Leading researchers to drive conversation on smart materials and technologies at Materials 2017

From biomimetic to low-carbon solutions, key figures from academia lend their voices to a comprehensive conference programme

With less than one month remaining until the event’s launch, Materials 2017 is proud to have the support of some of the most forward-thinking figures in the field of construction materials participating in the event’s conference.

Derek Clements-Croome, Professor Emeritus in architectural engineering at the University of Reading, will discuss the significance of smart materials to architecture, in particular biomimetics; how naturally-occurring biological phenomena can be mimicked to produce practical solutions for the built environment.

Professor Pete Walker, Director of the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials and Professor at the University of Bath will also be speaking at the event. His current research includes topics such as bio-based construction materials, materials for improved indoor air quality, structural masonry and innovative timber engineering. Low-carbon materials will be explored in his seminar at the Materials 2017 conference.

Dr. Tom Woolley, Consultant for Ecological Materials at Rachel Bevan Architects and former Professor of Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast, will be discussing bio-based materials. And, Dr. Sue Halliwell, Operations Manager of Composites UK, has also been confirmed to take part in a panel debate on composite materials.

Dr. Graham Ormondroyd, Head of Materials Research at the BioComposites Centre, Bangor University, will also feature alongside Dr. Woolley and Professor Emeritus Clements-Croome in a panel debate on the topic of smart materials.

In addition to the above themes – ceramics, stone, brick, timber, glass, concrete, metal, and composites will all be discussed in detail throughout the course of the event’s conference, looking not only at their use in creating striking designs but also at alternative functionalities beyond their common purposes within building structures, envelope, façades and finishes. The conference programme has been designed to give the architect/specifier a comprehensive overview on materials application and specification. Speakers have also been confirmed from design and engineering firms, industry associations, material manufacturers and suppliers, and architecture practices.

To see a full conference list and for other information about Materials 2017, please visit www.materials2017.co.uk or head straight to www.materials2017.co.uk/register to get your free ticket. Also find us on Twitter @materialsconfex #materials2017, Facebook and LinkedIn and join in the conversation or subscribe to the weekly Materials Newsletter at www.materials2017.co.uk/newsletter

About the event organisers

Materials 2017 is being launched from a collaboration between netMAGmedia Ltd and David Schindler, combining over 40 years of knowledge and experience within the construction sector. netMAGmedia Ltd’s key industry publications such as its flagship title, Architects’ Datafile (ADF), as well as other brands, serve as a powerful platform for the launch of Materials 2017. And Schindler has launched and headed up the world’s largest international real estate show, MIPIM, for Reed Exhibitions over 14 years.

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