Public (Academia and Governments) as well as private (industries and venture capital funds) organisations have come together to support this effort.
Graphene is expected to impact a number of areas in consumer electronics such as displays, touch screens, sensors, batteries, supercapacitors, antennas, transistors and more. These and other applications, including automotive and aerospace, have driven governments across Europe, Asia and North America to commit R&D funds in excess of $1.5 billion, of which 1 billion euro was allocated by the European Commission for its 10-yeard Graphene Flagship initiative. This scale of activity and funding is on the par with those underpinning the Human Genome Project during the 1990-2000 period.
Taking place at Microsoft Research Cambridge offices on the 25th February 2015, this insightful half-day event will gather some of the UK leading experts to discuss the raise of graphene, the extraordinary technology and funding race observed worldwide, its potential for technology and commercial impact, as well as lessons we need to learn for future emerging technologies.
Drawing on the graphene story speakers will discuss the following angles:
- How can a new field of research and its potential applications reach the level of visibility, industrial interest and financial support achieved by graphene technologies?
- How can parties interested in the commercial application of research advancements distinguish hype from substance, identify concrete technology opportunity and estimate a realistic time to market?
- And what is graphene all about and what lesson can be learned from the trajectory of this emerging technology?
The Academic and Industry SIG is championed by Marc Bailey of Nokia Technologies, Claus Bendtsen of AstraZeneca, Claudio Marinelli of Applied Graphene Materials, Bozidar Radunovic of Microsoft Research Cambridge and Ian Wassell of University of Cambridge.