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Launch of UKRI Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Metals

10 May 2021

The Centre for Circular Metals vision is to make the UK the first country to fully circulate metals by 2050.

About this Event

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Metals, one of five centres recently funded as part of a £22.5 million government investment is hosting its official online launch. The centre is a collaboration between Brunel University London, University College London and Warwick University; and over 30 industry partners.

This launch will outline the Centre’s vision and aims to make the UK the first country to fully circulate metals by 2050; as well as hearing from prominent figures in industry, public and academia. There will also be opportunities for networking and lively panel debate sessions with guest speakers.


Chaired by Professor Mark Miodownik

11.00 Welcome

Brunel’s Strategic Challenge (Sustainability / Manufacturing) & Universities UK Perspective

Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice-Chancellor Brunel University London and President of Universities UK

11.05 Climate Change Committee – What are we facing?

Baroness Brown of Cambridge (Professor Dame Julia King), Chair of the Adaptation Committee, Climate Change Committee; Chair of the Carbon Trust

11.15 The Circular Economy-Hub – Overview of CE Programme, Centres and role of Hub Professors Charnley and Hopkinson

11.25 BCAST – Re-shaping the Future: Towards a Circular Metals Economy

Professor Fan, Director, BCAST, Brunel University London

11.35 The UK’s Green Industrial Revolution


11.45 Circular Economy as an Opportunity for UK Metals Sector

Chris McDonald, CEO, Materials Processing Institute

11.55 Circular Metals Research planned work packages

· WP1 Circular metal/ metallurgy with Professor Brian Cantor

· WP3 Circular Business Models with Professor Jan Godsell

· WP4 Circular Macroeconomics with Professor Raimund Bleischwitz

12:15 Break

12.25 Interactive Panel Session 1: Barriers to Circular Metals, why is reality harder than the vision?

Panel: Professor R. Bleischwitz, Professor G. Scamans, Professor C. Davis, Professor Z. Fan, Tom Jones (CEO, ALFED)

Panel Session Chair: Professor M Miodownik

12:45 Interactive Panel Session 2: New Business Models for Circular Metals

Panel: Dr F. Ceschin, Dr M. Winning, Dr Z. Li, Professor N. Bocken

Panel Session Chair: Professor J Godsell

13.05 Making Metals Circular – the Aluminium and Steel Industries

Martin Jarrett, Constellium, Dr Mark White, JLR, and Gareth Stace, Director General of UK Steel

13.15 Q&A

13.30 Close

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Published: April 20th, 2021
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