Material Sessions is an exciting new series dedicated to trends and topics that shape the material world. Dr. Andrew Dent hosts eight sessions each with a live Q&A. In addition to the recorded session, you’ll gain access to transcripts, topic briefings with links to additional resources, and more!
Each session provides an in-depth look at current and future trends in material science. An overview of the topics covered in each of the sessions can be found below.
Material Sessions will be broadcast along with the live Q&As on October 29th and 30th – but you can watch or listen to the recordings anytime thereafter. Please be aware ticket sales end October 28, 2020 at 6:00pm EDT (UTC-4).
Day 1: Thursday, October 29th
An overview of packaging and the role it plays, the multilayer challenge, paper vs. plastic discussion, and some current alternatives.
Textiles: Back to the Future
We take a look at digital manufacturing, new performance treatments, the future of textiles, color and pattern, and sustainability.
Designing for the New Clean
The pandemic has brought unique concerns and challenges to the surface. We discuss new technologies and consider the implications of an overly clean world.
Dr. Dent encourages us to rethink waste. What is waste really? We’ll find that waste has enormous potential and value when seen through a new lens.
Day 2: Friday, October 30th
Bioplastics: The (Not So) Basics
We examine single use bioplastics, durables and elastomers, as well as water-solubles. What are the benefits to these ‘green’ plastics?
A Circular Approach to Design
Here we discuss the important role designers play within a circular economy – and how it may change moving forward. Current successes and areas of interest are shared.
Bio-built: Algae, Fungi, and Bacteria
The natural world is ripe with material that is not only sustainable, but versatile as well. We discuss biomaterials and showcase some standouts.
Hard as Nails: Glass, Ceramics, and Metals
Taking a look at innovations within the more traditional, durable, and man-made materials. How might these innovations play a part in sustainability and circularity?
More than a virtual seminar… each session provides access to the session and live Q&A with Dr. Andrew Dent, associated resource downloads including transcript and material profiles, as well as audio and video recordings so you can revisit the content at any time.
Do I have to be a member to register and attend?
Nope. Material Sessions is open to the public.
Will the sessions be recorded?
Yes. All sessions and Q&As will be available for replay after October 30th.
Can I buy just one session?
We designed these sessions to be accessible to everyone. You may choose to purchase one single session, one full day, or both days (all 8 sessions). If you’d like to buy 2-3 single sessions, you will need to go through the checkout process for each one.
How long is the discount available?
Early bird ticket sales end October 20, 2020 at 11:59:59pm Eastern. Register before October 20th to take advantage of the deep discounts! Ticket sales end October 28, 2020 at 6:00pm Eastern (UTC-4).