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News in brief - September/October 2002

Connect, no. 120, September/October 2002, p.8

International recognition

Recent awards to TWI staff include two presented at the 2002 Annual Assembly of IIW. The Paton prize was given to Wayne Thomas and the Andre Leroy prize to Martin Bourton and David Howarth of Lloyds' Register. Jose Greses, a PTP student from Cambridge working at TWI, was awarded the LAMP 2002 Student Award by the Japan Laser Processing Society. Closer to home, Richard Dolby was awarded the Bessemer Gold Medal and Steve Shi the Williams Prize by the Institute of Materials.

Joining of plastics and polymer composites joint TWI/IMECHE seminar

This seminar - taking place on 24 October at TWI, Cambridge, will bring together for review the major joining technologies available today. Industrial presentations covering QA and failure detection complemented by actual joining and failure case studies will accompany a review of current best practice. There will also be an opportunity to see TWI's extensive facilities.

All those involved in the joining industry will find this event a unique learning opportunity from structural engineers to designers, technical managers to academics and consulting engineers to research scientists. The seminar will be of particular interest to delegates from the automotive, aerospace defence, marine, wind and pipeline industries.

If you would like to attend, or for more information, contact Madeline Willis at the IMechE. Tel: +44 (0)20 7973 1260 Fax: +44 (0)20 7222 9881 E-mail:

Annual general meeting of the Welding & Joining Society

The ninth Annual General Meeting of the WJS took place on 22 May at TWI, Great Abington. If you would like a copy of the minutes of this meeting, please contact Tom Howes. E-mail:

Call for papers

Welding Conference LUT Join 2003 International Conference on productive welding in industrial applications
Lappeenranta, Finland 20-22 May 2003

Papers focused on the results of scientific research and industrial developments are invited. Also subjects dealing with the latest innovations in welding equipment development and new concepts covering education and training in welding may be presented. Authors are also welcome to present projects and results where industry, researchers, education providers and international experts have worked together. Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail in Word format to the conference secretariat before 31 October 2002. E-mail:

Skills for tommorow's technology business

Institution of Mechanical Engineers - 3 December 2002

This national one-day conference organised by CRAC on behalf of the Engineering Council UK and the Engineering and Technology Board will address the subject of how UK business can meet the demands of the next decade. The need for commitment by employers and staff to cost-effective learning and professional development is widely recognised. This event will highlight key issues, good practice and effective strategies as a basis of improved action by employers and others. Information on booking and full programme details may be obtained from CRAC, Sheraton House, Castle Park, Cambridge CB3 0AX. Tel: 01223 460277 Fax: 01223 311708 E-mail:


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