Materials Protecting Society launch event programme highlights

13 Sep 2017

Attendees of the Materials Protecting Society launch event, taking place in London on 20 September, are to get the most comprehensive overview of how materials play an integral role in protecting the environment, people, infrastructure and our future.

Keynote speakers from across the UK will be attending the conference, including Gemma Budd from leading materials technology company, Lucideon. Gemma will be presenting a unique case study on prescription drug abuse and how materials are critical to protecting our population.

The first conference will also see a paper delivered by Ewa Bloch from Innovate UK, who will look at sustainable production and management of resources for a secure and thriving society. Ewa’s presentation will outline UK and European priorities and funding opportunities for sustainable production and management of materials and resources, and their contribution to supporting secure and green society. In particular, the links between behavioural sciences and circular economy as well as promotion of sustainable consumption and production patterns will be explored. The presentation will also emphasize the importance of sustainable development goals.

The opening programme will also feature a paper from Louis Brimacombe, Chairman of the IOM3 Sustainable Development Group, who will explore how materials can protect the environment. This presentation proposes that all new developments should be assessed upon a life-cycle basis. Louis will examine how material selection, and product design should embrace not only the end of life scenarios, where higher levels of recycling may be desirable, but all aspects of environmental, social and economic impacts across the life cycle.

Steve Evans, Cambridge University’s Professor, will be speaking on future materials cycles. His talk will project forward from leading practice and leading research to offer some future visions for materials and their industrial systems. ‘The rise of digitalisation, biology, disruptions and resource awareness are key shapers of our materials future, and the implications are worth preparing for,’ explains Steve.

Other experts speaking include Dale Walker (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Debra Carr (Cranfield Defence and Security), Kevin Bygate (Specific) and Peter Bonfield (Building Research Establishment).


Further information

To register, visit the event page