The conference took place virtually, via Zoom, and included presentations from over 35 industrial PhD students and candidates, across many subjects and technologies including advanced additive manufacturing, machine learning, digital manufacturing, friction stir welding, arc welding, non-metallic innovation, composites, coatings, corrosion, fatigue, failure prevention, net-zero and many more.
The NSIRC 2020 conference was very well received, providing a practical and positive forum for exhibiting and disseminating, the postgraduate and doctoral research of the engineers, scientists and mathematicians that make-up the NSIRC student cohorts.
The continuing coronavirus pandemic had driven the necessity for the conference to remain entirely online for 2020 and 2021. As much as NSIRC values the face-to-face, personal and unique integrations and conversations that can only be generated in person, it is for the safety of students, staff, as well as society in general, that keeping the conference online, was and is the the only decision.
Throughout the NSIRC Research and Innovation Conference 2021, we will hear from over 35 industry-led PhD students who are in their 2nd and 3rd year of studies within the NSIRC programme. However, the posters that you can view here have been produced by NSIRC students currently on either the 1st year of their PhD or on the Brunel MSc programme. Our students have each created these posters to demonstrate what they have achieved on their course so far and what their research plans are for the future in each of their desired fields.
For 2020, it allowed our conference remain an annual highlight of the hard work and dedicated industrial academic research currently being undertaken by students of NSIRC and TWI. Chaired by Abbas Mohimi, Head of Public Funding, the conference was opened by NSIRC Director Tat-Hean Gan who gave an introduction to NSIRC, an update on its strategic priorities, research endeavours and future direction, and explained its impact on industry.
Conference attendees heard from three inspirational speakers: Professor Andrew Curran, Chief Scientific Adviser, Director of Research and Head of GSE Profession at the HSE Science and Research Centre who presented on ‘Health and Safety in a post COVID-19 world – understanding risk, using research and building resilience’; Dr Jeremy Silver, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Catapult who gave a talk entitled ‘Send in the drones’; and Professor Mark Gillan, Chief Technology Officer, Innovate UK who spoke on ‘Investing and connecting to accelerate UK innovation’. Delegates were able to choose from over 35 student presentations to attend during the day, each of which also finished with a live Q&A with the audience. Student research topics centred on additive manufacturing, joining technologies, inspection and monitoring, composites and polymers, materials, structural integrity, and standards and maintenance methodologies. Attendees were also able to view a showcase of posters by first year students, as well as over 20 technical posters published by post-year 1 students, on the event platform.
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