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Rotherham to host major aerospace and aviation conference

posted 24 Aug 2011, 02:38 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 24 Aug 2011, 05:37 ]
Rotherham is to play host to a major aerospace and aviation conference this autumn.

The newly-formed Aerospace, Aviation & Defence Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) will host a two day conference at the Magna Science Park in Rotherham on 20-21 September 2011, which will focus on the theme of Technology; what drives the development of new technology; how technology can provide social and economic benefits; and how this can provide opportunity for businesses.

The event will include a keynote address from David Willetts MP, Minister for Science and Universities, and will be chaired by Sir John O' Reilly, Vice Chancellor of Cranfield University. Delegates will be able to meet Government representatives from the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Technology Strategy Board. 

The conference will also see the launch of the 2011 refresh of the National Aerospace Technology Strategy, and include discussion on the potential opportunities for the UK through the technology themes being developed within the major sector areas covered by the strategy. Some of the larger funded aerospace technology programmes will also be present to demonstrate their success, show the advantages these programmes are providing for the businesses involved and illustrate the likely outcomes of the programmes.

Councillor Gerald Smith, Rotherham Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Town Centres, Economic Growth and Prosperity welcomed the news that Rotherham was to host the conference;

“Rotherham has a long and proud history of making products and special steels that have been used in the world’s advanced manufacturing industries. This history continues to be enhanced with the activities taking place on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) and within our key companies such as Tata Steel, MTL Group, Newburgh Engineering and AESSEAL.

“It is therefore wholly appropriate that Rotherham has been chosen as the place to launch the UK’s latest aerospace technology strategy and we look forward to welcoming the delegates to the country’s advanced manufacturing heartland.” 

The Aerospace and Defence Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is an initiative to help grow the UK’s share of the global aerospace market by assisting the development of innovative technologies into leading edge aerospace and defence products. 


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