Engineering Wales Conference - reflecting on the event
First Major Industry Academia Conference Comes to Wales
The Sêr Cymru National Research Network (NRN) in Advanced Engineering and Materials (AEM) played host to Wales’ first major engineering conference this October namely, ‘Engineering Wales’, showcasing the very best of engineering innovation to enhance and promote collaborative partnerships between academia and industry.
With the event taking place in the Welsh capital at the Mercure Holland House hotel industrialists, academics, funding bodies and public alike could relish in the exhibition of Welsh innovation and be at the forefront of the future of engineering in Wales.
Eight workshops provided the platform to celebrate this ingenuity from discovering the latest in nuclear power through the BWR Network to understanding the factory of the future with Swansea University’s IMPACT project. The workshops provided the opportunity for academics and those from industry to explore the diverse skills needed to boost both societal and economic means within Wales and promote it as a scientific hub on the international stage. To learn more about the workshops delivered at the event please click the presentation tab.
The onset of advanced engineering and the future of pioneering new materials was a focused themed throughout the day’s event. With Tidal Lagoon Power’s Technical Director, Ton Fijen, highlighting the future of new energy through marine power it was clear how vital those partnerships between academia and industry are in enhancing the future of science within the country.
“Our work with Universities is a key part of our strategy and we were therefore delighted to be supporting Engineering Wales; an event that really showcased the international scientific capabilities that we are proud to be a part of.” - Ton Fijen, Technical Director, Tidal Lagoon Power.
From marine power to luxury car manufacturing, Engineering Wales provided scope on these crucial collaborations and with luxury car manufacturer, Aston Martin, having recently set its eyes on the country for the future of its production, it was fitting that the company’s Chief Engineer of Concept and Innovation, Pete Jolley, presented on why Wales and its academics are vital to enhancing the needs of industries such as this.
“From initial undergraduates moving through to their first work is one aspect of us being able to train those to become the engineers of the future and that’s vital as you need that constant cycle of good talent… going beyond that with universities it’s about building technical partnerships working with first tier suppliers and the government to look at areas of research that are valid to industry and without doubt that’s absolutely critical in us keeping competitive.” – Pete Jolley, Aston Martin
With innovative projects and manufacturers paving the way for industrialists and academia to form vital collaborative partnerships to both exploit the scientific talent harboured within Welsh universities and similarly highlight the unique research roles created within industry, Engineering Wales, was an event designed to explore those relations and exploit the breakthrough science from across Welsh Universities, whilst giving companies a platform to expand their ideas to scientific researchers.
This event was a flagship event to exploit blue sky research as a catalyst in fulfilling a company’s needs on both a commercial and economic front.
"We are an Engineering Apprenticeship Provider so it was a great opportunity to be involved and find out what's being developed. We work with a variety of employers and apprentices so it's vital we keep up to speed with developments, changes and good news stories in the sector."- Delegate Feedback
"(Engineering Wales) gave the opportunity to feel part of a pan-Wales Engineering community with its own identity" - Delegate Feedback
A total of 205 people attended this inaugural event, 134 of these coming from the HE sector, 50 from industry with the remaining from educational institutes and funding bodies.
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