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Event: 20 January 2016

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016
The Future of Materials: The Imperial College London IdeasLab

Four Imperial academic foresighters joined global government, industry and NGO leaders at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum 2016 in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss the critical role for materials science in the predicted ‘fourth industrial revolution', where the power of connected systems, prototyping and automation will enable rapid developments in products and services.

Listen to BBC presenter Gareth Mitchell's podcast from Davos with Profs Neil Alford and Natalie Stingelin.

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The Future of Materials: The Imperial College London IdeasLab

This interactive discussion session explored how advances in materials science are creating new applications for energy-efficient industry and telecommunications. Each Imperial speaker gave a five-minute pecha-kucha talk to stimulate ideas and debate.

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Prof Neil Alford

Engineering crystals for better telecommunications

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Prof Mary Ryan

Holistic heat management

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Prof Natalie Stingelin

Plastics that can manipulate light

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Prof Robin Grimes

Computer simulation of tomorrow's materials

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Credits

The Future of Materials: The Imperial College London IdeasLab

Presentation Development: Kit Huckvale, Richard Watson

Speaker Training: Sarah-Lloyd Hughes

Graphic Design: Kit Huckvale