Recommendations for greater integration of the materials science and design communities across Europe have been published by EC project InnoMatNet.
Despite the relevance of materials for technological advances in many fields, and particularly ts importance to the success of the ‘creative industries’, there is a gap between the creative design of products that meet the needs of the market, and the research and development of new materials to be used in these products. At the heart of this issue is the lack of collaboration between materials researchers and those in the creative industries.
InnoMatNet was created under EC Framework 7 to identify best practice in closing this gap and build a network of interested designers, scientists and manufacturers. Consortium partners included the KTN Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) group as part of the IOM3 delivery team.
A Green Paper with final recommendations is now available as a pdf download from the InnoMatNet site and covers 3 key areas:
EDUCATION, TRAINING & RESEARCH
Promote a more integrated education system (materials and design)
Foster different types of training (Lifelong Learning, Workshops...)
Organise competitions to raise the profile of innovative products and stimulate their development
TOOLS, SUPPORT SYSTEMS, INSPIRATION
Encourage the creation, development and support of multi-disciplinary networks and communities
Diffuse successful cases of positive impacts of collaboration between designers and materials researchers (best practices)
Promote tools to reinforce opportunities for dialogue between materials researchers and designers
ACCESS TO MARKET
DOWNLOAD THE INNOMATNET RECOMMENDATIONS
READ INNOMATNET CASE STUDIES