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ACCIS CDT conference 2018

Andres Rivero with his prize winning poster Logan Wang

The graphic recording starting to take shape Logan Wang

Dr Ian Hamerton introduces the industry panellists

18 April 2018

7th Annual Conference of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT) welcomed another record number of delegates to its 7th Annual Conference on the morning of Tuesday 10 April 2018.

With the advantage of a new venue this year, courtesy of the Faculty’s £19million growth project the event promised to be bigger and better than ever and did not disappoint.

Delegates were treated to an impressive showcase of the CDT students’ high quality and diverse composites research through a series of 20 research presentations and a display of over 40 posters and interactive exhibits. The presentations were rounded off with an energising ‘quick-fire’ session, which tested the students’ skills at condensing their work into a concise two-minute summary.

Take a look at the presentation slides and view all the posters in the CDT Conference Poster Booklet 2018 (PDF, 10,006kB). (Videos of the presentations will be posted to the CDT’s YouTube channel later in the year.)

In a quiet corner of the main room a local artist, Helen Frost, captured a graphical recording of the day, which students and delegates enjoyed watching develop throughout the morning. Take a look at the finished artwork (PDF, 484kB), which will now take pride of place on display in the CDT’s offices.

Following the completion of formal conference proceedings in the morning, the CDT students took part in a series of researcher development activities, including skills workshops on scientific visualisation, wellbeing, research leadership, and software engineering. Finally, the CDT cohorts attended an industry-led discussion panel, comprising experts drawn from DSM, Leonardo Helicopters, NCC, and ORE Catapult, and including two former CDT students from the 2011 and 2012 cohorts. One second year CDT student remarked that: “It’s always good to hear career advice from those in industry, especially ex-CDT members.”

To round off the day CDT students and staff gathered at the Radisson Blu hotel on Bristol’s harbourside for a well-deserved meal. The highlight of the evening was the traditional prize giving ceremony for the winners of the conference poster competitions. This year’s winners were:

CDT Deputy Director and Research Coordinator, Dr Ian Hamerton, said: “We always look forward to the annual ACCIS CDT Conference, which represents the culmination of a year of hard work and research innovation. The event contributes many benefits to students’ development, and offers the cohorts a unique opportunity to network with industry throughout the day. We were delighted to receive positive feedback on the event, with new research collaborations being forged during the day. We are already looking ahead to planning for 2019 when we hope to welcome new delegates to Bristol for their first ACCIS CDT Conference.”

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