of Sheffield and The Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment. You can see the list of confirmed speakers at the event by clicking here.


Split Exhibition Space for SMEs

If you are an SME who is interested in exhibiting at MRE 2020, it’s now possible to share an exhibition space at MRE 2020 with another SME for just ¬£500 + VAT. This offer includes the following:

  • Plinth with room for a banner
  • Set up in advance on 18th February
  • 2x Complimentary delegate passes including evening wine reception
  • Listed as an exhibitor in the event booklet and website
  • Company logo on the screens at the event
  • An electronic copy of the delegate list (including names and¬†organisation) prior to the event. Please note we are unable to¬†provide contact details.

These tickets are available to purchase here.


A selection of highlights from MRE 2020 can be seen below:


About MRE 2020

Taking place 18th – 20th February 2020, MRE 2020 is an exhibition, investor showcase and conference, which will demonstrate ground-breaking new materials developments and their manufacturing processes. Network with over 1500 delegates, meet key funding and decision makers and attend targeted seminars and keynote addresses.


Tickets are now on sale and available here.


Please visit the Materials Research Exchange website for further information.

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