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Visit the 3M Innovation Centre, Bracknell with MaDE, 2.12.2016

Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) is hosting a special visit to the 3M Customer Innovation Centre, Bracknell, on Friday 2 December 2016. The event will include a tour of the centre's permanent exhibition and exclusive talks by 3M materials innovators. It is open to all professionals, industrialists and students interested in materials and design innovation.

Following the talks and tour there will be an introduction to the newly formed MaDE Partnership which connects materials science and design to stimulate innovation. Founding partners include the Institute of Materials, Minerals & MiningInstitution of Engineering Designers, Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer NetworkLoughborough University and the Royal College of Art.


The Innovation Centre has been created to share the 3M story of innovation and collaboration with customers and business partners, as well as young scientists, designers and engineers of the future. It showcases a wide range of 3M’s 55,000 innovative product lines, from digital stethoscopes for earth-bound doctors to listen to the heartbeats of astronauts to concrete material so light that it floats. There are double sided tapes capable of holding vehicles together; brightness enhancement and energy saving films for mobile devices and LCD TVs; microscopic needles that deliver drugs without pain; and much, much more.

During the visit 3M staff will demonstrate how technology can provide solutions to problems ranging from the day-to-day − such as air bubbles on protective films − to major societal issues, such as the earth’s depleting natural resources. Watch video highlights here.

Friday 2 December 2016

3M Customer Innovation Centre, Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 8HT.

A coach will be provided to transport guests to and from central London. Alternatively, it’s one hour by train from London Waterloo to Bracknell, followed by a short taxi ride to 3M. There is also ample car parking at 3M Bracknell.

9.30am - coach departs central London - Kings Cross (tbc). Introductions and talks by MaDE partners en route.

11.00 am - Arrival at 3M & refreshments

  • Keynote - Science Applied to Life with Dr Phillip Kennedy, 3M Head of External & Digital Innovation
  • Lunch in the 3M dining room (optional at delegate's own cost)
  • 3M Materials Spotlight with Dr Antonio Pagliuca (Industrial Adhesives and Tapes) and Dr Benjamin W Watson (Intelligent Transport Materials)
  • Tour the material innovation showcase with 3M navigators
  • Closing remarks & introduction to the MaDE Partnership

3.30pm - Coach back to Kings Cross, arriving c.5.00pm.


  • Professional (including return coach travel from central London) £25
  • Professional (admission only) £10
  • Student (including return coach travel from central London) £15
  • Student (admission only) £5

Tickets are non-refundable


We look forward to seeing you at 3M Bracknell on 2 December.


The MaDE Partnership is grateful to the Institution of Engineering Designers for initiating this visit to 3M.


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