Please note: The programme is subject to change. 

Unless otherwise stated, all Congress events will take place in the Virtual Venue.
Click here for the link to the Virtual Venue – please note: the password to access this link was sent in your delegate briefing email.

Tuesday 15th September 2020

MORNING SESSION  
10:00-11:00 Panel discussion: Two-way traffic: Knowledge exchange
Chair: Dr Hywel Jones, Co-founder and director of spin out companies XeraCarb Ltd and Mikana Innovations Ltd and Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Alison Campbell OBE, Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland and former PraxisAuril Chair, immediate past ATTP Chair, immediate past President AUTM
Alice Frost, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Research England
Richard Lamb, Programme Manager for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), Innovate UK
Dr Pete Osborne, Senior Technical Fellow, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

This session will explore how businesses and universities could work more closely to encourage productive knowledge exchange. Does ground-breaking work in higher education spill out effectively to produce a better informed, more innovative and more competitive industrial community? Does academia learn effectively from business? What are the barriers that impede that flow and what more could be done to make it easier?  We will hear about some of the recent developments in the field of knowledge exchange including KEF, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and the work of Innovate UK.
11:00-11:30 Downtime activities
Room 1: Meet the Knowledge Exchange panelists
Room 2: Meet the exhibitors: TecQuipment
11.30-12.30 Panel discussion: Breaking barriers: Industry, Academia and Research 
Chair: Prof Helen Atkinson CBE
, Cranfield University
Lampros Litos, Head of Services, NCUB
Emma McLeod, Mondelez International
Vanessa Wilson, Chief Executive, University Alliance

What are the barriers that prevent businesses and universities collaborating better on research? Conversely, what are the bridges that ensure that such collaboration is successful?
 
The barriers might be things like aims, language, location, timescales, budgets, working cultures, IP and open access, REF-ability, or simply not knowing who to approach (on both sides) and so on. Our expert panel will discuss those challenges and how they can be overcome.
EVENING SESSION  
17.30-18.00 Meet the Hammermen Award Shortlisted Students

The Hammermen Award celebrates students’ excellence and this year you get to decide who wins. This year’s award has received an unprecedented number of submissions and a team of experts from our hosts at Sheffield Hallam University has selected just five individuals to present posters in our virtual exhibition. This session is you opportunity to meet all five finalists and hear why you should vote for them.
Please attend and show you support for the next generation of engineers.

Don’t forget to cast your vote.
18.00-20.00 The EPC Pub quiz

The ever-popular Annual Congress Pub Quiz returns, but with an online twist. Grab your drink(s) of choice, a few snacks and be prepared to pit your wits. Teams will be allocated.