The Royce Materials Accelerator Forum 2018

Posted on: 23/10/2018

Further information has been released ahead of The Royce Materials Accelerator Forum 2018.

The Royce Materials Accelerator Forum 2018 is being held on Tuesday 13th November at the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester. The Henry Royce Institute is the UK National Centre for Research and Innovation of Advanced Materials and supports SMEs with funding for research and development projects to accelerate the commercialisation of materials research and innovation. The Royce Materials Accelerator Forum is the first in a series of events from The Henry Royce Institute which brings together the SMEs leading materials innovation in the UK with funders, advisors, and supporters.

The event is particularly geared towards SMEs, start-ups and spin-outs that gain advantage from advanced materials, apply materials science in the health or biomedical sector, or that apply materials science for transport, electrification and related energy efficiency challenges. The event is a forum dedicated to supporting UK materials entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs, connecting businesses with funders, technical expertise and Royce facilities in order to drive innovation.

Delegates on the day can expect to hear about information on Royce funding opportunities for research projects, facilities access and how to apply. Success stories from established and growing materials-focused start-ups will also be shared, while you can organise one-to-one sessions with academics, technicians, and facilities managers to discuss specific needs for your organisation, while insights on materials research and development landscapes, as well as opportunities for business will be discussed. Speakers include Christopher J B Barkey, CEO of the Henry Royce Institute and Chief Scientist Professor Phil Withers, as well as KTN’s Brian McCarthy.


New proposed agenda published:

09:30 – 10:10 Registration, Refreshments & Networking

10:15 – 10:30 Welcome – ‘The Royce as an accelerator’ (Chris Barkey, Interim CEO, Henry Royce Institute)

10:30 – 10:45 The Royce: Accelerating Materials Innovation for SMEs (Prof Philip Withers, Chief Scientist, Henry Royce Institute)

10:45 – 11:20 Materials Innovation Success Stories:

  • 2D Materials: Graphene @ Manchester (Dr. Craig Dawson, National Graphene Institute)
  • British Ceramic Confederation & Parkinson Spencer Refractories (Dr. Laura Cohen, Chief Executive, BCC) and Dr. Jafar Daji (Technical Manager, Parkinson Spencer Refractories)
  • Crawford Healthcare (Dr. David Warde, Senior Project Manager, Crawford Healthcare)

11:20 – 11:35 Royce and Faraday: collaborating to solve the mobility challenge (Jacqui Murray, Deputy Director, Faraday Challenge, Innovate UK)

11:35 – 12:00 Funding Opportunities Landscape:

  • EPSRC ‚Äì Richard Gunn, Head of Advanced Materials, EPSRC
  • Knowledge Transfer Network ‚Äì Brian McCarthy, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Advanced Materials for Functional Systems
  • Henry Royce Institute ‚Äì Eliza Gardner, Head of Operations, Henry Royce Institute

12:00 – 12:55 Lunch & Networking

13:15 – 15:05 Breakout Sessions

  • Health & Biomedical
  • Transport & Electrification
  • Funding & Knowledge Transfer

15:25 – 16:00 Panel Discussion – Forum Summary and Reflections

16:00 – 17:00 Drinks reception and networking


You can watch a video on the event here.


For more information click here.


Register here.

About The Henry Royce Institute:

The Henry Royce Institute is the UK National Centre for Research and Innovation of Advanced Materials. With £330m investment in equipment and expertise, The Henry Royce Institute is are focused on accelerating the commercialisation of advanced materials through its support of start-ups, SMEs and large corporates with advice, expertise and facilities access. With its hub at The University of Manchester, The Royce facilitates collaboration between world-leading researchers and world-leading companies through research to bring real solutions and grow the UK economy. Some of The Royce’s research areas include 2D Materials, Biomedical Materials, Energy Storage and Nuclear Materials and is supported by its founding partners (the universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as the UK Atomic Energy Authority and the National Nuclear Laboratory).

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