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Connecting Local Industry in the South to Materials Research and Investors

Event details
Tuesday, 2 July 2019
9:30 am – 21:00 pm
IMPORTANT: This is a two-part event

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Daytime Event (9:30-16:00): Connecting Local Industry to Metamaterials and Emerging Materials Research in the South of England


Evening Event (17:30-21:00): Connecting Local Industry in the South of England with Investors; Networking and Exhibition


The University of Sussex, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Knowledge Transfer Network, is organising this two-part event.


The Daytime Event:

The Metamaterials and Emerging Materials Event is intended to connect a number of universities in the South of England with local companies and industry to increase cross-collaboration between the universities and local businesses. The universities will be showcasing technologies to local industry delegates with the aim of boosting collaboration with local enterprise.



  • Network and inform local industry of the work and capabilities of local universities in this area of Metamaterials and Emerging Materials in the South of England.
  • Boost local innovation, commercial growth and collaboration between enterprise and academia by exploiting deep-tech research and developments in the south.
  • Showcase emerging metamaterials and materials to explore their potential commercial applications for industry and their positive impact on society and the environment.


Who Should Attend?

  • Materials experts, engineers, product developers and researchers
  • Industry R&D and innovation managers and directors
  • New Product Development managers
  • Public sector officers involved in: Health; Transport; Energy; Security; R&D and innovation; Environment; Creative Industries


Why Attend?

  • Learn about the latest in Metamaterials and Emerging Materials from South of England universities
  • Form new collaborative partnerships
  • Find new technologies for your industry applications
  • Develop new commercial products
  • Increase your innovation impact
  • Identify new R&D project opportunities and funding



  • Industry talks – innovation, collaboration with research base, case studies
  • How can public engagement and the press help innovation?
  • University exhibitors showcasing emerging materials and metamaterials work
  • Royal Academy of Engineering panel session exploring how to create and sustain opportunities for knowledge transfer between industry and academia in the deep-tech area.
  • Innovate UK talk on emerging materials support
  • Access to Finance and Funding from the KTN & Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Lunch and refreshments will be served


The Evening Event:

The Investor-Industry, Deep-Tech Industry Showcase is intended to highlight the innovations and technologies of local industry in the South of England to investors and to demonstrate investment opportunities to enable further industry-industry and industry-academia collaboration.


Who Should Attend?

  • Investors, Business Angels, VCs
  • Industry Directors, R&D and Innovation Managers
  • Innovators, growth accelerators of emerging technology platforms
  • Product Development managers


Why Attend?

  • See the latest from small, medium and large companies operating in the South of England
  • Networking opportunity with many like-minded entrepreneurs, product developers, investors, founders and innovators
  • Explore fundraising and investment opportunity
  • Showcase your cutting-edge products
  • Increase your innovation impact



  • We are inviting local industries and technology businesses to demonstrate their products and innovations. There are spaces for up to 40 exhibitors for this evening event: If you are interested in exhibiting your products and innovations, you will be able to apply during the registration process.
  • Canapés and drinks will be served in the evening


REGISTRATION PROCESS: To receive a free ticket to attend for the day or evening, or both parts of this two-part event, please register your interest in the first instance. We will confirm your attendance by email – please wait for this confirmation email before making travel arrangements. Due to limited space, we are prioritising industry delegates in the South of England. We welcome all participants to both the day and evening parts of this two-part event.