EPC ANNUAL CONGRESS 2020: Industry & Academia – Supercharging the Crucible

Date(s) - 06/04/2020 - 08/04/2020

We have now opened bookings and the Hammermen student prize for this year’s EPC Annual Congress 2020 – Industry & Academia: Supercharging the Crucible, in association with the IET, with a host of high-profile and expert speakers headlined by Sir Mark Walport, CEO of UKRI. We are still confirming what promises to be one of the best line-ups of speakers and activities we have ever offered.



Speakers already confirmed:

  • Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UKRI
  • Prof Helen Atkinson CBE FREng, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Cranfield University
  • Dr Charlie Ball, Graduate Prospects
  • Dr Alison Campbell OBE, Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland
  • Dr Joanna Cox, Head of Strategic Engagement & Policy, The IET
  • Mary Curnock-Cook OBE, Chair of Board, Dyson Institute
  • Simon Fanshawe OBE, Diversity by Design
  • Stuart Harper, JCB Engineering Excellence
  • Sir Chris Husbands, Chair of TEF and VC Sheffield Hallam University
  • Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers
  • Dr Joe Marshall, National Centre for Universities and Business
  • Helen Melling, Head of Talent at McLaren Automotive
  • Prof John Perkins CBE, University of Manchester
  • Prof Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, Chief Executive of NMiTE
  • Vanessa Wilson, Chief Executive, University Alliance

How can academia and industry better work together? The opportunities for teaching, student outcomes, research, knowledge exchange, social impact are all there, but how do we grab them? Understand the challenges, discover solutions and develop your own.

Other high-profile and expert speakers will be confirmed soon. There will also be live debates, presentations, a guided tour of the Advanced Manufacturing Park, the Congress dinner at Sheffield’s famous Cutlers’ Hall – including the awards of the President’s Prize and the Incorporation of the Hammermen of Glasgow Student Prize – and evening entertainment by campaigner and Perrier Comedy Award-winner Simon Fanshawe OBE.

The Congress will be held from 6th to 8th April 2020 at Sheffield Hallam University. It is not to be missed by engineering academics in UK higher education, whether you’re a senior professor or have recently joined the profession. We are offering a limited number of free places for early career staff (including accommodation) and big discounts for EPC members and early bird bookings.

The Annual Congress is the EPC’s flagship event of the year for engineering academics at all stages in their careers. This event is for:

  • Engineering academics at all levels from deans to early career staff (for whom there will be free and discounted places)
  • Visiting professors
  • All support staff with any responsibility for external liaison with businesses whether for research, placements, partnerships or recruitment
  • Businesses with an interest in working more closely with universities
  • Professional engineering institutions and other engineering sector organisations.

Booking is open now so reserve your place right away. Book by 29th February for your double discounted EPC member early bird ticket. 

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