The UK Initiative in Graphene Research and Commercialisation (Graphene LIVE! Europe 2013)

Dr Andy Lawrence, Senior Portfolio Manager
United Kingdom
Apr 17, 2013.


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Presentation Summary

• In October 2011 the UK government pledged a £50M investment to establish the UK as a graphene research and technology hub with the aim to capture the commercial benefits of graphene.
• The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) subsequently devised a UK strategy to support a National Graphene Research Institute and to provide significant investment in graphene engineering research focused on graphene applications and manufacturing.
• The talk will highlight recent investments, including a £21.5M investment in 'graphene engineering' and will highlight the significant support gained from industry that will help to stimulate the future sustainability of UK graphene research and the future commercialisation opportunities across a variety of sectors.

Speaker Biography (Andy Lawrence)

Dr Andy Lawrence is a senior portfolio manager at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). As a part of EPSRC's priority theme 'Manufacturing the Future', Andy is responsible for 'Frontier Manufacturing', which aims to identify and progress long-term and emerging research fields with the potential for transformational impact on future manufacturing, which includes graphene engineering. Prior to working at EPSRC, Andy was a researcher in the field of meteorology, having held research positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, USA) and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (Reading, UK) following a PhD from the University of Cambridge (collaborating with the British Antarctic Survey). Andy joined EPSRC in Dec 2007 as a research portfolio manager in the Information, Communications and Technology programme.

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