MICG poster competition celebrates advanced ceramics research 

The latest research in Advanced Ceramics has been showcased in a series of posters created as part of an industry competition organised by the Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group.

Education and skills are at the heart of the “Midlands Advanced Ceramics for Industry 4.0” Programme, partly funded by UKRI as part of the Strength in Place Programme.

The poster competition presented an opportunity for researchers and academics to network and interact with industry to celebrate research from across the sector at the Advanced Ceramics Show in Birmingham.

Attracting 21 entries across five categories – process innovation, delivering Net-Zero, additive manufacturing and ceramics for extreme environments, as well as sensors, AI and modelling for the sector, the posters were on display at the MICG pavilion, where members of the Group came together collectively to exhibit for the first time.

Each entry was marked for technical content, visual and verbal presentation skills and industrial application awareness by two judges from industries from the MICG and their international advisory group.

Dr Gilda Gasparini, of MICG, said: “The poster competition provided a great opportunity for researchers to have their work visually presented at a showcase event, while creating an environment for members to network.

“It’s being a very rewarding 12 months for the Group and the show provided a great opportunity to showcase the progress made.”

The winners of the MICG poster contest were:

  • Process Innovation – Joe Nix – The Manufacturing Technology Centre
  • Delivering Net-Zero – Claire Dancer – WMG
  • Ceramics for Extreme Environments – Daniel Scotson – Henry Royce Institute, University of Manchester
  • Sensors, Artificial Intelligence and Modelling – Ahmed Khalil – University of Exeter
  • Additive Manufacturing – Elliot Douse – Lucideon

MICG is made up of blue-chip companies including Rolls-Royce, Morgan Advanced Materials and Foseco, as well as SMEs including Lucideon, Precision Ceramics and PCL – together with the universities of Birmingham, Leicester and Loughborough.

It secured £18.27 million government funding, provided through UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund (SIPF), in October last year.