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NSIRC 2020 Live

Thu, 05 March, 2020

NSIRC Annual Conference goes online for 2020

In response to the situation around coronavirus, and in recognition of the hard work students have already put in, the NSIRC 2020 Annual Conference will be held virtually for the first time.

NSIRC 2020 Live will be broadcast on Thursday 23rd July 2020 and will include presentations on the world-leading engineering research being produced by our PhD students on Additive Manufacturing, Composites and Polymers, and Structural Integrity, amongst others.

The agenda will include live Q&A interactive sessions with the students, along with two keynote speakers.

Here are the NSIRC 2020 Live Keynote Speakers...

  • Dr Jeremy Silver, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Catapult
  • Prof Andrew Curran, Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research, HSE
  • Prof Mark Gillan, Chief Technology Officer, Innovate UK

Dr Jeremy Silver

Dr Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult, is an entrepreneur, author and angel-investor. He is a Trustee of the British Library and a member of the UK Creative industries Council. Jeremy sits on the Boards of HammerheadVR Ltd, Imaginarium Studios Ltd and FeedForward.AI.

He was previously Executive Chairman of Semetric (acquired by Apple), a strategic advisor to Shazam (acquired by Apple), and CEO of Sibelius Software (acquired by Avid). Jeremy was Worldwide Vice-President of New Media for EMI Group in Los Angeles and Head of Press at Virgin Records where he worked with Genesis, Massive Attack, Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry among others.

His history of the music industry on the internet is titled “Digital Medieval”. He has spoken at TEDx, Houses of Parliament, CBI, SXSW and Midem among many trade events. His PhD in English Literature is on Ben Jonson.

Prof Andrew Curran

Prof Andrew Curran is the Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). He has responsibility for the professional leadership of 850 scientists, engineers and physicians, and for development and delivery of HSE’s science strategy.

He has oversight of HSE’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Workplace Health (WHEC), is the Chair of the Sheffield Group (global network of national health and safety research organisations) and a member of the Steering Group of PEROSH (Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and the Chartered management Institute, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (UK). He is an Honorary Professor at two leading UK Universities, Sheffield and Manchester.

Prof Mark Gillan

Prof Mark Gillan is responsible for leading the Strategy and Impact and Centres and Networks Governance directorates at Innovate UK.

This includes directing delivery of Innovate UK’s strategy, the design and development of Innovate UK’s programmes, ensuring that the organisation incentivises and drives economic growth through business-led innovation.

Mark has held engineering leadership roles in Formula One with McLaren, Jaguar/Red Bull, Toyota and as Head of the Race Team at Williams.

He was CEO of the UK renewable energy firm Wavepower and Head of Innovation and Project Lead for the ex-America’s Cup team Artemis’s autonomous zero emissions commercial maritime vessel programme.

A chartered engineer, Mark is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.


To register your attendance at this free online conference, please apply via this link.

If you have any questions, send them to the NSIRC team via our social media, or email


NSIRC 2020 Live sponsors

NSIRC would like to sincerely thank our NSIRC Live sponsors. We are very proud  to have their support in our first entirely online conference.