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Bristol Composites Institute Launch a resounding success

Vice-Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady welcomes delegates Wei-Ting Wang

Professor Michael Wisnom introduces Bristol Composites Institute Wei-Ting Wang

Delegates in a packed Bill Brown Design Suite enjoying research presentations Wei-Ting Wang

24 November 2017

The Bristol Composites Institute Launch and ACCIS 10th Anniversary Conference was held on Wednesday 15 November and attracted around 250 delegates.

On Wednesday 15 November 2017, around 250 delegates from industry and academia came together in the brand new Bill Brown Design Suite, part of the impressive new wing of the University's Queen's Building, to celebrate the launch of Bristol Composites Institute and 10 years of ACCIS.

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor, opened the event and welcomed delegates, speaking about the recent establishment of Specialist Research Institutes and the importance of composites to the University of Bristol.

Professor Michael Wisnom, Director, Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) then gave an introduction to Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS)1, speaking about the history of ACCIS and the key milestones from the last ten years. He also highlighted some key collaborations, recent developments and goals for the Institute and introduced the two guest speakers.

Professor Mike Hinton, Director of Research and Technology Partnerships, High Value Manufacturing Catapult gave a presentation The Composites Age is Arriving2, describing the landscape and exciting opportunities for composites and Dr Dave Smith, Director of Central Technology, Rolls-Royce spoke on Composites at Rolls-Royce.

Professor Michael Wisnom introduced presentations on the three Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) research groups by their leads:

Manufacturing and Design3 – Professor Kevin Potter, Professor in Composites Manufacture

Structures4 – Professor Stephen Hallett, Professor in Composite Structures

Materials5 – Professor Fabrizio Scarpa, Professor of Smart Materials & Structures

The event was rounded off by a series of one-minute quickfire presentations6 by Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) researchers and then a chance for delegates to browse a bumper display of around 50 research posters over lunch. Posters displayed on the day can be viewed in our 2017 conference poster booklet (PDF, 9,443kB).

The day proved to be both informative and rewarding as a valuable networking opportunity whilst stimulating some great ideas for future opportunities.

Further information


1. 2017 presentation - Introduction to Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) (PDF, 1,548kB)

2. The Composites Age is Arriving (PDF, 2,191kB)

3. 2017 presentation - Manufacturing & Design (PDF, 5,206kB)

4. 2017 presentation - Structures (PDF, 2,679kB)

5. 2017 presentation - Materials (PDF, 4,276kB)

6. 2017 - Quickfire presentations (PDF, 1,754kB)

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