UKMMN Summer School 2023: Acoustic and Mechanical Metamaterials

31 July - 4 August 2023

Manchester – with lectures in the Henry Royce Institute, lab activities in Manchester Metropolitan University.

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About the Summer School

Date: Monday 31st July (morning – Sunday 30th arrival encouraged) until Friday 4th August (afternoon).

Format: In person only, attendees are encouraged to participate throughout.

Venue: Manchester – with lectures in the Henry Royce Institute, lab activities in Manchester Metropolitan University.

Travel: Attendees are expected to arrange their own travel to the venue. The campus and accommodation are in the centre of Manchester, within walking distance of Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly stations.

Accommodation: Accommodation can be provided from Sunday 30th July until Friday 4th August in Manchester Metropolitan University student halls.

Fees: We ask for a non-refundable commitment fee of £250 for UK delegates. The fee is to be paid by the successful applicants within a week of receiving notice of their place at the Summer School. A link to the payment page will be provided in the invitation to register. The fee covers accommodation and board from Sunday to Friday and is supplemented by the UK Metamaterials Network and the UK Acoustics Network. The fee for international attendees is yet to be finalised.

Hardship Fund: For UK based students lacking funding to attend our event, additional support can be sought through a hardship fund. Please submit your support request as part of the Expression of Interest form linked below.



We are still finalising the full programme but please find below a summary of the planned programme.

The one-week summer school, aimed at PhD students, Postdocs & Early Career Academics, will be hosted between the Henry Royce Institute and Manchester Metropolitan University. There will be five focussed days: i) Numerical Modelling (e.g., finite element), ii) Analytical Modelling, iii) Manufacturing, iv) Experimental Methods, and v) Career Progression/Funding. These will include invited summary lectures and specific state of the art talks from internationally recognised academic and industry experts. As exciting topics with local expertise, we will run metamaterials sports engineering linked projects as part of this event. Delegates will be encouraged to publish their findings in the Sports Engineering journal’s topical collection on metamaterials.

  • Homogenisation and optimisation of mechanical metamaterials for impacts (Olly Duncan).
  • Adaptive mechanical metamaterials for sports applications (Tom Allen).
  • Replicating cranial bone properties (Keith Winwood).
  • An acoustic meta-surface approach to golf club face design (Gregory Chaplain).

Speakers: – Provisional list includes Marcelo DiasBryn DaviesAndrew AldersonLukasz Kaczmarczyk and representatives from the Henry Royce Institute and PrintCity

Posted on 20th February 2023 in Early Career, Events