This year’s Armourers and Brasiers’ Cambridge Forum will be held on Thursday 16 June at the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy on the New Museums Site in central Cambridge.

The Forum starts at 1.30pm and includes a series of talks and poster sessions aiming to showcase and explain the achievements of materials science in the UK. The Forum begins with the Gordon Seminars (inaugurated in 1999 to mark the opening of the Gordon Laboratory in the Department) and culminates in the Kelly Lecture — given annually by one of the world’s leading materials scientists. This year’s Lecture (the 7th in the series) will be given by Professor Daniel E. Morse, Director of the UCSB-MIT-Caltech Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, and Professor of Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara. The title of his lecture will be ‘Biologically inspired routes for materials synthesis and nanofabrication: High performance with low environmental impact’.

Professor Lindsay Greer, Deputy Head of the Department, said: “The theme of this year’s Forum is materials chemistry. This field is broad and important, particularly in reducing the environmental impact of transport and manufacturing. The talks range from pharmaceutical materials to ceramics for electrical devices, to a world-beating advance in metals extraction, and cover the latest research on innovative transport systems (based on fuel cells and hydrogen. “The Kelly lecture builds on these themes: the best chemist is Nature herself, and living systems offer wonderful examples of complex materials synthesis with low energy consumption. Professor Morse develops new materials, but starts with the processes of Nature. We expect his talk to stimulate and inspire UK efforts in the area of biomimetic processing.”

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. It attracts high-level involvement from industry, research councils and other influential bodies and is open to all. For more information about the Forum or to register online visit

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