Building Effective Academic-Industrial Partnerships in Acoustics

8 April - 9 April 2019

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

170 Queen's Gate (Drawing and Solar Rooms)
Imperial College

More info

The Early Careers Special Interest Group (SIG-ECG) is running an event for UKAN’s early career researchers on building effective academic-industrial partnerships in Acoustics, which incorporates the second meeting of the Vibro-acoustics Special Interest Group (SIG-VA). It will be held on the 8th and 9th April, 2019, at Imperial College London. Industry partners will include DSTL, AudioAnalytic, AECOM, Precision Acoustics, Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR), Hoare Lea, Dyson, Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), and the John Cotton Group. Brüel & Kjær will also be present.

The event is aimed at early career UKAN members in any area of Acoustics who want to work in conjunction with industry and civil service partners in the short and long-term.  It will provide a forum where attendees can share their research and career ambitions and build working relationships with industry early in their careers. The focus is on providing early career researchers with the opportunity to form relationships with industry partners who could benefit from their research work in the future.

Both attendees and industry partners will give presentations. Each industry partner will present for 15-20 minutes on who they are, how academic research has added value to their organisation, and what they identify as the future opportunities of acoustics research.  Each attendee will do a 3 minute presentation providing a broad overview of what they do, their career ambitions (e.g., what challenges they would like to tackle), and why they think their research or research interests are of value to industry. Note that this is not intended to be a presentation of research results. There will also be a panel discussion, during which attendees can ask questions of the industry partners, and time for one-on-one networking.


Keynote address and satellite SIG-VA meeting

The keynote address will be given by Professor Barry Gibbs, President of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and coordinator of SIG-VA. Professor Richard Craster, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Imperial College, will open the event. The second meeting of SIG-VA will be held as a satellite event from 3:30pm onwards on Tuesday 9th April. For more information, click here.

Registration and cost

To register, click here. Registration closes on Wednesday 20th March. Limited places are available, and registration is on a first come basis. There is a nominal charge of £100 for the two day event, including lunch and refreshments. For those who are not EPSRC-funded PhD students, reimbursement of registration and reasonable travel and accommodation expenses may be applied for via the travel grant form in the resources section of the UKAN website.

Preliminary schedule

Monday 8th April

  • 8:30 Registration
  • 9:00 Welcome, Prof. Richard Craster
  • 9:10 – 9:45 Plenary talk, David Nunn, DSTL
  • 9:45 – 12:45 Presentations from industry partners and attendees
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Presentations from industry partners and attendees
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Networking session
  • 17:00 – 18:00 Panel session with industry panelists

Tuesday 9th April

  • 9:15 – 10:00 Keynote speech, Prof. Barry M. Gibbs
  • 10:45 – 12:00 Invited speakers, Stephen Woodhouse and Jonathan Abra, Innovate UK
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Tour of the Non-Destructive Evaluation laboratories, Imperial College London
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Discussion
  • 15:30 – 17:30 Second meeting of the Vibro-Acoustics Special Interest Group (led by Prof. Barry M. Gibbs)


Information about accommodation close to 170 Queen’s Gate is available here.

Contact us

For more information or to get involved, please contact Simone Graetzer and Sam Jackson at earlycareersgroup@acoustics.ac.uk.

Posted on 21st November 2018 in Early Career, Vibro-acoustics, Events