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Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements & Critical Materials Launch Event
Wed 29 March 2017, 10:00 – 18:30 BST
The Birmingham Energy Institute is delighted to invite you to the official launch of the Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials. The BCSECM encompasses expertise from across the University of Birmingham and from the Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI) in biosciences, chemical engineering, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, economics, law, materials science, physics and the social sciences.
Over recent years the world’s supply of many elements including rare earths and platinum group metals has come under increasing pressure from short supply. Some countries have begun to use their position as a primary producer of strategic elements to dominate the downstream supply chains. Given the huge importance of critical materials containing these elements to many of the UK’s largest industrial sectors including many aspects of the clean energy market, action is urgently required. Researchers at the University of Birmingham are investigating sustainable solutions to the resource constraints that may be encountered with strategic elements and critical materials within the UK.
The launch event of the Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials on Wednesday 29th March 2017 will bring together scientists from the BCSECM, industrial partners, funding agencies, professional bodies and UK government. The day will encompass a series of talks from major industrial users/producers of critical materials as well as an overview of the work at the University of Birmingham. We hope that this event will trigger wider discussion of this important topic, and that you will be able to reserve this date in your diary so that you can participate in the debate.
1000 – Registration Open, Tea & Coffee
1045 – Prof Tim Jones, Provost and Vice Principal of the University of Birmingham - Welcome and Introduction
1055 – Dr Paul Anderson, BCSECM Co-Director, School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham - Overview of the Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials
1105 – Mr Reinhardt Bütikofer, MEP Germany, Group of the Greens - A European Perspective on Critical Materials
1115 – Mr Andrew Bloodworth, British Geological Survey - Primary Production of Strategic Elements and Critical Materials
1140 – Prof Bob Lee, Head of Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham - Critical Materials: Some Issues of Law and Policy
1155 – Lunch
1300 – Mr Neil Glover, Rolls-Royce plc - Critical Materials in the Aerospace Industry
1325 – Dr Alessandro Mottura, School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham - Reducing Our Reliance on Rhenium for Achieving High-Temperature Capabilities in Ni-based Superalloys
1340 – Dr Allan Walton, BCSECM Co-Director, School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham - Novel Method for Production of Rare Earth Permanent Magnets
1355 – Dr Emma Schofield, Johnson Matthey plc - PGM Recycling: A Business or a Responsibility?
1420 – Dr Etienne Baranoff, School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham - Replacement of Platinoid Metals for Photoactive Dyes
1435 – Dr Paul Davies, School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham - Molecular Synthesis with Precious Metal Catalysts
1450 – Dr Neil Rees, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham - Efficient Use and Replacement of PGMs in Catalysis
1505 – Coffee
1535 – Mr Sverka Sjolin, Stena Technoworld AB - Novel Sensing and Robotic Sorting of End of Life Products
1600 – Dr Iryna Mikheenko, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham - Biotechnology for Valorisation of Precious and Rare Metals
1615 – Prof Neil Rowson, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham - Recovery of Critical and Strategic Metals from Secondary Sources
1630 – General Discussion
1730 – Drinks Reception
1830 – End of Meeting
DIRECTIONS AND TRAVEL
The venue is in the University Centre - Building R23 in the red zone in this map.
The venue is best accessed via rail, stopping at the 'University' station, which is 15 minutes from Birmingham New Street. The walk between the station and the venue is about 15 minutes across the campus.
Parking is available from the public pay and display North Car Park, accessed via the North Gate and Pritchatts Road, and also the North East car park on Pritchatts Road.
The dress code for the day is business attire / smart casual.
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