Develop 3D Live

The University of Sheffield is hosting the Develop 3D Live conference and exhibition on Wednesday 17th April and we would like to invite MD Club members to attend.

The event is free and there will be up to 70 exhibitors including the MD Club, Pitch-In, and MD Club member Performance Engineered Solutions.

There will be a range of speakers, workshops and industry panels throughout the day and the event is being opened by the University of Sheffield’s Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Engineering Mike Hounslow. The conference themes are Additive Manufacturing, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

More information and registration details are here.

AHEAD OF THE CURVE: THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY FORESIGHT IN REGIONAL INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

Foresight exercises are a useful tool in policy making, and are used by a number of countries, including Japan, Germany and the UK to inform economic strategies and policies. The Regional Technology Foresight team at the University of Sheffield is organising a workshop to increase awareness of technology foresight, and to explore how it can be used to revive regional manufacturing.

Ahead of the Curve: The Use of Technology Foresight in Regional Industrial Strategy workshop will take place on March 21st, 2-5pm. It will be hosted at Albert Works, the premises of digital marketing and AI agency Jaywing.

We are very excited to announce that the keynote will be given by Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Secretary for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation. Ms Onwurah will talk about the importance of technology and innovation strategy for the revival of UK industry.

Dr Patrick Noack, Senior Policy Adviser on Emerging Technologies and Futures at the Royal Society, will present on the role of foresight in policy planning. Laurie Smith, Senior Researcher at NESTA, who focuses on the technological, social and economic aspects of emerging technologies, will talk about how to build collective visions for the future of local areas. Dr Jonathan Bray, Deputy Head of Digital at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, will talk about technology and innovation policies in practice.

The presentations will be followed by facilitated discussions, and then time for networking.

There are a few places available on the Ahead of the Curve workshop for people working in relevant fields and/or policy-making. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please complete our short online registration form.

The Value of Collaboration versus Competition

Keynote speakers: Ed Hutt – Group Chief Information Officer, SIG; Dave Dalton – Chief Executive, British Glass

Date: Thursday 21st March 2019

Time: 17:30 – 20:00

Venue: Electric Works, Sheffield Digital Campus, S1 2BJ

The Value of Collaboration versus Competition – how do multiple partners work together, sometimes with conflicting priorities, and how do they manage this collaboration effectively to achieve success?

In the current economic landscape, working collaboratively is sometimes essential to develop and move your business on. Tapping into new knowledge and expertise from partners is key to achieve your shared goal but what happens when differing objectives converge? How are these challenges overcome and what lessons can be learnt by you as future collaborators?

Ed and Dave will provide insight from their respective experiences of working across different businesses, looking at how this has added value, impact and enrichment. You will have the opportunity to ask Ed and Dave any questions and get to fully understand their experiences.

The engaging talks will be followed by networking and a tasty fusion-style buffet. Stay and chat with our speakers, fellow businesses, academics from both universities and the MD Club team. Don’t forget to have a go on the Electric Works’ helter-skelter!

Who can attend

The MD Club is open to:
– Sheffield City Region businesses interested in university collaborations to further innovation
– Academics and relevant staff from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University
– Other regional organisations supporting innovation and knowledge sharing to drive economic growth


Agenda:

5.30pm – Registration and arrival drinks

5.45pm – Welcome and Introductions

6.00pm – Ed Hutt, Group Chief Information Officer, SIG6

6.25pm – Dave Dalton, Chief Executive, British Glass

6.50pm – Q & A

7.00pm – Closing Remarks

7.05pm – Networking and buffet

7.45pm – Event close

For more information, get in touch: events@mdclub.org.uk

Smarter innovation to drive growth: a business support workshop for SMEs

The Knowledge Transfer Network are hosting a business support workshop on 19th February. Members of the MD Club organising team will be at this event.

Business innovation can be the implementation of new ideas, creating dynamic products or improving existing services. Innovation can be the catalyst for the growth and success of your business, helping you adapt and grow in the UK and global marketplace.

However we understand that knowing what support is available to your business and how to access this can often be confusing to navigate, especially for smaller companies. Innovate UK has come together with the Sheffield City Region LEP to offer a free one day event for the South Yorkshire business community and organisations that support business innovation; to help delegates learn more about what support is out there.

The event will also explore and discuss the opportunities that adoption of digital technologies will present to businesses. The recent ‘Made Smarter’ review estimates that the positive impact of faster innovation and adoption of digital technology could be as much as £455 billion for UK manufacturing over the next decade, creating a conservative net gain of 175,000 jobs throughout the economy and enabling more efficient, and cleaner production systems.

