Materials Protecting the Environment Seminar

21 Feb 2018

The second event in the Materials Protecting Society (MPS) Seminar Series. Organised by the IOM3 Sustainability Development Group. 

There is a real challenge for materials scientists and engineers to understand how their expertise and professional practises can affect environmental performance and contribute towards more sustainable outcomes. In many cases the apparent solutions to solving one environmental impact can increased impacts in another part of the product life cycle or perhaps in another impact category. So how can we make informed decisions in materials selection and new material developments to ensure that progress and solutions are heading in the right direction.

This event will set out the challenge and inform the debate on the following critical environmental topics facing society:

  • Climate change: transport, building and construction 
  • Ocean health: challenge of plastics and marine biodiversity
  • Circular economy: business innovation, resource efficiency and recycling   

The sessions will include Q&A and will encourage discussion and contributions from the delegates. We recognised that measures for improvement will need further debate and we welcome this to help support strategies on the best way forward.   



10.30: Registration 

11.00: Welcome and Introductions - Louis Brimacombe, IOM3 Sustainable Development Group

11.10: Back to the Trees: The New Age of Wood - Tom Heap, Science Broadcaster BBC Countryfile 

11.40: Circular Economy Innovation - Martin Charter, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Creative Arts 

12.15: Lunch 


Climate Change Scenarios for Business Resilience - Andrew Clifton, Chairman, Sustainability Manager, Rolls Royce and Chairman, Environment Working Group, ADS

Low Carbon Vehicle Developments - Alan Hutchinson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Oxford Brookes University

Building as Power Stations with Intergrated Photovoltaics - David Worsley, Head of the Materials Research Centre, SPECIFIC, Swansea University


How the Plastics Industry is Tackling Marine Litter - Helen Jordan, Issues Executive, British Plastics Federation 

Stopping Ocean Plastics - Ed Kosior, Managing Director, Nextek

Innovation Materials in Antifouling - Maria Salta, Senior Lecturer, The University of Portsmouth

15.40: Refreshment Break 


Interfaceflor - New Service Models for Resource Efficiency - Adrian Marks, Site Manager, Interface, Queen's University Belfast 

Reducing the Tyre Mountain - A comment on the possibilities and developments in tyre recycling - Martyn Bennett, Chief Scientist, Artis 

Circular Economy Thinking for our Buildings: Buildings as Material Banks - Katherine Adams, Principal Consultant, BRE

An Example of Sustainable Manufacturing for 21st Century Vehicles - Tom Sherifi, Environmental Programmes Manager, BMW Group (UK) 

17.30: Chairman's Closing Remarks 

17.40: Drinks reception 


Target Audience 

Scientists, engineers, industry managers, academics and students who want to be better informed on the critical environmental issues and who want to better understand how they can contribute to future solutions.    


Social media: #materialsprotect 



Venue and booking

Event Location

Event Location: 
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
297 Euston Road
United Kingdom
Contact details: 

Chiara Brooks

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