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Industry Study Group 2022

HetSys is pleased to launch its fourth Industry Study Group, in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

Study Groups with industry have been running for over fifty years and, having started with pioneering work in the UK in the 1960s, these groups now take place all over the world. They have been hugely successful in solving problems and providing insight for a variety of organisations. Building on the successful sessions of 2017, 2019, our virtual meeting in 2020, and our most recent in-person event in April 2022, HetSys and KTN are delighted to host this event for a multidisciplinary research audience of HetSys PhD students and their supervisors, academics and associated colleagues.

Representatives from Industry will present their challenges to our students, who will then break into groups to work collaboratively over the next three days to code, model, and sketch solutions to the problems. The groups will meet again at the end of the three days to share their ideas and propose solutions.

The event will be held in person, in Radcliffe House on the Warwick campus. An outline schedule is below.
It is free to register, but places are limited. Please sign up here!

Challenge 1: National Grid ESO

At the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO), we make sure that Great Britain has the essential energy it needs by ensuring supply meets demand every second of every day. The way we use energy is changing. We need to meet our net zero obligations to reduce green-house gas emissions but also to ensure that we operate an energy system that is reliable, affordable and fair to all. Our Future Energy Scenarios set out a range of different, credible ways to decarbonise our energy system as we strive towards this 2050 target.

Read more about Challenge 1

Challenge 2: Adjacency


Adjacency are developing novel, fully sustainable, engineering grade composite materials for vehicle light-weighting. As part of a collaborative R&D programme with WMG, funded by Innovate UK, Adjacency is developing the materials and process technology required to take low-cost next-generation thermoplastic composites to market.

Read more about Challenge 2

How to Get Involved

For researchers: Please complete the registration form. Participation is free, but places are limited.

For companies: If you are a UK business and wish to propose a challenge, please contact with a short description of your proposed problem.

Study Group Programme

The study group will run from the morning of Monday 12th December to the afternoon of Wednesday 14th December. An outline programme is below:

Monday 12th December

10.00am Registration
10.30-12.00 Welcome, and Challenge Presentations
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
13.00-15.00 Group Work
15.00-15.30 Coffee Break
15.30 - 17.00 Group Work
17.00-17.30 All attendee catch up

Tuesday 13th December

9.00-10.30 Group Work
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-12.00 Group Work
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-15.00 Group Work
15.00-15.30 Coffee Break
15.30 - 17.00 Group Work
17.00 - 17.30 All attendee catch up

Wednesday 14th December

9.00 - 10.30 Group Work
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 12.00 Group Work
12.00 -13.00 Lunch
13.00 - 15.00 Final presentations
18:00 Dinner