18 April 2017
6th Annual Conference of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science
On the morning of Tuesday 11 April 2017 the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT) welcomed a record number of delegates to its sixth annual conference. The 140 plus attendees, which included representatives from 24 companies and 10 Higher Education Institutions, were treated to an impressive showcase of CDT students’ high quality and diverse research work.
The morning and lunchtime poster sessions gave delegates an opportunity to meet with, and discuss the research being undertaken by, CDT students across all years. In addition to the research posters on show, the first-year cohort hosted an interactive display of their group Design, Build and Test project work, incorporating a preview of their DBT video (see previous videos).
All posters displayed on the day can be viewed in the CDT Conference Poster Booklet 2017 (PDF, 10,060kB).
First place poster prizes were awarded to Robert Iredale and Giampaolo Ariu. Robert’s poster (Development of liquid processable BT resins (PDF, 442kB)) received most votes from external delegates, while Giampaolo's poster (Positioning and aligning CNTs by external magnetic field to assist [...] (PDF, 1,212kB)) won the hotly contested ‘popular’ vote from the CDT student body.
The presentation session commenced with an update on the CDT's activities over the past year from CDT Director, Professor Paul Weaver. Second, third and fourth year CDT students then introduced their current research through a series of thematically grouped presentations, including a fast-paced 2-minute-2-slide ‘quickfire’ round.
Following the close of formal conference proceedings, the CDT students had a jam-packed afternoon of researcher development and cohort-building activities to look forward to. These included: workshops (on photography, python programming, paper writing, and assertive communication), an industry-led discussion panel (with panellists from Airbus, NCC, Oxford Space Systems, Rolls-Royce, and Victrex), a boat tour of Bristol’s harbour, and a conference dinner at the nearby Avon Gorge Hotel, where the all-important prizes were announced.
It’s an extremely rewarding day for all involved, representing the culmination of many months and year’s hard work, and one that seems to get bigger and better every year. The CDT is already looking ahead to its 7th Annual Conference and looks forward to welcoming you to Bristol in April 2018.