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TFIN+ Christmas Conference, Sheffield

5 December 2023 - 6 December 2023

We would like to invite you for our biggest event of the year. Join us and meet people from the foundation industries and build a connection. Registration is now open until the 27th of November
Please get in touch if you would like to present a poster at the conference

Programme (full agenda with timings here)

Day 1 -5th December

09:00-10:00 registration, followed by

• Welcome by Prof Conchúr Ó Brádaigh, Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Engineering, and Prof. Ian Reaney TFI Network+ Director

Prof. Julian Allwood, University of Cambridge, Transforming the Foundation Industries to have absolutely zero emissions by 2050

Dr. Alessandra Parisio, University of Manchester, Data-driven optimisation framework for assessing energy and emission saving potentials in foundation industries

Prof. Jon Willmott, University of Sheffield, Introducing high-temperature hyperspectral electronics to the foundation industries

Dr. Michal Drewniok, University of Leeds, Element-based mapping of waste and by-product material flows for industrial symbiosis

Afternoon session

Dr. Alastair Sanderson (Unilever) & Dr. David Bott (SCI), The foundations of the post 2050 chemicals industry

Dr. Alessia Andrews, University of Manchester, Developing biocomposite materials as low-carbon alternatives to ceramic tiles

Dr. Ronak Janani, Sheffield Hallam University, High temperature optical fibre coatings for next generation gas emission monitoring

Dr. Matthew Hobbs, The University of Sheffield, Accurate Emissivity Characterisation of Metals from Near Infrared (NIR) to Long Wave Infrared (LWIR)

Dr. Amal Hajjaj, Loughborough University, Micromachined based Multi-Sensing Solution toward Digitalisation of Foundation Industries

16:00- 18:00 Drinks reception and posters

18:30 – Arrivals for conference dinner

Day 2 – 6th December 08:45- 09:15 coffee, followed by 

Dr. Lorraine Ferris, Henry Royce Institute, Decarbonisation: How to do everything, everywhere, all at once.

Prof. Rachel van Duyvenbode (University of Sheffield) & Prof. Amanda Crawley Jackson (University of Arts London)- Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Future Proofing the Workforce

Prof. Jennifer Tomlinson, University of Leeds- Can workforce diversity stimulate transformation towards a more sustainable future?

Lord Rupert Redesdale, Member of House of Lords, The politics of carbon and the risks and opportunities to the Foundation Industries

Dr. Rebecca Pieniazek, University of Leeds, Co-designing a goal interdependency method for deciding corporate sustainability strategy

Dr. Maria Karafyllia, Nottingham University, Circular business model innovation in the UK cement, glass, and ceramics industries

Dr. Taofeeq Ibn-Mohammed, Warwick University, Overcoming Adoption Barriers of Next Generation Processing Technologies in Ceramic/Glass Industries

Dr. Iñaki Esnaola, University of Sheffield, Sustainable advanced manufacturing via ML-assisted exploitation of sensing and data infrastructure

Afternoon session

Panel discussion: The Foundation Industries Identity – Successes, challenges and what next for the community?

Award ceremony and closing remarks

16:00- End of conference

Venue: Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel & Spa, 119 Norfolk St Sheffield S1 2JE


Transforming Foundation Industries Network+
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