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The Future of Materials Summit

Added by evvnt_Platform on 2017-08-25

Conference Dates:

Start Date Start Date: 2017-11-13
Last Date Last Day: 2017-11-14
Deadline for abstracts/proposals Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 2017-11-12

Conference Contact Info:

Contact Person Contact Person: Georgia Grant, Customer Services
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Address Address: Luxembourg Congres, 1 Rue du Fort Thüengen, Luxembourg, 1499, Luxembourg
Phone Tel: +44 20 7576 8118

Conference Description:

Advances in 3D printing, robotics, extreme customisation and high-performance computing are just some of the elements that will shape the future of manufacturing. But nothing will impact how things are made, and what they are capable of, more than the materials manufacturers use. From programmable matter to smart polymers and self-healing concrete, new materials are set to transform our lives.

But that is only “may be”. Human beings are still inefficient at turning raw materials into useful ones, and useful ones in products. The road from discovery to production is long and strewn with pitfalls. There are many examples of wonder materials, much hyped at the time, that have failed to deliver the advantages they promised. And even modern manufacturing methods can be wasteful and polluting.

The Future of Materials Summit will thus analyse the modern materials “ecosystem”, from research and development, via supply chains, to business applications. Its purpose will be to address such questions as: How can this ecosystem be made more efficient and environmentally friendly? How can materials’ performances be improved throughout their life cycles – from the moment they are made to the moment they are recycled after their job is done? How can governments encourage manufacturers to develop new materials and to refine their production methods – if, indeed, such encouragement is thought necessary? And how are new ways of designing and manufacturing things reshaping industry?

In the spirit of debate and curiosity that defines The Economist, The Future of Materials Summit will bring together leading manufacturers, scientists, technologists and policymakers for a discussion intended to help crystallise what is happening, and to illuminate the role of novel materials in the manufacturing industries of the future.

Geoffrey Carr, science editor, The Economist

Hal Hodson, technology correspondent, The Economist


VIP only: USD 0.

Speakers: Christina Lomasney Chief executive officer, Modumetal, Karen Hanghoj - Chief executive officer -EIT Raw Materials, Jason Hartlove - Chief executive officer - Nanosys, Nigel Pickett - chief technology officer - Nanoco Technologies, Wilfried Vancraen - Chief executive officer - Materialise, Artur Kupczunas - Co-chief executive officer - Saule Technologies, Egil Hogna - Chief executive officer and president -SAPA, Nick Earle - Senior vice-president - Global Operations - Hyperloop One.

Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
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