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Transforming Foundation Industries Forum 2022

11 May 2022 @ 8:00 am - 13 May 2022 @ 5:00 pm

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The UKRI-funded TransFIRe and Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ are pleased to announce the dates for the first ever Transforming Foundation Industries Forum.

The forum will be an opportunity for delegates to discuss with investigators the results of small projects funded by the Network+; to share experiences of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion practices within the foundation industries; and for stakeholders to consider the technical and socio-economic challenges that the foundation industries face over the next 10 years.

The Forum will include three sessions spread across 3 days. Each session will be 3 hours. By registering you will be invited to all sessions and can choose how much you take part in.

11th May 10:00-12:30 Workshop One: Transforming Industries from Within – our EDI approach

How do we become truly transformative within our industries? How can we become more inclusive and diverse in our workforces? What are some of the changes that we are making? This will be an opportunity to hear from practitioners and from industry, to share your experiences and help develop good practice guidelines.

Prof. Sue Black (Durham University), Prof. William Sampson (University of Manchester) and Jo Stansfield (Inclusioneering)

10:15 Developing our ED&I approach in Foundation Industries

10:30 How can we further build on EDI initiatives in our industries?

11:30 Panel Session: How do we actually implement this?

12:15 Summary of Session and Open Networking

12th May 15:00-17:00 Workshop Two: Transformation Futures –Learning and Insights from our projects

This workshop will provide updates about the new learning and insights from our first phase of projects and introduce you to the project leaders from projects and our technical groups. There will be a combination of both presentations and short discussions.

Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ small projects

– Innovative green process to turn alkali solid wastes into carbon-negative feedstock for the cement Dr. Xinyuan Ke, University of Bath

– Sustainable Investment Assurance Model: SIAM Dr Stephen Spooner, Swansea University

– Sustainable Replacements for Coal Tar Pitch Binders, Dr. Cristina Valles, University of Manchester

– Paper & Construction industry symbiosis via AD for resource efficiency and a low carbon future, Dr Silvia Tedesco, Manchester Metropolitan University

– Valorisation of metallurgical wastes through chemically bonded ceramics, Dr Sam Adu-Amankwah, University of Leeds

– Deployment of a medium-high temperature waste heat recovery unit based on foundry sand, Dr Argyrios Anagnostopoulos, University of Birmingham

– Valorisation of foundry sands as medium-high temperature waste heat recovery materials, Dr Argyrios Anagnostopoulos, University of Birmingham

– Formulation of graphene-enhanced materials for resource-efficient laser additive manufacturing, Dr. Iuliia Elizarova, Imperial College London

– Improved Energy Efficiency of Float Glass Production, Dr Peter Green, University of Liverpool

– Investigation of a Flat Heat Pipe for high temperature waste heat recovery from metal slabs, Prof. Hussam Jouhara, Brunel University

– Using blast furnace waste heat to convert various wastes into new raw materials for low energy glass, Dr. Zushu Li, Warwick Manufacturing Group

– Feasibility study on valorisation of paper mill sludge to manufacture Eco-bricks, Dr. Saurav Goel, London South Bank University

13th May 2022 10:00-12:30 Workshop three: Networking and Horizon Scanning

This is an interactive session designed to provide opportunities for discussion and easy exchange of ideas. We will discuss challenges that stakeholders believe should be addressed in the next 10 years through a series of short structured breakouts.

10:10 Hub Cross Industry Analysis Update

10:20 Exploring Transformation in Practice: Introductory Breakout Activity

10:35 Getting Ready for the Future: including future funding streams and possibilities

11:00 Interactive Session: Implications for our industry – the challenges we need to address urgently

11:30 Missing and Urgent Challenges

11:45 Progress Being Made: Reflective Review

12:00 Prioritisation of the Future Challenges

About the TFI Network+

The Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) Network+ is funded by EPSRC as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to assist the wider academic and industrial community to exchange best practice and cross-fertilise ideas for the benefit of the six foundation industries: bulk chemicals, cement, ceramic, glass, metals and paper

Becoming a member of the Network allows you to advertise your expertise or business requirements to other members, identify other members who may have similar research areas for collaboration and submit applications for small project grants. Visit to become a member.

About TransFIRe Hub

TransFIRe is an UKRI funded proactive, interdisciplinary, inclusive research and practice driven Research and Innovation Hub with 12 research organisations and more than 70 project partners from across the foundation industries, trade associations, professional membership bodies, civic sector and government organisations.

TransFIRe brings foundation industries and their communities together through interdisciplinary research, to support resource productivity, competitiveness, equality, diversity, inclusion and climate action. TransFIRE is about looking at best practice and what common processes can be transferred between the industries, for example the minimising of resource use, lowering energy use and emissions, and using by-products. Email for more details and becoming a member.


11 May 2022 @ 8:00 am
13 May 2022 @ 5:00 pm


Transforming Foundation Industries Network+
TransFIRe Research Hub

TFI Network+ is committed to supporting, embedding and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across the network.

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