2020 Programme


3rd November

  • 08:00 - 17:30: Conference and Exhibition

  • 17:15 - 18:30:  Drinks Reception

  • 19:30 - Late: Conference Dinner and Entertainment


4th November

  • 08:00 - 14:00: Conference and Exhibition

  • 14:00 - 15:00:  Advanced Materials for Construction Innovation Tour

  • 15:00 - 16:00:  Panel Session in the Composite Forum

Day 1


08:00 - 17:15

Registration, Networking & Welcome

08:00 - 09:00

Registration, Exhibition and Networking

Grab a coffee, introduce yourself to fellow delegates, browse the exhibitions and get prepared for the day ahead.

09:00 - 09:15

Opening Address & Welcome

Hear from the conference organisers about what's to come.

Advanced Materials in Infrastructure

09:15 - 09:45

Opening Keynote:

Tim Wood, Rail Director, Northern Powerhouse

Northern Powerhouse Rail Update & the Oakervee Review

09:45 - 10:05

Martin Strawford, Technical Solutions Manager, Rail Sector, Dura Composites

New Substructure Design & Install at Robroyston Station

10:05 - 10:25

Julien Sellier, Founder & Managing Director, STRUCTeam

Applying a Multimaterials Approach Within the Construction Sector to Reduce Emissions & Deliver Value

Neil Farmer, Executive Director, Tony Gee & Partners

Infrastructure Applications of FRP Composites: The Vision and the Reality

10:25 - 10:45

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits

10:45 - 11:15

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits

Take the opportunity to browse the exhibits whilst enjoying a quick drink and snack to help you through your day.

Advanced Materials for the Smart Future

11:15 - 11:45

Opening Keynote:

Paul Russell, Strategic Sales Leader, WATSON IoT Europe, IBM - Smart Buildings

The Impact of Digital Twins on the Smart Infrastructure Industry

11:45 - 12:05

Gregoire Beauduin, Business Developer, Com&Sens

Structural Load Monitoring of Smart Structures with Robust Fibre Optic Sensing Technologies

12:05 - 12:25

Graeme Jones, Managing Director, C-Probe Systems

Use of Smart Additives in Low Carbon AACM Concrete to Control Corrosion of Steel in Structures for Indefinite Service Life

12:25 - 12:45

Ivica Kolvaric, Head of Department, Functional Materials, Fraunhofer IPA

Ultra Durable and Interactive Surfaces for Buildings

Lunch, Networking & Exhibits

12:45 - 13:45

Lunch, Networking & Exhibits

Enjoy a buffet lunch whilst perusing the exhibits. You could even take part in our exhibition quiz - there will be prizes!

Special Session

13:45 - 14:45

Charlie Luxton, Architectural Designer, Writer & TV Presenter

Sustainability, Housing and Re-wiring the Economy

Innovative Advanced Materials

14:45 - 15.05

Gert De Roover, Segment Owner BCI, Exel Composites

Composites and Building/Infrastructure; A Promising Marriage

15:05 - 15.25

Neil Gray, Business Development Manager, Technical Fibre Products

TFP Tecnofire- Applications in Building & Construction

15:25 - 15:45

Craig Dawson, Applications Manager, Construction, Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC)

Presentation Title TBC

A Quick Refreshment Break

15:45 - 16:15


Time for a quick comfort break before our last session of the day.

Advanced Materials in Industrial Applications

16:15 - 16:35

Jo Stott, Marketing Director - Strategic Markets & Business Development, Fibrelite

GRP Composite Access Covers: Driving Adoption & Changing Specifications

16:35 - 16:55

Nick Weatherby, Technical Director, Haydale

National Grid's Adoption of  the Composite Transition Piece

Speaker TBC, Composite Integration

Presentation Title TBC

16:55 - 17:15

Drinks Reception

17:30 - 18:30

Drinks Reception followed by Conference Dinner


Day 2

09:00 - 16:00

Registration & Networking

08:00 - 09:00

Registration, Exhibition and Networking

Grab a coffee, introduce yourself to fellow delegates, browse the exhibitions and prepare for the day ahead.

Advanced Materials for Architecture

09:00 - 09:30


Amer Affan, Managing Partner, Affan Building Systems

Composites in Architecture

09:30 - 09.50

Simonetta Pegoria, Architect

Architecture & Design in Italy

09:50 - 10:10

Atanas Zhelev, CEO, Digital Architects

Applying a Multimaterials Approach Within Wood and Carbon Composites for Large Span Roofs & Decks

Lunch on the Show Floor

13:00 - 14:00

Make your way to the Advanced Engineering VIP zone for your conference lunch.

The Future of Construction

10:10 - 10:30

Neil Appleton, Construction Lead, The National Composites Centre

Future of Construction – Current Landscape, Trends and Emergent Technologies

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits

10:30 - 11:00

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits

Take some time to browse the exhibits whilst enjoying a quick drink and snack to help you through the day.

Sustainability & The Circular Economy

11:40 - 12:00

11:00 - 11:20

Mikko Lassila, Director, Business Development, Biocomposites, UPM

Presentation Title TBC

11:20 - 11:40

Ingrid Pauletti, Associate Professor in Architectural Technology, Politecnico di Milano

Polymer Materials: From Microscope to Architectural Demonstrators

Vicky Summers, Principal Research Engineer, The National Composites Centre

FRP Composites in Construction – An Opportunity for a Sustainable Future?

Exhibitor Showcase

12:00 - 13:00

Hear from our table top exhibitors pecha kucha style.

Advanced Materials for Construction Innovation Tour

14:00 - 15:00

Meet at a designated area on the show floor to begin the innovation tour.

Panel Session

15:00 - 16:00

Make your way to the Composite Forum within the Advanced Engineering Show to see the end-users panel session and have your say in how we promote and increase the use of Advanced Materials in Construction.

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