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Knowledge Transfer and industrial engagement

Knowledge Transfer and industrial engagement activity will be delivered by a Director of User Engagement and Knowledge Transfer, based at TWI. TWI’s role in the Network can be summarised as providing expertise across its technical base, together with experience of running networks and interfacing with industry. TWI is also a mediator and translator, and is willing to host postgraduate students, provide access to equipment in support of research projects, and to undertake industrial supervision of PhD students and projects.TWI will also lead the roadmapping exercise described in section 4.

The partners’ industrial connections will be used to ensure that the proposed research programme has industry relevance for the short, medium and long terms, has appropriate funding and guidance, and benefits from targeted routes to commercial exploitation.

Roadmapping to narrow the research focus

The direction of research will be defined by a strategic roadmapping of current Welsh strengths and future areas for development. This collaborative analysis approach will involve academics, industry representatives and other experts in defining the existing science and technology capability of Welsh universities, benchmarking their performance against worldclass standards, and establishing future industrial demands that will have to be met by Network activities.

The roadmapping exercise will be repeated in years three and five to establish an objective picture of the status quo in Welsh engineering and materials research and to enable its development along lines that meet and enhance industry aspirations.

The general findings of the first roadmapping are:-

The IfM roadmapping process combined with UK National HVM Competencies has provided insight into areas of possible research that the Wales NRN for Advanced Engineering and Materials (AE&M) might progress.

The tiering of UK HVM National Competencies for AE&M prior to consideration of Welsh capability is:

Tier 1

  • System Modelling and Integrated Design/Simulation
  • Smart, hybrid and multiple materials
  • Intelligent systems and embedded electronics

Tier 2

  • Energy generation, storage, management and security
  • Design and manufacture for sustainability and through-life
  • Biotech, biological and synthetic biology processing
  • Automation, mechanisation and human machine interface
  • Development and application of advanced coatings
  • Net and near net shape manufacture

With thirteen other UK HVM National Competencies not tiered.

The full report can be seen here.

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