Factories for the Future 2023

March 2023

SciMed Events

28th March 2023

SciMed Ltd will be exhibiting at this year’s Factories for the Future event 2023 which will be held on the 28th March 2023 at the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham. 


About the event

Fine chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing has traditionally involved multi-step reactions and physical operations such as mixing, heating, cooling, filtering, drying, and tabletting. Scale-up is primarily concerned with bringing the product to the mass market; however, current issues such as efficient use of raw materials and energy, reducing the number of process steps, efficient separations, and lowering carbon emissions must also be taken into account.

This one-day meeting will look at how future manufacturing plants will need to evolve as we strive for net-zero carbon processes and respond to resource depletion. The following topics will be covered: multi-step synthesis and reactor design, process integration and control, catalysis and selectivity enhancement, big data and machine learning applications, atom efficiency, sustainability, and robotics.

Event Programme

  • 10:00–10:55
    Registration, coffee and putting up posters

  • 10:55–11:00
    Opening remarks

  • 11:00–11:45
    Keynote speaker 1: Prof. Richard Bourne, University of Leeds
    Industry 4.0: Self-optimised development of Pharmaceutical Processes

  • 11:45–12:30
    Keynote speaker 2: Dr Carl Helmut Coulon, Head of Innovation, INVITE, Leverkusen, Germany
    Beyond classical automation: Modern Robotics in Factories of the Future

  • 12:30–13:30
    Lunch and posters

  • 13:30–14.15
    Keynote speaker 3: Professor Alexei Lapkin, University of Cambridge
    Digitalisation of R&D and Manufacturing in Pharma

  • 14.15–14:45
    Short talks from early-career researchers (3 x 10 min)

  • 14:45–15:30
    Keynote speaker 4: Dr Elfie Cavalli, Syngenta 
    Biorenewable Feedstocks in Agrochemical Innovation: Opportunities and Challenges

  • 15:30–16:00

  • 16:00–16:45
    Keynote speaker 5: Dr Julia Creasey, Croda
    Life Cycle Assessment: a solution to achieving sustainability goals beyond factory gates

  • 16:45–17:15
    Panel discussion

  • 17:15–18:00
    Closing remarks and wine reception
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University of Birmingham


Date: 28 March 2023

Cost: From £35 – View Prices 


School of Chemical Engineering

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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