Major Projects

88 Pianists

Last year, we launched a national STEM outreach programme aimed at inspiring 7-10 year olds to get involved in engineering. To mark 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci’s death, we’re asking: has the smartphone killed invention? To find out, we invited primary school children across the UK to invent their way to an unbreakable world record for the number of people playing the same piano. Da Vinci was a renowned inventor, engineer and artist. He even invented his own musical instrument, the Viola Organista.

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ICTP conference and film

Professor Allwood and his group hosted the International Conference on Technology of Plasticity at the Department of Engineering in September 2017. With 4 years planning, we welcomed over 600 delegates to a series of fantastic events and an academic programme of over 400 papers. Particular highlights include the spectacular opening lecture at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, hosted by Tony Robinson and the unveiling of the ICTP Peacock- a combination or art and engineering, created by the group and showcasing many metal-forming techniques.

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Foreseer

The Foreseer tool at the University of Cambridge investigates the ‘nexus’ of water, energy and land resources. It is a scenario generation tool which includes natural resource supply, transformation, and use, as well as the ways in which they affect each other. The Foreseer tool also calculates greenhouse gas emissions and other measures of stress, such as groundwater depletion, in response to user-defined scenarios. The basis of the tool is a set of linked physical models for these resources plus the technologies that transform these resources into final services.

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Wellmet

In the WellMet2050 project we explored the technical basis for a low carbon industrial future. With a consortium of 20 industrial partners, we identified six strategies for living well with less new material production. The outcomes of this work are described in our book, Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open which was selected by Bill Gates as one of his six best reads of 2015. The first edition of the book can be read online for free, and a revised edition was published in the autumn of 2015.

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Sustainable Materials - the book

One of Bill Gates six top books for 2015, Sustainable Materials with Both Eyes Open by Julian Allwood, Dr Jonathan Cullen and colleagues presents an optimistic, entertaining and richly informed evaluation of the sustainable management of our growing demand for materials.

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