The 7th International Institute of Welding (IIW) Welding Research and Collaboration Colloquium bought together representatives from global industry, universities, and welding research organisations to exchange ideas and establish cooperative networks for future communication and development.
The event, hosted by TWI at TWI’s facilities near Cambridge, UK on 19-20 September 2017 saw over 60 delegates from 16 countries participate in sessions on additive manufacturing, smart manufacturing (Industry 4.0), and nuclear and renewable energy research.
Contributing to the sessions were keynote speakers including:
- Americo Scotti, Chair of IIW Welding Research Strategy and Collaboration Group
- Stephan Egerland, Chair of IIW Technical Management Board
- Jan Przydatek, Lloyd's Register Foundation
- Eurico Assuncao, EWF
- Chris Dungey, TWI Ltd/Lancaster University
- Veli Kujanpaa, Chair of IIW C–I-F
- Keith Bridger, Nuclear AMRC
- Steven Moor, Rolls-Royce plc
The event not only showcased new research, technologies and welding areas, but also aimed to encourage young welding researchers and students.
As well as the technical sessions, past and present members of IIW introduced delegates to the structure, organisation and working units of IIW.
The event also provided an insight into the TWI-affiliated National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), which helps deliver the engineers of the future.
Eight NSIRC PhD students took part in a series of ‘flash’ presentations where they were given five minutes to present an overview of their research to the conference attendees. The students also had a poster session where they could discuss their research with delegates during coffee and lunch breaks. By taking part the students gained valuable experience in developing their presentation skills alongside their research skills.
On the evening of the first day delegates enjoyed a networking dinner at Imperial War Museum Duxford surrounded by iconic aircraft including Concorde.
The event concluded with a tour of TWI’s state-of-the art facilities.
Feedback from delegates on the organisation of the event, quality of the technical content and papers presented, and the professionalism and welcoming attitude from TWI staff, has been overwhelmingly positive with special thanks going to TWI’s Geoff Melton, chair of the organising committee, and his team for making the event such a success.
View images from the event here.
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