Sensor City – Inside a Global Innovation Hub
Daniel Watson, Head of Engineering, Sensor City
Daniel Watson provides an introduction to Sensor City. Topics covered in his seminar will include:

- Sensor City’s in-house laboratory facilities and technical expertise
- Case study examples of sensor and IoT lab projects
- Future plans and technology developments
- Collaborative opportunities

‘Making It Happen’ – A view from UK manufacturing and the challenges and choices that lie ahead
Charlotte Horobin, Membership Director – Midlands & East of England, Make UK
Charlotte Horobin will provide an overview of Make UK’s research into how the sector is faring in these challenging times and will explore some of the key hurdles that need to be capitalised on, turning them into opportunities such as skills, productivity and export.

Innovation for a safer future; the Defence and Security Accelerator
Andrew Peaty, Innovation Partner, The Defence and Security Accelerator
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) finds and funds exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity.

Andrew Peaty will describe how innovators can work with DASA and what they are looking for in applications for funding. He will also present the current competitions being run by DASA and give an overview of the likely future calls.

Enhancing the impact of research through business engagement
Andy Lawrence, Head of Engineering, EPSRC
The vision of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is to make the UK recognised as the place where the most creative researchers can deliver world-leading engineering and physical sciences research by working within the UK academic research ecosystem and the R&D base within business. EPSRC supports novel underpinning research in sensors and instrumentation that advances a number of application areas, including aerospace, healthcare, energy, robotics, manufacturing, and infrastructure. Andy Lawrence will highlight the breadth of the research portfolio and highlight any future opportunities that could help to support both new emerging markets and established industries within EPSRC’s strategy for business engagement.

An introduction to apprenticeship and technician qualifications
Dan Canty, Accreditation & Awards Manager, The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Dan Canty, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (the IET), will be providing an introduction to apprenticeship and technician qualifications. He will give details of where to access information and support about the qualifications. Canty will also be outlining how the IET supports engineering apprentices, providers and employers.

Sensors in the IIoT and the Smart Factory
Joe Lomako, Business Development Manager - IOT Products, TÜV SÜD
Joe Lomako, TÜV SÜD, will provide an overview of how sensor technology has, and continues to, change industry, in particular the connected factory. Lomako’s seminar will cover the benefits, but also the challenges including cybersecurity.

Discover how quantum theory is driving the development of more accurate, faster and portable technologies
Julian Moore, Business Engagement Manager, University of Birmingham’s Centre for Innovation in Advanced Measurement in Manufacturing (CIAMM)
Julian Moore, University of Birmingham’s Centre for Innovation in Advanced Measurement in Manufacturing (CIAMM), will be explaining how quantum theory is driving the development of more accurate, faster and portable technologies.

CIAMM offers pre-funded assistance to help SMEs solve quality-related challenges through advanced inspection and measurement, enabling them to realise their new product aspirations. It delivers support by providing access to specialist expertise, world-class facilities and a wide network of collaborative partners.

Five reasons why your organisation should digitise its supply chain management
Ed Pietruszewski, Solutions Specialist, Alcumus Info Exchange
Supply chain management can be one of the most complex business challenges – dealing with multiple suppliers, contracts and approval processes, all of which are potentially vital to your success. This session will take a look at why organisations are looking to move their supply chain management beyond basic compliance to digitised best practice that offers greater efficiency, improved supplier performance and tangible returns on investment.

Industry 4.0 – What, Why, How?
Scott Pepper, Sector Head - Process Instrumentation & Control, GAMBICA
Scott Pepper, GAMBICA, will be focusing on trying to make sense of the hype around industry 4.0 and what it means for SMEs. Plus Pepper will take a quick look at where to turn to for support in employing industry 4.0 technologies.