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Key events

11th September 2018


Early registration will be possible at the conference venue on the workshop day. The room number within the building will be announced closer to the date. Please ask for directions at reception.

1:30pm – 5pm – Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde.


Workshop 1 – Creativity in design education for an always evolving education landscape

Higher Education Institutions continue to teach design in a more procedural way: by formalising the design process; ensuring all criteria are taught from an accreditation viewpoint; and emulating the industry norm of segmenting skills to certain problems. However, there are many problems and processes which require creativity and creative problem-solving skills that are not top of the agenda for many institutions. This workshop will explore how creativity is brought into the design curriculum and where it is best placed.

See full information here.

Workshop 2 – Sketching data and conclusions’

The workshop’s scope will be to structure and visualize design research outcome; specific data or statistics, infographics, user scenario’s, a future vision, specific results and conclusions, etc.

See full information here.

2pm – 5pm- Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde.

Tour of DMEM and University of Strathclyde

5pm – 6pm Tours of the Department and our facilities will be available after the workshops, or you may take this time to prepare for the reception.


The City Chambers was designed by Glasgow trained architect William Young and was opened by Queen Victoria in August 1888. The building has four floors and provides space for working offices and the hosting of civic functions.

Since its opening, the City Chambers has been at the very heart of civic government in the city. Today it is the headquarters of Glasgow City Council. Notable visitors include The Queen and other members of the Royal Family, many Prime Ministers and other dignitaries.

We invite you to join us at this special ceremony to mark the beginning of the conference.

7:30pm – Glasgow City Chambers.

12th September 2018


8:00am -9am Day 1 Registration.


9am – 10am – Welcome and Keynote 1

Iain Bomphray

Professor Iain Bomphray is Director of the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC), a pilot programme for the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), and Group Technology Specialist – Lightweight Structures, for Williams Advanced Engineering. Iain is the inaugural holder of the Williams Chair in Advanced Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.

In a career spanning 28 years, he has experience of delivering lightweight structural solutions in Formula One motorsport, Automotive, Aerospace, Marine, Rail, Civils and Defence.

During his career Iain has developed specialisms in composite materials and manufacturing methods, aligned with specific design, analysis and design for manufacture methodologies. The successful delivery of lightweight structures, however, requires a material and manufacturing process agnostic perspective and should encompass metallics, non-metallics and hybrid materials.

The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre is revolutionising the way Scottish industry interacts with high-value manufacturers across the world. It provides services to the aerospace, automotive, renewable energy, oil & gas, and marine markets.

Williams Advanced Engineering is the Consulting and Engineering Services arm of the Williams Group, which includes the historic F1 Team.  Williams Advanced Engineering are at the forefront of technological developments fundamental to low carbon transportation and are specialist in delivering cutting edge solutions in battery and energy storage, electrical drive systems and lightweight structures.

Iain is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.


10:30am – 6pm – Plenary Sessions

Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde.

Conference Dinner

We invite you to join us for a traditional night of good food, company and ceilidh dancing. We will have native scots on hand to teach you our traditions. And if dancing is not your thing there will be great music and entertainment to enjoy.

7pm drinks reception for 7:30pm Dinner – The Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs, Glasgow.

13th September 2018


9am – 10am – Welcome and Keynote 2

Pete Lomas

Pete Lomas – Keynote speaker

Pete Lomas holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Manchester. His passion for teaching and sharing ideas led him to take up a lecturing post at Manchester. During this time, he became heavily involved in the ‘hobby computer’ movement and set up a local computer club that engaged the local community in this new and exciting field.
In 1986 the lure of industry became too great and he set up an electronics design consultancy. In 1997 he sold the company and established Norcott Technologies, a leading UK provider of electronic design and manufacturing services serving a wide range of customers ranging from innovators and early stage businesses through to blue chip multinational companies and academic research institutions.

Within Norcott he serves as Director of Engineering and is heavily involved at the engineering “coal face”. He has led on designs as diverse as engine management units, high performance cryptographic engines, x-ray scanning systems and “internet edge” devices.

In 2008 his passion for education resurfaced . With a group of like- minded individuals based in Cambridge they established the Raspberry Pi Foundation. As a UK registered charity, it has a keen focus on putting creativity, experimentation and fun into the teaching of digital making, primarily through the use of the low-cost Raspberry Pi Linux computer.
Pete was responsible for the design and manufacturing support for the first three million devices including the transfer of operations back to the UK at Sony Pencoed. Over a period of seven years the Raspberry Pi computer has gone from being a small-scale educational project to a worldwide phenomenon with sales of over 20 million units and becoming the third best-selling computing platform behind the Apple Mac and the ubiquitous ‘86 based PC.

Within Raspberry Pi, Pete has now taken up a role as a foundation trustee focusing on helping to bring computer science and engineering centre stage in young people’s search for a fulfilling career through mainstream and ad hoc educational opportunities.

In 2017 Pete was a co-recipient the prestigious MacRobert Award and became a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2018.
Today in addition to his other roles he is president of the Institution of Engineering Designers promoting excellence in design across the spectrum of engineering disciplines.


10am – 3:30 – Plenary Sessions

Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde.

Closing ceremony, awards and reception

3:30pm – 5pm – Closing ceremony and reception

Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde.