In October 2018, the Hub and BCAST hosted an open day to showcase their solidification and casting research and the purpose of the Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC) research scale up facilities. The audience were also informed about the strategic industrial collaborations with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and Constellium, and the impact that support from major funding bodies (such as HEFCE/Research England and Innovate UK) has had on strengthening collaboration and delivering impact. Professor Fan described the Hub’s vision and the ambitious plans for the future. The AMCC and AMPC facilities were opened to visitors to understand further the innovative capabilities of the equipment.
The Hub is working with the experts in the Brunel University London Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Centre to develop new material for a Royal Institution approved workshop on sustainability and metals. The workshop will initially be targeted at year 9 students, and will be followed by a more advanced workshop for the Inspire Girls’ summer school event aimed at female students who are making crucial choices on decisions for applications to UCAS. In the same vein, the Hub will be hosting an open day for school students which will include an accessible overview of the Hub’s research and the importance of liquid metal engineering to the closed-loop economy, and be shown around the state-of-the-art laboratory and scale-up facilities.