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TWI Core Research Programme Annual Symposium 2023

Conferences 07 December 2023

Bringing together industry leaders to connect, discover and innovate – 2nd TWI Core Research Programme Annual Symposium, 2023 

We are excited to announce that we are hosting the second TWI Core Research Programme Annual Symposium on Thursday, 7 December 2023, 08.30 – 16.30 GMT, in person at TWI Cambridge, UK. This event is exclusively for TWI Industrial Member company representatives and offers a unique opportunity to come together, interact with the Core Research Programme (CRP), and steer the future direction of research and development (R&D) activities at TWI.

There will be a showcase of over 35 CRP projects being undertaken at TWI in the fields of digitalisation and data, net zero, smart manufacturing, and new materials and circular economy. Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend a technology forum and listen to elevator pitches from CRP Project Leaders
  • Learn about the contribution to industry made by completed CRP projects
  • Discover the latest technological developments in engineering, materials and manufacturing by taking part in interactive panel sessions
  • Connect, and network, with fellow Industrial Members and technical experts at TWI to discuss challenges faced by your organisation and how TWI can help

An accompanying technical poster exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview of the CRP projects that have started this year, as well as the newly launched short-term projects, handpicked by the CRP Directors through the new Rapid Proposal Call (RPC). These short term projects are based on novel ideas that require a smaller funding level to develop them into higher technology readiness levels (TRLs). You will also have the opportunity to meet National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) PhD students who are funded by the CRP, and learn about the cutting-edge research projects they are working on and the anticipated impact on industry. 

Download the latest Symposium Agenda

Please note, this event is for TWI Industrial Members only and pre-registration is required.

What is the TWI Core Research Programme (CRP)?

TWI's Core Research Programme (CRP) is designed to meet the needs of our Industrial Member companies. Projects are selected that address the most significant challenges currently faced by TWI and its Industrial Members, in relation to specific technology areas and/or industry sectors that have been identified as being of critical interest to future operations. Each project has a duration of 1-3 years, depending on its scope, and is focused on either engineering, materials or manufacturing technologies.

The CRP also serves to expand on TWI and Industrial Members’ existing knowledge, harnessing innovative thinking and approaches to develop new skills, products and services, systems and processes, leading to reduced costs, and improved quality, safety and reliability.


Tat-Hean Gan - Director of Membership, Innovation and Global Operations

Tat-Hean Gan

Director of Membership, Innovation and Global Operations

Tat-Hean has a First Class Honours Degree in electrical and electronics engineering, University of Nottingham, an MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering with distinction and a PhD in engineering specialising in advanced ultrasonic imaging, both University of Warwick, and an Executive MBA, University of Birmingham. He has worked as an academic and in industry for many years, published more than 100 papers and contributed to several books on non-destructive testing (NDT). Tat-Hean obtained CEng, EurIng and IntPE(UK) status and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, the International Society of Condition Monitoring, the International Society of Engineering Asset Management and The Welding Institute. He is also a Professor at Brunel University London, where he is also the Professor of Structural Integrity in the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences.

As well as being TWI’s Director of Membership, Innovation and Global Operations, Tat-Hean led the creation of the £1.2 billion TWI Innovation Network which comprises an international network of RTOs, SMEs, large enterprises and universities. He is Director of the TWI-based National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), the UK’s first industry-led postgraduate education and research centre in structural integrity, and Director of Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC), a partnership between Brunel University London and TWI, as well as currently managing TWI’s Core Research Programme.


Simon Webster - Chair, TWI Research Board

Simon Webster

Chair, TWI Research Board

Simon is retired after a 34-year career with BP. He held technical and leadership roles in Aberdeen, Moscow, and London, more recently he was VP for Technology and BP’s first chief engineer for corrosion, inspection, and materials.

Currently, he undertakes selected engineering consultancy and is a non-executive director of TWI and chairs their Research Board.

Richard March - Global Process Lead - Welding and Joining

Richard March

Global Process Lead - Welding and Joining
Rolls-Royce plc

Richard is the Global Process Lead for Welding and Joining in Rolls-Royce, with responsibilities in: aerospace, nuclear and energy sectors.  In addition, he is leading a programme to reduce the occurrence of manufacturing defects across Rolls-Royce’s supply chain.  Richard is a Chartered Engineer with the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Dr Jon Blackburn -  Strategic Capability Development Manager

Dr Jon Blackburn

Strategic Capability Development Manager

Jon joined TWI in 2006, initially working within the Advanced Manufacturing Group and subsequently leading the Materials and Structural Integrity Group. Jon is currently responsible for establishing and delivering TWI’s Capability Development Programme, which represents a portfolio of ca. £10M of activity, ensuring that TWI is well positioned to support the future needs of its Industrial Members. Additionally, he has led the development of TWI’s 5-year Technology Roadmap and championed TWI’s strategic response to the hydrogen economy.

Jon has a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Doctorate in Advanced Manufacturing. Outside of TWI, Jon has previously served as President and Non-Executive Director for the UK's Association of Industrial Laser Users.

Dr Tanya Sabin - Senior Materials Engineer

Dr Tanya Sabin

Senior Materials Engineer
Thales UK

Following a degree in Materials Science and Metallurgy and a PhD in metallurgy, Tanya moved into industry as a Materials and Processes Engineer and has worked in aerospace, space and defence companies. She has had occasional projects and interactions with TWI over the years, for day-to-day support on conventional welding and NDT and increasingly on research and development, particularly in additive manufacturing.

Four years ago, Tanya joined Thales’ underwater systems business and saw quite a different set of materials and environments from previous jobs.

Through her role with TWI’s Technical Committee, Tanya has noticed many common challenges with industries such as nuclear and wind energy and is passionate about finding ways we can work together to all benefit from new technologies.

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