Brunel University London: July 7 2015

BUL_LOGO_POS_RGBPlace West London in conjunction with Brunel University London and with support from The Old Vinyl Factory will be taking a look at what the “Advanced Manufacturing” sector can offer in terms of economic growth for the sub-regional economy.

At the event, hosted by the Central Research Laboratory, the Old Vinyl Factory’s business incubator, you will hear about what such companies could deliver for the economy in terms of GDP and jobs, and how they can be encouraged and nurtured through the right physical environment, through tuning the output of schools and colleges, and through mentoring and shared R&D.

The Future of Making

Manufacturing is changing. The advanced manufacturing sector is growing rapidly. Digital design and 3D printing are moving boundaries. The concept of the ‘maker’ is making an impact as the gap between producer and and marketplace narrows.

West London has a grand heritage in ‘making’. Our native ingenuity and capacity for innovation, and our location in the heart of the UK’s biggest market, coupled with the international connectivity conferred on us by Heathrow, give our ‘makers’ a significant competitive advantage. So we could secure significant economic growth.

However, there is competition. All regions of the UK, and indeed the World, want these ‘makers’. How can we make sure we stay strong, and remain the best place for them to start up, grow, and thrive?

3.30pm Registration

4pm Chair’s WelcomeAndrew Ward, Brunel University London

4.05pm Manufacturing and HillingdonCllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member, Hillingdon Council

4:10 Overview of the Maker Movement
“The vision thing” for new manufacturing and the maker movement; the results of a recent EPSRC project, Future Makespaces in Redistributed Manufacturing

Prof Daniel Charny, From Now On, James Tooze, Royal College of Art

4.35 Enabling Makers: what do they need?

What do makers need? What facilities, skills, support and environment will help them grow to achieve the best results?

Ursula Davies, Managing Director of MakerVersity; Richard Clifford, MAKLAB 

5.05 The Central Research Laboratory and Making the Future
Why are Cathedral developing The Central Research Laboratory? Why Hayes? What does the Central Research Laboratory provide and how is it different? How do we ensure that inventors will become successful innovators? Where are we in the development of the facility?

James Nettleton, Programme Director CRL; Ashley Sayed, Director of Operations, CRL

5:35 The CRL as part of a sub-regional innovation ecosystem
The CRL is part of an ecosystem which also includes other services Brunel University London can offer. For example, the University’s successful Co-Innovate initiative brings together SMEs, academics and students in design-led collaborations that impact directly on the company’s business.

Stephen Green, Director of Co-Innovate

6:10 Current Makers – Panel
Brunel graduate makers tell their stories

Courtney Wood – Bubblegum, Solveiga Pakstaite – The Bump Mark

6:40 Supporting Innovation

What can we do to help start up businesses innovate and grow? It’s a risky business – what support can be offered? How can the Government help the Maker Movement and New Manufacturing?

7:00 Future Makers – Just starting out

Brunel’s next generation of makers

Alex Millington, Made in Brunel; Oscar Daws, Made in Brunel; Cara O’Sullivan, Product Designer; Jo Barnard, Morrama; Rob Bye, Morrama

7:30 Drinks and refreshments


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