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Forum 2023

The 2023 Armourers and Brasiers' Cambridge Forum will be held on Tuesday 20th June 2023. The afternoon programme includes talks, the award of the Armourers & Brasiers’ Materials Science Venture Prize, displays of current research, and the 24th Kelly Lecture given by Professor Victoire de Margerie, Founder and Vice-Chairman, World Materials Forum.

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Materials Science: Key opportunities and challenges by 2035

Prof. Victoire de Margerie
Founder and Vice-Chairman, World Materials Forum

Victoire de Margerie started her career in 1986. She held various Business Development, Plant and Business Unit Management roles at Atochem (specialty chemicals), CarnaudMetalbox (packaging) and Péchiney (aluminium & packaging) in France, Germany & the USA until 2002. Between 2003 and 2011 she was an Associate and then Full Professor of Strategy and Technology Management at Grenoble School of Management. Since 2012, she has been the majority shareholder and Executive Chairman of Rondol (France/UK) and a Board Director at Arkema and Eurazeo (both SBF 120 companies). Since 2014 she is also Founder & Vice Chairman of the World Materials Forum, since 2016 a Board Director at Université de Lorraine, since 2019 a Member of the National Academy of Technologies of France, since 2021 a Board Director at Mines ParisTech, and since 2022 a Board Director at Ivanhoe Electric (NYSE). Prof. de Margerie graduated from HEC Paris and Sciences Po Paris and holds a PhD in Management Science from Université de Paris 2, Panthéon Assas.


We all wish to pursue economic growth, but this will be possible only if we decouple it from the use of our natural resources while fulfilling the needs of our citizens and creating value for our industries.  And this will mean both focusing on a selected number of materials breakthrough technologies and bringing the results of research to an industrial scale at a superior speed.  Some examples will be given, and one will be fully detailed: the supply chain of the electric revolution from sustainable mining and refining to new chemistries of EV batteries and their efficient high-quality recycling.


Promoting Materials Science to Industry and Academia

The Armourers and Brasiers' Cambridge Forum is held annually at the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy in Cambridge with the aim of raising the profile of materials science in the UK academic and industrial communities, while being international in scope. The Forum attracts high-level involvement from industry, research councils and other influential bodies. It incorporates the Kelly Lecture and the Gordon Seminars, inaugurated in 1999 to mark the opening of the Gordon Laboratory in the Department. It is generously supported by the Armourers and Brasiers' Livery Company and a number of other sponsors.