So come along to hear about how these opportunities will support your business and to learn about what support is available both nationally and locally, and how to access it.

Register here

What Is the Future of Water and Public Health? Conference 13 December 2018

TWENTY65 is paving the way for a future that is inspired and enabled by research; that collaboratively and coherently accelerates innovation and generates a dynamic and energised water sector that delivers sustainable tailored water solutions that positively impact public health, the environment, the economy and society. Supported by more than 40 partners across the international water industry supply chain, TWENTY65 is a consortium of 6 universities.

TWENTY65 is hosting a unique conference aimed at students (at all levels) and staff who are interested in water and health. It will be a very interesting day with some top-notch international speakers alongside student and researchers. The conference will take place at The Edge, University of Sheffield.

You can book online at the link below:
https://www.rsph.org.uk/event/what-is-the-future-of-water-and-public-health-.html

We hope to see a great Sheffield turnout for this event, which RSPH might consider supporting as an annual event if we are successful. Please feel free to get in touch with us at twenty65@sheffield.ac.uk if you have any questions.

‘Working in partnership with Sheffield Universities – the key to a successful collaborative partnership’

Date: Thursday 15th November
Time: 8.00am – 11.00am
Location: Inox Dine

Join us for breakfast on 15th November for an interactive session to help businesses connect with the knowledge and talent on offer at both Universities.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) have been helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity for over 40 years. You will hear from former KTP partners from both industry and academia and they will take you through their journey and how they reached their business goals and collaborative success.

An interactive breakout session will follow to create links and allow 1:1 discussions.

The event is supported by Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) which supports businesses, helping them to innovate and grow. You can access specialist support and meet regional Knowledge Transfer Advisers from the KTN, allowing you the opportunity to discuss ideas and explore options to apply for government funding for collaborative projects such as a KTP.

Agenda:

8.00am – Arrival breakfast and registration

8.15am – Opening from the MD Club

8.20am – Hear from Innovate UK: Dr Trevor Gregory and Andy Barnett, Knowledge Transfer Advisors, Innovate UK.

8.40am – Hear from former KTP partners: Rufino Bolado, C W Fletcher; Jem Rongong, University of Sheffield; Simon Pykett, Penny Hydraulics Ltd.

9.40am – Q&A panel discussion with Dr Trevor Gregory and Andy Barnett

10.00am – Breakout Session

For more information please get in touch – events@mdclub.org.uk

How to Access and Retain Graduate Talent

 


Date:
Tuesday 25th September
Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Location: Roco Creative, 338 Glossop Road, S10 2HW

This joint event between both Universities’ Careers Services will highlight what they can offer in regards to work placements, student projects, internships, graduate jobs and degree apprenticeships as well as discuss how employing graduates can have a positive impact on your business.

The evening will also outline the work the Universities are undertaking in the Sheffield City Region (SCR) such as the RISE Graduate Programme and the innovative new Future Leaders Development Programme which aims to support long term leadership development, talent retention and business growth within the SCR business community.

For more information please get in touch: events@mdclub.org.uk

 

AMRC Workshops for SMEs

Date: September & October 2018

Location: AMRC Training Centre

In collaboration with the Sheffield Innovation Project (SIP) the Advanced Manufacuturing Research Centre (AMRC) are running 100% funded workshops throughout September and October for SMEs in the Sheffield City Region.

The AMRC is a world-class centre for advanced manufacturing. With members ranging from Boeing and Rolls-Royce to regional SMEs; the research and facilities available to commercial businesses are extensive.

Workshops include an ‘Introduction to CAD‘, Steel Metallurgy’ and the ‘Metallurgy of Machining’. All workshops are free of charge to regional SMEs that have not already engaged with the Sheffield Innovation Programme. More information on the workshops  and how to book can be found online here.

MD Club member Mike Maddock appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield welcomes MD Club member, Mike Maddock, as newly appointed Visiting Professor

Image of Visiting Professor Mike Maddock at an eventThe Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to welcome Mike Maddock as thier newly appointed Visiting Professor.

Professor Maddock’s appointment builds upon his active involvement in the Science and Innovation Board (SIB), chaired by Professor Sir Keith Burnett, that works to influence the strategic direction of the Sheffield City Region (SCR) to support growth and economic impact in areas that depend on science led innovation. Continue reading “MD Club member Mike Maddock appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield”