Eco-Design: Materials for a Sustainable Society

Tuesday 13 May 2008

Dr Mark Jolly
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Birmingham

I am delighted to invite you to Materials 2008 Congress and specifically to attend this important and timely symposium on Eco Design: Materials for a Sustainable Society.

Sustainability and the environment along with global warming and climate change are topics which pervade both working and leisure time in current society. No politician can afford to be without an opinion. But what of engineers and scientists involved in materials’ design and manufacture? What are their opinions? This symposium will bring together a range of experts working in the field of sustainability who will present on a range of topics influenced by sustainability. The symposium links together inputs from the MatUK KTN working group on Sustainability and the IOM3 Sustainable Development Group.

Presentations in this symposium will cover eco-innovation, design for sustainability, government policy on sustainability, industrial ecology, the impact of REACH and life cycle analysis tools.

This session will be important for all engineers and their managers responsible for product design and process development who want to reduce their impact on the environment and to contribute to a sustainable world. The objective is to explore the interactions between sociological and political issues with materials science and engineering and the participation of national and European policy makers and regulators will be welcomed.

Speakers at the conference will include: Prof Martin Charter (Centre for Sustainable Design), Prof Robert Ayers (INSEAD), Dr Louis Brimacombe (Corus) and Nick Morley (Oakdean Hollins).

I urge you to attend the symposium sessions and to become involved in the national debate on Sustainability by contributing to the discussions.

Mark Jolly, Symposium Chairman

Draft programme

For further details please contact:

Dr Mark Jolly
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT

T: +44(0)121 414 7355

Co-sponsored by:
The Society of Environmental Engineers
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Resource Efficiency KTN