Future directions for lightweight materials and structures

30 Jun 2016

East Midlands Materials Society Regional Conference in conjuction with the British Composites Society and Light Metals Division of IOM3

The conference is sponsored by Innoval Technology and Titanium Information Group

Flash Update! Some places still available! Please contact Dave Evetts if you wish to attend. 

Joining Instructions available

Scope and Background

This conference aims to consider the challenges and opportunities for the optimum use of lightweight materials in engineering structures. The problems will be looked at from both a materials and applications perspective. Environmental issues will also be addressed.

The programme will feature a full afternoon of Invited Speakers, plus an opportunity for networking and a further look at sponsors and other exhibits. A wide number of solutions to problems encountered in high technology industries will be presented, and there will, no doubt, be different solutions to similar problems in different industries.

The venue for this conference is the prestigious National Space Centre in Leicester (LE4 5NS). It is easily accessible by car, and there is extensive free car parking (by permit). It is also a short bus or taxi ride from the mainline railway station in Leicester. Further details of the venue are available on www.spacecentre.co.uk. 

Registration will commence at 10.00 and a finger buffet lunch will be available from 12:00, served in the Booster Room, Early registrants will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition areas of the Space Centre at no extra charge. Lunch and afternoon refreshments are included in the registration fee. 



10:00    Registration opens / optional Space Centre visit
12:00    Light lunch in Booster Room

13:00-14:40    Technical Session I – Setting the Scene
Keynote: Prof Mark Jolly (Cranfield Uni.), Reducing energy by dematerialisation and whole systems thinking

Dr Fiona Charnley (Cranfield Uni.), The circular economy: enablers for systems change

Ebby Shahidi (EGS), Lightweighting – from aerospace to infrastructure

14:40-14:55    Break    

14.55-16:40    Technical Session II – Materials

Tim Wilks (Magnesium Elektron), A new generation of magnesium alloys for tomorrow’s aircraft

Peter Watt (CESD Ltd), Opportunities for vehicle mass reduction using polymeric composites – F1 for mass markets

Dr Neil Glover (Rolls-Royce), Lighter, hotter, stronger – future aero-engine materials

Dr Chris Worral (TWI Ltd), Hybrid joints – bringing composites and metals together

16:45-17:15    Tea and coffee / networking break

17:15-18:30    Technical Session III – Applications

Douglas Watson (JLR), Beyond conventional lightweighting

Matthew Lunt (DSTL), Lightweight structures in severe military environments

Sara Ronca (Loughborough Uni.), Lightweight structures in medical applications

18:30    Closing comments


Hot News for Local Students!

The first five students (undergraduate and postgraduate, but not post-doctoral) in the East Midlands area who have attended at least two EMMS events in the past 12 months and are members of IOM3 can register for the conference for free! The East Midlands area includes the Universities of Derby, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent and De Montfort, and other higher education establishments. Send your registration forms, with details of EMMS events you have attended by email to Dave Evetts 

Fees: IOM3 student members £25; student non-members £35; IOM3 members £70 (retired members £35); non-members £110, inclusive of lunch and light refreshments. Special offer – second registrant from same institution gets £35 reduction (does not apply to students). 

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Registration Form

Venue and booking

Event Location: 
National Space Centre
Exploration Drive
United Kingdom
Contact details: 

For enquiries including sponsorship

Mike Clinch


Gary Critchlow


Dave Evetts


Keith Harrison


Approved for Professional Development by IOM3


Innoval Technology