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Interdisciplinary Research Centre
Tuesday, 13 September, 2022 - 10:00 to Wednesday, 14 September, 2022 - 16:00
Event location: 
Henry Royce Institute Royce Hub Building Oxford Road Manchester M13 9PL

This event provides an opportunity for PhD and EngD students in the UK materials science and engineering company to come together and share ideas, network, and learn more about the move from doctoral study into a future career.

The focus of the summit will explore the materials research required to enable the transition away from fossil fuels to a net-zero energy world, including wind turbines, advanced photovoltaics, electrochemical storage, nuclear power, and the requirements for green hydrogen generation, storage and use.

This year, we are delighted to host the summit at the recently opened Royce Hub Building at The University of Manchester. Where possible, we will stream and record talks, and offer virtual attendance to the workshops.

The programme will include invited speakers from academia and industry, but we want the focus to be on student talks that present their ongoing research in the field. We therefore welcome applications of interest from students wanting to delivering a short 15-minute presentation during the event. Royce will provide accommodation and reimburse travel for any accepted student presentations. All participants are also invited to submit a virtual poster ahead of the summit to be displayed on the Royce website.

A full event programme will be available closer to the summit date.

Further to the talks, networking opportunities will allow participants to meet peers from across the materials science community during breaks and lunch. A series of workshops will encourage discussion of the summit theme in more detail and offer advice on career development in academia, industry or beyond.

When registering to attend please select the General Admission ticket and then indicate how you wish to attend. If you need to change your attendance, please email us using

Due to limited capacity at the venue we may limit the number of in-person participants based on institution and instead offer virtual attendance.