MAPP (Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes) Conference 2020

MAPP is delighted to announce that it will be holding its second international conference from 1st-2nd June 2020. 


This years’ event follows their hugely successful inaugural event held in Sheffield in 2018 and takes place at Milton Hill House in Oxford.


MAPP’s vision is to deliver on the promise of powder-based manufacturing to provide low energy, low cost, and low waste high value manufacturing routes and products to secure UK manufacturing productivity and growth. 


Since it’s launch in 2016, MAPP has been delivering impact against key themes which are (a) allowing researchers to understand the complexity in powder systems and develop a systems level approach to deepen understanding of their morphology and interaction; and (b) ensuring consistent performance and enhanced manufacturing rates through advanced process, control and monitoring involving various powder processing systems developed through advanced processing.


MAPP is led by the University of Sheffield and brings together leading research teams from the Universities of Leeds, Manchester and Oxford, Imperial College London and University College London, together with a founding group of 17 industry partners and the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult.


Now three years into their research programme, the selected themes for the conference reflect MAPP’s Grand Challenge themes - areas which academic and industry consultation has agreed to be important over the next few years. 


These are:


Right First Time Manufacturing. The attention here is on delivering defect free and fit for purpose components by being able to accommodate variability through real time process control. 

From In-Process Monitoring and Control to In-Service Prediction and Performance. Research here concerns moving from ‘form on demand’ (right first time) to ‘performance on demand’ with in-situ control of microstructure and properties. Prediction of component performance in subsequent manufacturing steps and in-service is a major focus.

Enhanced Product Performance. This theme involves manipulation of processes and materials to provide enhanced product performance, e.g. complex hierarchical structures, ‘alloys by design’, development of low value starting materials, new process for materials which are currently challenging to process and moving towards zero waste manufacture.  


Karen Wood, MAPP Project Manager, said “We are excited about our conference as it comes at a time where the research around advanced powder processes is gaining momentum in many new and exciting areas. To be able to bring together so many key influencers in the field is fantastic and the programme is shaping up to offer a great opportunity for shared knowledge and discussion to researchers with an interest in our key themes.”


The conference runs for two full days, and as well as presentations from international experts such as Prof. Helena Van Swygenhoven, EPFL;  Dr Aaron Stebner, Colorado School of Mines; Dr Katy Milne, MTC; Dr Iuliia Elizarova, Imperial College; and Prof. Richard Todd, University of Oxford, also includes tours of the nearby Harwell Campus, early career presentations and conference dinner.


The call for abstracts is open now, with a closing date for applications and early bird registration of 14th February. More information, including the updated programme as it becomes available, can be found at 


Sponsorship opportunities are also available and you can follow the conference on social media via #Mapp2020.


Sponsors of MAPP’s second international conference include Verder Scientific, Olympus, Metal AM, Freeman Technology and BeAM.