UKCPN Seminar at MRE 2020

Posted on Posted on 26 Nov 2019

UKCPN will be hosting a seminar at Materials Research Exchange 2020.

UK Circular Plastics Network will be running a seminar on Day 2 of MRE 2020 (20th February) titled ‘Packaging of the Future: Implications of recycled/novel materials and food contact’.


Innovations in the food packaging sector are at the forefront of the government-funded £60m Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging ChallengeUKCPN has recognised the need for innovators, entrepreneurs and materials experts who may be looking at new and novel materials, and those with recycled content, to understand the implications of their innovations with respect to standards, food contact safety and consumer considerations; may they be dietary, allergenicity of religious factors. You can attend this valuable session where three senior speakers will inform you of the current situation and considerations to be taken in this space.



  • Tim Chandler, Senior Scientific Officer, Food Standards Agency
  • Dr. Emma Bradley, Head of Programme – Food Quality & Safety, Fera Science Ltd.
  • Sara Walton, Sector Lead – Food, BSI


About MRE 2020:

MRE 2020 is an exhibition, investor showcase and conference, which will demonstrate ground-breaking new materials developments and their manufacturing processes. Network with over 1500 delegates, meet key funding and decision makers and attend targeted seminars and keynote addresses.


Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will formally open MRE 2020 and will provide the Welcome address. The other confirmed keynote speakers include Dr. Ian Campbell (Interim Executive Chair at Innovate UK), Dr. Alicia Greated (CEO, KTN), Prof. Philip Withers (Regius Professor For Materials, University of Manchester), and Simon Edmonds (Deputy Executive Chair/Chief Business Officer, Innovate UK). 


What’s on offer for delegates and exhibitors?

  • Hear engaging talks from researchers, innovators, investors and industry, presenting case studies on successful commercialisation of materials working in collaboration with academic researchers.
  • Participate in masterclass sessions on IP, R&D Tax Credit
  • Pitchfest: receive training on how to be pitch-ready to successfully present your case to investors.
  • Hear and debate the scope of current developments in advanced materials across key supply chains and through different sectors, including the impact of emerging digital technologies such as Block Chains.
  • Hear from policy makers with discussions and updates on relevant Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) support for businesses and academia.
  • Seminars on metamaterials and 2D materials.


Tickets are now on sale and available here.


Please visit the Materials Research Exchange website for further information.

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