MRE Exhibitor Spotlight: The Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment

Posted on: 20/12/2019

Find out about The Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment who will be exhibiting at Materials Research Exchange 2020.

The Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE) is a joint £8 million initiative between Newcastle University and Northumbria University funded through Research England’s E3 Scheme. The Hub will involve the recruitment of 32 new academic staff including Architectural Designers, Bio Scientists and Engineers together developing three new facilities including two new Bio Design Labs and a unique Experimental ‘Living’ House, we call ‘The OME’. The Hub also includes 14 industrial partners including IBM, P&G, RIBA and Arup.


Our vision is to develop biotechnologies to create a new generation of Living Buildings which are responsive to their natural environment; grown using living engineered materials to reduce inefficient industrial construction processes; metabolise their own waste, reduce pollution, generate energy and high-value products and modulate their microbiome to benefit human health and wellbeing.


As part of the Materials Research Exchange 2020 exhibition we are looking for collaborators (in both academia and industry) who are interested in emerging areas of biotechnology, or the challenge of building sustainable environments. Collaborating with us will enable access to a unique interdisciplinary team and state of the art facilities capable of the analysis and fabrication of biological systems and materials at multiple scales from bio molecules to buildings. Through our research projects we are also developing some very early emerging technologies for material synthesis using microbes. We want to use the Materials Research Exchange to investigate potential industrial application domains to drive this research forward.



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.


Over the two days of MRE, you can expect to hear engaging talks from researchers, innovators, investors and industry, participate in masterclass sessions on how to pitch to investors and on IP and R&D tax credit. You will also be able to attend seminars on plastic packaging, battery developments, smart manufacturing, metamaterials and 2D materials, amongst many other topics. Confirmed speakers include Sir Mark Walport (Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation), Dr. Ian Campbell (Interim Executive Chair at Innovate UK), Dr. Alicia Greated (CEO, Knowledge Transfer Network) and Professor Philip Withers (Regius Professor for Materials, University of Manchester).


View the full programme here.


Tickets are now on sale and available here.


Please visit the Materials Research Exchange website for further information.

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