Thursday, August 25, 2011

News: Rotherham to host major aerospace conference


The newly-formed Aerospace, Aviation & Defence Knowledge Transfer Network (AAD KTN) will host a two day conference at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham on September 20 - 21.

Funded by the Technology Strategy Board, the AAD KTN is a network spanning government, industry and academia with the aim of promoting and enabling innovation and stimulating economic growth in the UK's aerospace, aviation and defence sectors.

The theme of the conference is technology; what enables its birth and inception; what steers the development of new technology to ensure its relevance; how will it provide societal and economic benefit by entering the market; and how this will provide opportunity to businesses at both ends of the scale.

The conference will also see the launch of the 2011 refresh of the National Aerospace Technology Strategy and include discussion on the potential opportunities for the UK.

The keynote address will be from David Willetts MP, Minister for Science and Universities, and the event will be chaired by Sir John O' Reilly, Vice Chancellor of Cranfield University.

Other speakers include representatives from Airbus UK, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce plc and delegates will have the chance to tour the nearby The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.

Councillor Gerald Smith, Rotherham Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Town Centres, Economic Growth and Prosperity said: "Rotherham has a long and proud history of making products and special steels that have been used in the world's advanced manufacturing industries. This history continues to be enhanced with the activities taking place on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) and within our key companies such as Tata Steel, MTL Group, Newburgh Engineering and AESSEAL.

"It is therefore wholly appropriate that Rotherham has been chosen as the place to launch the UK's latest aerospace technology strategy and we look forward to welcoming the delegates to the country's advanced manufacturing heartland."

Aerospace, Aviation & Defence KTN website



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