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1st December 2017, London

Early bird registration opens for MRE2018

The event will provide a platform to help develop commercial success of UK-generated materials innovation.Registration is now open for the 2018 Materials Research Exchange & Investor Showcase (MRE2018), the leading materials innovation event, bringing together the entire materials landscape, from academics to spin-outs to SMEs and product designers to manufacturers and users.

The event, which will take place from 12-13 March at the Business Design Centre in London, will provide a platform to help develop commercial success of UK-generated materials innovation by showcasing the new materials and processes to industry to accelerate the process of taking these through to commercialisation.

Unique forum

“Advanced Materials research and innovation will be instrumental in the generation of long-term economic growth and jobs for the UK. However, to realise the potential of advanced materials the research needs to be converted into products. The 2018 Materials Research & Investor Showcase will highlight the excellent research capability that exists in the UK demonstrating the current variety of applications in development, as well as future trends,” said Dr Robert Quarshie, Head of Materials at the Knowledge Transfer Network.

“This event is an absolute must for anyone working in materials and users of materials. It is relevant to a much wider range of sectors, as it will provide a unique forum for increasing interactions between industry, researchers and policymakers from a range of disciplines and market sectors, across supply chains.”

Bigger and better

The last celebrated Materials Research Exchange event in 2014 was highly successful and the 2018 event promises to be even bigger and better with more delegates and exhibitors expected, organisers report. Over 600 delegates are expected daily and 120 exhibitors.

Organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK and supported by EPSRC and Dstl, this unique two-day exhibition and conference will showcase the richness of the UK materials research and investment opportunities providing an ideal opportunity to absorb current trends and take a glimpse of future innovations.


At this year’s event, delegates will see the entire spectrum of materials community across the two-day programme including engaging talks from investors, innovators and experts such as: Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, Chief Executive of Innovate UK, Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of EPSRC, and Rebecca Endean, Director of Strategy of UK Research & Innovation, discussing the Industrial Strategy Fund support for businesses, the scope of current developments in advanced materials across key supply chains and through different sectors.

A range of universities, research organisations and SMEs will be exhibiting to demonstrate the wealth of materials in development. In addition, there will be a series of seminars and workshops demonstrating the scope of current developments in advanced materials.  This is the ideal event to build links within the materials supply chain to strengthen the UK materials offer to OEMS and End Users.

“Innovation in advanced materials is a UK strength – enabling technologies in sectors as diverse as automotive and electronics.  This exciting cross-sector conference will demonstrate the depth and breadth of UK materials research and demonstrate the opportunities available to companies to grow their businesses through the research and innovation support available,” commented Ben Walsh, Lead Technologist in Advanced Materials at Innovate UK at Innovate UK.



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