Materials Science Institute Conference


March 22nd & 23rd, Lancaster Conference Centre, Lancaster University

The development of new materials, their characterisation and modelling, is an essential part of modern technology and its delivery, providing a strong platform for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Our multidisciplinary Materials Science Institute unites chemists, physicists, engineers, computer scientists, environmental scientists, biologists, designers and social scientists, covering all development stages from modelling a new material, through material synthesis and characterization, to applying that material in the real world.

Businesses and researchers with an interest in materials science are invited to a conference to foster collaboration in this exciting field and celebrate the formation of our Materials Science Institute

Key note speakers from Lancaster University, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and the EPSRC, will discuss the importance of materials science followed by a wine reception at an exhibition of Lancaster’s research expertise, and dinner.

The conference will feature a series of short talks from academia, the public sector, and industry,  providing excellent networking opportunities for all delegates.

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Conference talks will focus on four themes

  • Photonics and nanostructures
  • Quantum sciences
  • Artificial engineered materials
  • Chemical and biological materials

 Speakers include

  • Professor Markus Amann, Technische Universität München
  • Andrew Bourne, EPSRC
  • Professor Melinda Duer, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Alexandros Fereidis, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Thierry Ferrus, Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory
  • Mike Hinton, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • Dr Tommaso Orzali, Cardiff University
  • Dr Emily Parnham, DuPoint Teijin Films UK
  • Michael Robertson, CIP Technologies
  • Professor Matthew Rosseinsky, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Freddie Withers, National Graphene Institute, University of Manchester
  • Professor Yiannis Vardaxoglou, Loughborough University

From Lancaster University

  • Dr Andrew Marshall, Physics
  • Dr Jonathan Prance, Physics
  • Jonny Roberts, Physics
  • Dr Abbie Trewin, Chemistry
  • Dr Svetlana Zolotovskaya, Engineering

Exhibition of research and industry

Posters and demonstrations outlining cutting-edge research being undertaken at Lancaster University will be mixed with exhibits from businesses to promote their organisation in an exhibition space used for all breakout sessions.

Cutting edge facilities

Guided tours will be offered of the Physics Department, including the new £4m class 100 and class 1000 clean rooms, our Chemistry Department and our new award winning Engineering Department.

Network and meet

Delegates on both days of the event will include representatives from local small and medium enterprises, large organisations, the public sector and academia. Postgraduate students are welcome to attend the event, but student tickets exclude the dinner.



22nd March

09:00     Registration with refreshments

09:30     Welcome, introductions & housekeeping

09:40     Theme 1: Photonics and nanostructures

11:10     Morning break

11:30     Theme 2: Quantum sciences

13:00     Lunch

14:00     Optional building tours or networking

              Exhibition and networking

15:00     Keynote speakers

16:00     Wine reception

17:30     Day close

19:00     Dinner


23rd March

09:00     Registration with refreshments

09:30     Welcome, introductions & housekeeping

09:40     Theme 3: Artificial engineered materials

11:10     Morning break

11:30     Theme 4: Chemical and biomaterials

13:20     Lunch

14:15     Day close


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For further information please contact: James Harrison