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The first Keynote Speakers have been announced for the NSIRC 2020 Annual Conference at TWI, Cambridge

The first Keynote Speakers have been announced for the NSIRC 2020 Annual Conference at TWI, Cambridge

Now in its sixth year, the NSIRC Annual Conference acts as an exhibition of the world-leading engineering research being produced by our PhD students at TWI.

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Over 50 students will be presenting their PhDresearch at the event this year. It is an opportunity for students to present and disseminate their research and its impact on industry via their fellow PhD colleagues, academics and relevant partners from industry.

The topics vary from advanced materials / coatings, novel joining methods, innovative monitoring technologies, data analytics, robotics, advancing non-destructive testing (NDT) methods and many more. In addition there will be a poster competition with prizes awarded.

We are also very pleased to welcome keynote presentations from the following influential figures from industry.

NSIRC 2020 Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Jeremy Silver, CEO, Digital Catapult

Dr Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult, is an entrepreneur, author and angel-investor. He is a Trustee of the British Library and a member of the UK Creative industries Council. Jeremy sits on the Boards of HammerheadVR Ltd, Imaginarium Studios Ltd and FeedForward.AI.

He was previously Executive Chairman of Semetric (acquired by Apple), a strategic advisor to Shazam (acquired by Apple), and CEO of Sibelius Software (acquired by Avid). Jeremy was Worldwide Vice-President of New Media for EMI Group in Los Angeles and Head of Press at Virgin Records where he worked with Genesis, Massive Attack, Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry among others.

His history of the music industry on the internet is titled “Digital Medieval”. He has spoken at TEDx, Houses of Parliament, CBI, SXSW and Midem among many trade events. His PhD in English Literature is on Ben Jonson.

  • Prof Andrew Curran, Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research, HSE

Professor Andrew Curran is the Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). He has responsibility for the professional leadership of 850 scientists, engineers and physicians, and for development and delivery of HSE’s science strategy.

He has oversight of HSE’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Workplace Health (WHEC), is the Chair of the Sheffield Group (global network of national health and safety research organisations) and a member of the Steering Group of PEROSH (Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and the Chartered management Institute, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (UK). He is an Honorary Professor at two leading UK Universities, Sheffield and Manchester.


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 3-D profile of corrosion pits
Dr Muntasir Hashim, NSIRC PhD Alumnus and TWI Project Leader, created 3-D profile of corrosion pits from the inside of metal, generated using X-ray computer tomography. Photo: TWI Ltd