Mark Miodownik announced as the first plenary speaker for PVC 2020

25 Sep 2019

Mark Miodownik MBE FREng FIMMM, a Materials Engineer and Professor of Materials and Society at University College London, UK, has been announced as the first keynote speaker for PVC 2020 taking place in Edinburgh on 20–23 April.

Mark’s talk on ‘Innovating with the public’ will explore the history of the public’s relationship with plastic – the origins of the present breakdown in trust, and discusses a new relationship between public and industry as a new way forward. Using PVC as an example, Mark will outline how the economic and environmental advantages of a circular economy will be realised through a partnership between the public and industry and explore how we can build such partnership with clear two-way communications at its centre.

As well as his work at UCL, Mark has also written for The Observer, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. He regularly gives popular talks on engineering and materials science to TV, radio, festival, and school audiences. He gave the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and is a regular presenter of science and engineering BBC TV programmes. He wrote the New York Times best selling book Stuff Matters.

Speaking about the event, Mark said, ‘I am very excited to be part of next year’s PVC 2020 conference, especially as it relocates to a new venue in Edinburgh. My talk will cover the history of the public’s relationship with plastics and I hope my talk will allow for further discussions between the public and industry and clear communication going forward.’

Now in its 14th edition, the PVC event attracted more than 530 delegates spanning 42 countries across 6 continents in 2017, due to the dedicated efforts of the members of our organising committee – volunteers from the global PVC community providing their time and expertise to support the future of the industry.

‘I have been attending IOM3 PVC conference since 1990 in Brighton. No single event is as effective at bringing together and focussing the PVC community both on a business and a networking basis. The move to Edinburgh represents a great opportunity to move the whole concept forwards, combining world-class location and facilities,’ said Nino Mann, Managing Director at Reagens UK Limited.

Welcome drinks will take place on Monday 20 April at the Caves, which gives delegates and speakers the change to meet new and familiar faces and join us in celebrating the start of PVC 2020 in one of Edinburgh's most unique venues. This will be followed by a conference dinner on 22 April held in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town; the National Museum of Scotland provides an impressive venue for the PVC 2020 Gala Dinner.

More than 50% of exhibition stands are already sold out so any companies with a commercial story to tell can take advantage of the exhibition opportunities at the event and early booking is advised. Our exhibition floor plan is available to book online or contact or visit

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