Programme 2022/2023

We are delighted to announce a return to physical meetings. Details of new talks will be shown below as they become available. Talks may also be screened online using zoom. Information on zoom access will be emailed to subscribers. Please email us for further information

Christmas Quiz 2023

BMetA Christmas Quiz- Wednesday 6th December

In conjunction with the student societies in the School of Metallurgy and Materials you are invited to attend this year’s social event. 

Metallurgy and Materials Building, University of Birmingham,
Pritchards Rd., Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

Thursday Evening 1st December 6:00 PM room GC13 – Department of Metallurgy & Materials.

BMetA Lecture:- Why the Green Road Begins in the Brown Earth
By Dr. Gareth Hatch.
Managing Director Strategic Materials Advisory Limited
Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Critical Minerals and Materials The University of Birmingham

There is little doubt that the increased electrification of transportation and energy systems will be a pivotal part of our society’s response to the challenges of climate change and the need to reduce pollution. The deployment of the electrical machines and energy-storage platforms required for this great transition, will depend entirely on access to a number of critical metals, and the robustness of their supply chains. Secondary production, through the re-use and recycling of components containing such metals, is an important part of the story, but the primary production of critical metals will continue to dominate for years to come. This talk focuses on the challenges faced by the primary critical-metals supply chain (using the example of rare-earth elements for the production of permanent magnets), and the part that it is has to play in meeting the technical and societal challenges of our age.


Gareth is Managing Director of UK-based Strategic Materials Advisory and was co-founder of USA-based Technology Metals Research, consulting and advisory firms operating in the critical-raw-materials sector. He was co-founder and CEO of Canada-based Innovation Metals Corp. (IMC) and co-inventor of IMC’s proprietary RapidSXTM separation and purification process, for critical, green-energy metals such as rare-earth elements (REEs), Li, Ni and Co. Gareth was previously Interim CEO and Director of USA-based Alabama Graphite, and Director of Technology at USA-based Dexter Magnetic Technologies, where he started his career focused on REE permanent-magnet design and engineering. He is co-inventor of five US patents.
Gareth is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Critical Minerals and Materials, at the University of Birmingham. He is a Strategic Advisor to the Rare Earth Industry Association (REIA), co-chair of the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) strategy team on REEs and is a member of the UK ISO TC/298 Mirror Committee, working to develop international standards for the REE industry.
Gareth is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and is a Chartered Engineer. He holds a B.Eng. (Honours) degree in materials science & technology and a Ph.D. in metallurgy & materials, both from the University of Birmingham, with research focused on REE permanent-magnet alloys.
In 2019, Gareth was a recipient of the NATO STO Applied Vehicle Technology Panel Team Excellence Award, and in 2020 was the recipient of the IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Service Award.

Thursday 19th January 6:00 PM Presidential Address at 6:30 pm – room GC13 – Department of Metallurgy & Materials. Catering supplied in the usual manner.

Thoughts on the evolution of metals manufacturing for advanced applications.

Dr Matt Thomas CEng FIMMM, 

Chief Engineer, The Manufacturing Technology Centre.

Matt was recruited as Chief Engineer at The MTC in October 2019 having previously been UK R&D manager at one of the world’s largest Titanium manufacturers, TIMET. With 20 years post-graduate experience in the Metals Industry his main activities at The MTC include technology strategy development, academic engagement and technical governance. In this lecture Matt will share his thoughts and some detail of a number of metals manufacturing processes, predominantly those relevant to Titanium and its alloys, and discuss their evolution and implementation. By review of the relevant processes, their thermo-mechanical characteristics and the parameters affecting chemistry, microstructure and ultimately mechanical properties, the lecture will attempt to compare and contrast established and developing processes and give some direction when selecting appropriate manufacturing processes for advanced applications.

Thursday 30th March 2023 6:00pm “Re-imagining supply chains to demonstrate circular economy manufacturing” by Iain Berment-Parr. Presidential Address (talk starts at 6:30pm) in room GC13 – Department of Metallurgy & Materials University of Birmingham.

Catering supplied in the usual manner.

Dr Matt Thomas CEng FIMMM. Chief Engineer – The Manufacturing Technology Centre.

Within this presentation Iain will discuss the position of the HVM Catapult in enabling the shift to circular economy manufacturing. He will focus on some innovative work to ensure circular manufacturing methods are embedded into the rapidly growing hydrogen energy sector, and talk through the key resource efficiency challenges outlined in Innovate UK’s recent “Materials and Manufacturing Vision 2050” report.

Iain Berment-Parr completed an Meng in Materials Science at Oxford University and spent 10 years working in aero-engine materials R&D at Rolls-Royce plc and PCC Timet UK. Iain joined the MTC in 2020 and now manages product development in the Materials Technology group.   

The MTC was founded in 2010 with support from Birmingham, Nottingham, and Loughborough University, as well as TWI. It forms one of the seven research centres within the Innovate UK funded

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