Add to Calendar Europe/London DD/MM/YYYY 4/3/2019 17:304/3/2019 20:00Emerging technologies: the future of engineeringInformatics Forum, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

2018 was the 150th anniversary of the University of Edinburgh’s Regius Chair of Engineering. To further mark this significant anniversary, the university is hosting a programme of events and activities that celebrate its achievements, innovations and alumni, as well as looking to future exciting developments taking place in the university’s School of Engineering.

This event, held in partnership between the Royal Academy of Engineering and the School of Engineering, will see the specialist panel of speakers explore Emerging Technologies: the future of engineering.





Welcome and introduction

Professor Gordon Masterton OBE FREng FRSE


In conversation with:

  • Professor Jason Reese FREng FRSE
  • Professor Susan Rosser
  • Professor Brian Gerardot
  • Professor Colin McInnes MBE FREng FRSE

Hosted by: Professor Mark Miodownik MBE FREng

6.45pm Q&A session
7.15pm Networking reception
8.00pm Close

The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Chairs in Emerging Technologies programme supports global leaders in their fields, helping to transform their pioneering ideas into fully commercialised technologies with important and widespread applications. The chairs are developing technologies that have the potential to bring significant economic and societal benefits to the UK, ensuring that the UK is a driving force for global technological innovation.


The event is free to attend but registration is required.

If you have any questions, please contact Lucy Webb, Events Coordinator.


Professor Mark Miodownik MBE FREng

Professor Miodownik has championed materials research that links the arts and humanities to medicine, engineering and materials science. This culminated in the establishment of the University College London Institute of Making where he is Director and runs the research programme. His current research interests are animate materials, innovative manufacturing and sensoaesthetic materials.

Professor Jason Reese FREng FRSE, Regius Professor of Engineering, University of Edinburgh and Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies: PYRAMID: a platform for multiscale design, from molecules to machines.

Professor Reese's work focuses on multi-scale fluids engineering systems: nano- and microfluidics, interfacial and other non-continuum flows, high-speed (rarefied) aerodynamics, and rapid granular/gas flows. Through his Chair in Emerging Technolgies, Professor Reese is developing PYRAMID - a platform technology in multi-scale simulation-driven design for industrial innovation and scientific endeavour. PYRAMID will address the shortcomings of current computational engineering and design in the development cycles of horizon technologies whose performance depends on complex interactions between the smallest constituents, right down to molecules. 

Professor Susan Rosser, Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies: Engineered cells for combined diagnostics and therapeutics.

Professor Rosser is Director of the Edinburgh Mammalian Synthetic Biology Research Centre, Co-director of the Edinburgh Genome Foundry for synthetic DNA synthesis and assembly. Her research aims to create genetically engineered cells that simultaneously combine the diagnosis of a disease with a targeted treatment that prevents disease progression or provides a cure. 

Professor Brian Gerardot, Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies: Integrated two-dimensional classical and quantum photonics.

Professor Geradot leads the Quantum Photonics Laboratory at Heriot-Watt University. His research investigates the quantum properties of atomically thin crystals and how they could be used to create hybrid photonic chips. His work has the potential to revolutionise the way light is generated and how information is processed and transmitted.

Professor Colin McInnes MBE FREng FRSE, Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies: Space 

Professor McInnes research is challenging the boundaries of current thinking to deliver innovative new space technologies, from clouds of intelligent sensors to ultra-large gossamer structures fabricated in-orbit, that are needed to support the satellite applications of the future. Applications for his research include enhanced space weather services for the digital economy, new terrestrial energy services and the long-term utilisation of space resources.