Date: 19th – 23rd May 2024 | Format: in person only
Registration: The expression of interest will be opening shortly and will run until the 8th of March: Expressions of interest link.
Venue: Wotton House, 4* Country Estate Hotel, Guildford Rd, Wotton, Dorking RH5 6HS
Wotton House is a country estate in Surrey. Please check your travel time to the venue before deciding on your arrival/departure times.
It can be accessed by the M25, the M3 South, the A24 East, and the A3 from London. Parking is extensive and free for guests of the hotel, conference venue and leisure club.
The closest train station, Dorking Station, is just 4 miles or a 15 minute drive from the hotel. Direct links and connections from London Waterloo, London Victoria, Reading, and Gatwick Airport are available.
Aim of the event:
The UK Metamaterials Network Conference 2024 will focus on the launch of the NetworkPlus and the vision for the next four years. This is an opportunity for early engagement with the NetworkPlus and the UK metamaterials community. The Network will be embarking on its new course building on its success to date and aiming to create new collaborations, encourage new researchers, and dynamically engage with an agenda for the future of metamaterials in the UK.
The conference provides a space for the community to come together to widen knowledge horizons beyond subject-specifics to lay the foundation for future collaborations between and across UK academia and industry (e.g., addressing grand challenges, joint projects, research grants, consultancy work etc.).
Target audience: Academics (incl. Early Career Researchers at/beyond post-doc level), postdocs outside the ECR scope, representatives from industry and non-Higher Education research organisations. Family members are welcome to attend, in particular if caring responsibilities need to be supported to enable your attendance.
Please note, this event is focused on discussion groups and networking alongside evening showcases of academic work and industrial applications, rather than a traditional sequence of scientific presentations. To make the most of the networking opportunities and knowledge exchange, we would like to encourage all participants to arrive Sunday evening and stay until the gala dinner on Wednesday evening, with departure by Thursday lunchtime.
The programme content below is preliminary and will be defined based on speaker availability. It will consist of the following sessions:
Led by: the Executive Board
Led by: Andrea di Falco (University of St Andrews), Anton Souslov (University of Cambridge)
Led by: SIG Leads
Sustainability Challenge Area (AM)
Led by: Katie Shanks (University of Exeter)
Health Challenge Area (PM)
Led by: Tom Allen (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Manufacturing and Scale-Up Challenge Area (AM)
Led by: Claire Dancer (University of Warwick)
Space and Aviation Challenge Area (PM)
Led by: Simon Pope (University of Sheffield)
SIG and Challenge Area Meetings
If you have any questions please contact the UK Metamaterials Network admin team at email@example.com