Unmissable Advanced Materials Conference Programme and Expert Speakers Announced

Europe’s leading event for the advanced materials industry, The Advanced Materials Show, has released details of its conference programme for 2021 featuring exclusive insight and leading global speakers.

The two-track conference, taking place on the 7th – 8th July 2021 at the NEC, Birmingham, is free-to-attend and will bring together a highly focused audience, all involved in the research, production, purchasing or integration of advanced materials technology. The conference has attracted leading experts from global brands to share exclusive knowledge and insight. Once again the show will feature the Ceramics UK conference and exhibition highlighting the latest innovations in ceramics and glass.

Building on the stand out success of previous years’ programmes, The Advanced Materials Show and Ceramics UK conference will once again provide the best opportunity to stay abreast of the pivotal issues affecting these industries in 2021 and beyond. Growing even further, this year’s event is set to be bolstered by two exciting new tracks focused on batteries and EVs – complementing the numerous end users already joining the materials-focused tracks.

On day one (Wednesday 7th July) the conference will open with its first keynote session, ‘Pandemic? Brexit? Industry 4.0? How Advanced Materials Can Shape the World in the ‘New Normal’. Chris McDonald, Materials Processing Institute, Dr Laura Baker, Tata Steel, Dr Steve Harris, BAE Systems, Landon Mertz, Cerion Nanomaterials and Tony Kinsella, Lucideon are teaming up in a lively session to explore how the past 18 months have been transformational for every strata of both society and business and how advanced materials organisations have reported mixed experiences.

The next keynote session focuses on ‘Can Net Zero Also Deliver Net Profit?’. Annalisa Gigante, Henry Royce Institute, Dr Bruce Adderly, Innovate UK  and Dr Geoff Mackey, BASF will explore how Net Zero emissions targets are creeping ever closer and how material users and manufacturers will play a key role in shrinking carbon footprints.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from large-scale end users, and volume materials producers alongside materials start-ups, research institutions and government-backed technology incubators. Discussions will highlight property-led innovation – evaluating materials for their thermo and electro conductive properties; their strength; microbial resistance; anticorrosive properties; durability and much more.

Fresh and constructive ideas will also feature in designing, developing, producing and integrating the most sustainable, economical and best-performing materials and processes. Attendees will come away from this event understanding the most pressing challenges and promising solutions for the whole supply chain; and will be able share their own insight with peers on how the industry can look to stimulate growth and development – profiting the sector, its customers, and the planet.

Olivia Ryan-Hill, Conference Director says “The spotlight on the UK has never been brighter than in 2021. In a year that features COP26 in Glasgow, a newly post-Brexit landscape and a route out of the pandemic through vaccination – there is a clear demand and  a window of opportunity for disruptive innovation across key industries. The Advanced Materials Show and Ceramics UK are uniquely positioned to drive the conversation on what the industry could look like as we move into the next decade. The exhibition and top-flight conference connect the brightest R&D minds with the commercial and regulatory voices needed to amplify and cement growth. From across the end user and manufacturing spectrum, leading speakers will address how to turn world-class R&D expertise into commercial opportunity and output. This summer’s event is set to reinforce the reputation of this show as the go-to advanced materials event of the year.”

The Advanced Materials Show is of even greater importance to the material advancement industry this year as it will be co-located with the hugely anticipated Battery Cells & Systems Expo and Vehicle Electrification Expo and will offer unrivalled insight into current and future materials development, with experts from all sides of the industry in attendance.

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