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International Conference on Technology of Plasticity

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...

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A Study of Regretted Purchases in the UK

A new paper from the Use Less Group paper presents findings from a nationally representative household survey on the tendency to regret purchases across 20 product groups. The survey reveals that the vast majority of adults in Great Britain (82%) have regretted a purchase in the past. Post-purchase regret is shown to be...

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Material Demand Reduction workshop for Royal Society Philosophical Transactions

On 26 – 28 September 2016 the Use Less Group hosted a workshop on Material Demand Reduction in St Catherine’s College, Cambridge. A key strategy for climate mitigation is "Material Efficiency" - living well with less material production. The barriers to implementing the many technical opportunities fall outside of the science and engineering background, and therefore this was a multidisciplinary event, with speakers covering a range of disciplines including engineering, theology, history, fashion studies, economics, innovation studies, public health, sociology and psychology.

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Chris Cleaver - Lord of the Rings

PhD student, Chris Cleaver has developed a prototype 12-axis machine for rolling of shaped metal rings. The first of its kind, this ‘Lord of the Rings’ machine was officially launched on 27 June at a function attended by all those involved, as well as senior members of the Engineering Department. The machine is a significant achievement and the first experimental ring rolling mill commissioned in the UK since the 1970s.

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WholeSEM releases report on bioenergy

The wholeSEM project has released a new report: Modelling energy systems - How much bioenergy feedstock can be grown sustainably in the UK? The report is the outcome of a workshop held at the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge on 30 September - 01 October 2014. The workshop brought together 40...

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Professor Allwood's plan for steel - media response

A new report from the University of Cambridge claims that British steel could be saved, if the industry is willing to transform itself. The report, by Professor Julian Allwood, argues that in order to survive, the UK steel industry needs to refocus itself on steel recycling and on producing products for end users. He...

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A bright future for UK steel

Professor Julian Allwood, Head of the Use Less Group, argues that British steel could be saved, if the industry is willing to transform itself.

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Professor Allwood challenges automotive industry on steel recycling

Professor Julian Allwood used his position as keynote speaker at the 16th International Automobile Recycling Congress IARC 2016, to challenge the industry on the quality of its raw scrap. Speaking to an audience of industry delegates and politicians, Professor Allwood said: “The European steel industry is facing disaster...

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Letter in Nature

Nature have published a letter from Professor Julian Allwood, challenging unreasonable optimism about 'new' energy technologies. The letter calls on us to reconsider our habits in energy and material use as a first priority in addressing climate change.

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