Metals Fit for the 21st Century: Processing for High Performance Applications. SMEA Conference 21&22 June 2011

Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association
12 Apr 2011

This is the twentieth in a series of conferences organised by the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association. The conference will explore developments in the processing of steel and a range of alloys to meet the requirements of demanding engineering applications.  Five technical sessions will focus on alloy developments, process optimisation for applications in the Energy, Transport and Construction Industries, and  a review of some emerging technologies.

The detailed program can be found by opening the attachment - Programme 2011 - at the bottom of the article or found in the attached link

Professor Harry Bhadeshia, University of Cambridge will set the scene with his opening address ‘Achieving Engineering Excellence in Steels’Louis Brimacombe, Manager Environment, Tata Steel will explore some of the wider issues facing manufacturing in his closing address ‘Future Challenges – A Road Map for Sustainable Steel’.  

On the evening of Tuesday 21st June, Juergen Maier, Managing Director, Siemens UK Industry Sector will present the SMEA Celebrity Lecture ‘Can Manufacturing and Engineering Re-balance Our Economy?’ and share his vision on how the application of new technologies will shape our future.



As last year, the Conference will be held at The University of Sheffield, The Edge, 34 Endcliffe Crescent, Sheffield S10 3ED  [telephone +44 (0)114 222 8800]. This is a new complex providing student accommodation, catering and conference facilities within The Endcliffe Village.  Delegates should check in and register at the main building (The Edge), which houses administration, conference and catering facilities – the main entrance is at the right hand side, directly facing the car park.



The Endcliffe Village is approximately 2.5 miles from Sheffield Midland Mainline Railway Station and is located in the west of  Sheffield, near Broomhill.  There are good parking facilities but it is essential to obtain a Parking Pass on arrival.

From the M1 motorway (exit 33) follow the City Centre signs along the dual carriageway A630/A57/A61 Parkway. Shortly after entering the 40mph zone, turn right onto the Ring Road at junction 1 - Cutler's Gate. Continue along the Ring Road following signs for "University of Sheffield", "Barnsley A61" and later "Glossop A57", through junctions 10, 9, 8 and 7. At junction 7 - Shalesmoor - turn left and continue uphill along the Ring Road, still following signs for "University of Sheffield" and "Glossop A57".  Continue along Netherthorpe Road to the next roundabout - junction 6 - University Square - third exit for Western Bank (main University Buildings) - continue on the A57 for approximately 0.6 miles to Fulwood Road (Broomhill).  Instead of taking the right fork (A57 Glossop/Manchester) stay on Fulwood Road.  Take the second left turn after the traffic lights onto Endclffe Crescent, past Birkdale School to the University of Sheffield, Endcliffe Village, The Edge is on your right.

Note: due to recent road developments satnav information may be incorrect for the Ring Road.  Visit , useful links; visitors; maps & travel advice and download the Central Sheffield Map.


Accommodation is in the newly completed Endcliffe Village, single student rooms with en-suite WC and shower and coffee/tea making facilities available with full English Breakfast at £46.00 + VAT.  It is expected that most delegates will require accommodation on Tuesday 21st June.  However accommodation is also available on Monday 20th June and Wednesday 22nd June – please indicate your requirements on the registration form. There will be coach transfers to The Auditorium for those attending the Celebrity Lecture.

CELEBRITY LECTURE – Tuesday 21st June

Juergen Maier, Managing Director, Siemens UK Industry Sector will present the SMEA Celebrity Lecture at 7.00 pm on the 21st June in The Auditorium, Students Union, University of Sheffield.  He will address the very topical question 'Can Manufacturing and Engineering Re-balance Our Economy?'  Juergen manages the largest of Siemens UK operations with over 4,700 employees and six divisions and will share his vision on how the application of new technologies will shape our future.   The Interval Bar, in University Students Union, will be open at 5.45 pm.  Following the lecture there will be a Buffet Supper.  There is no charge for the evening, but it is essential that you reserve a place.  Please indicate your requirements on the Registration Form.   You may bring a guest.


Early Registration is essential, as there are a limited number of places.

The fee for the conference is £200.00 + VAT and includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.  Delegates will receive an authors’ summary of the papers.  If you are unable to attend both days or have a specific interest, you can register for one day at £140.00 + VAT. There is a special delegate rate of £140.00 + VAT for students in full time education.

PLEASE NOTE:  to minimise administration costs, your registration will not be acknowledged unless specifically requested.  All information and documentation will be available at the Registration Desk.

A registration form can be found in the attachment - Registration Form - at the bottom of this article.  


There will be a small exhibition for producers, plant and equipment manufacturers and companies providing services.  The exhibition will be next to the Conference Room and Bar/Coffee Lounge.  Time has been allocated on the Tuesday afternoon to ensure that delegates have opportunity to view exhibits in detail. Areas of approximately 6 sq.metres (10 x 6 feet) are available at £400 + VAT.   Tables, chairs and mains electricity are provided.   Please let us know your requirements as soon as possible.


Please complete the enclosed registration form and return it with a cheque (drawn on a UK bank) for the correct amount, payable to SMEA Events Limited.  Tax invoices quoting SMEA Events Limited VAT Registration No. 600 2323 15 will be issued on request.  If you pay via a non-UK bank, there is an additional fee of £10.00 to cover bank clearance charges.

Payment may be made by direct bank transfer to the account of SMEA Events Limited at HSBC Bank, Fargate, Sheffield.  Sorting Code 40-41-13.  Account No: 61622617 – please ensure that transaction charges are to your account.  Overseas remittances should be made to International Bank Account:  GB84MIDL40411361622617 Bank Identifier: MIDLGB2113C

Please fax a copy of the transaction document to +44(0)114 263 0204.


Payment must be received by the date of the Conference, otherwise admittance cannot be granted.  Individuals and companies are responsible for the safety of personal belongings and exhibition material and are advised that they should be suitably insured.  In the event of cancellation of registration on or before Monday 13th June 2011, fees will be refunded in full.  It is regretted that after 13 June there will be no refunds, but a company may arrange for an alternative person to attend.

The Closing Date for registration is Monday 13 June 2011

For further information please contact Dr Ken Ridal
Tel No:  0114 230 5650    Fax:  0114 263 0204    E-mail: