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Natural Materials Innovation Conference

Thursday 10th October 2019 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm UTC


Sustainability through Innovations, Creativity and Profit


What’s it all about?
We have assembled a group of experts who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise on the usage of natural materials in a range of applications including packaging and construction. You will also hear about the phenomena of ‘biomimicry’, an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. There will also be the opportunity to question our panel of experts as well as network and talk to exhibitors.

Who should attend?
The event is for anyone interested in the sustainability agenda who wants to hear about what innovative businesses and universities are doing to embrace the sustainability revolution, and how the use of natural materials in everyday life is set to grow exponentially as we move away from environmentally damaging artificial materials.

The speakers
Josie Morris – MD, Woolcool, Stone, Staffordshire
Nick Kirby – CEO, Swanline Print Group, Stone, Staffordshire
Dr Chris Holland – Researcher and Senior Lecturer Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield
Craig White – MD, White Design, Chartered Architects and Sustainability Consultants, Bristol
Iris Anderson BEM – Bioeconomy researcher and mentor and founder of the Bioladies Network


8.30 Registration, breakfast, networking and exhibition.
9.15 Introduction and welcome – Sara Williams, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
9.20 Introduction to the NMA – Chris Holland, NMA Chair
9.30 Challenges to Commercialisation – Josie Morris, Woolcool
9.50 Construction innovations – Craig White, White Design Architects

10.10 Breaking the Mould for Greener Ceramics – Paul Farmer, Wade Ceramics
10.30 Sustainable board and packaging – Nick Kirby, Swanline Print
10.50 Biomimicry – Chris Holland, Sheffield University
11.10 Policy & regulation Iris Anderson Bioladies Network
11.30 Coffee Break
11.45 Q&A – with our panel of expert speakers
12.30 Lunch, networking and exhibition
14.00 Close

Please see the link below to the Natural Materials Innovation website:




Thursday 10th October 2019
8:30 am - 2:00 pm UTC+0
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Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
Commerce House, Festival Park
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST1 5BE United Kingdom


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