Happy Christmas and Happy New year from the AMPS team

Another excellent year of research, travel and laughs! Team AMPS has gained more excellent researcher staff and a new doctor of philosophy who also likes to throw frisbees. 2018 looks set to be another excellent year with two new research projects about to kick off. Team AMPS 2018, watch this space! 


Autodesk San Francisco

So, for the next week we will be in Autodesk, San Francisco learning about lots of cool new technology! This picture is taken from the main reception area. 


Attending the CIRP 2017 general assembly in Switzerland, Lugano. Lots of interesting discussions and a few arguments, mostly over my presentation! Now off for dinner with the Research Affiliates. 

14th EPSRC Early Career Forum – Bath

The next round of the EPSRC early career forum in advanced manufacturing research starts today at the University of Bath. There will be lots of discussions, collaborations and industrial & academic¬†speakers on the theme of ‘Engagement with Commercial Partners’. This of course will be lubricated by plenty of coffee!

A photograph of Dr Laura Justham from Loughborough University preparing the ice breaker activities.



2016 has been another awesome year for the Advanced Machining Processes and Systems (AMPS) research group at the University of Bath and friends! We have grown in size; 2 new academics (Drs Shokrani & Flynn), 2 fantastic lead researchers (Drs Essink and Imani-Asrai) and a bunch of bright and brilliant PhD students with his Royal West Bromwichness, Prof Newman ever present at the helm! Bring on 2017 and the many research challenges it may bring!


A few snap shots from 2016


The last day of the RS pairing scheme; lots of activities and sessions planned by the Royal Society.

Session 1: Government office for Science

Alan Pitt, deputy director for science capability gave a talk on how Parliament deals with scientific issues within policy. He discussed the mechanisms of engagement with MPs and how to effectively communicate in order to inform policy. The notion of the three different lenses was discussed. This consists of of ‘Politics’, ‘Evidence’ and ‘ Delivery’. Whilst some policies might seem obvious to a scientist; for example, the higher taxing of diesel vehicles’, politically it is more complex and so this multi lensed approach needs to be used to form coherent and logical policies that are accepted by the wider public. This was something I had not thought about before. Being a scientist we get filtered down one route that is focused purely on the best scientific gains. One point that was stressed by Jon Elliot (head of science advice and leadership, Government office) was the need to have access to high quality evidence because this is what leads to better policy.

Session 2: Evidence and Impact

Stephen Berett, Government officer, discussed the need to think about long term issues to feed into wider policy making and the policy interface. Policy is not just about the here and now, and must be thought of within a longer term context. He also discussed the notion of data representation for ease of use and accessibility.

Session 3: How science informs our response to emergencies

Jack Wardle and Colin Armstrong, both from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) presented an excellent session on how emergencies are dealt with at a government level and how they use science to inform their decision making. We ran a mock virus outbreak scenario going through the various stages of information capture, risk assessment, containment and decision making to highlight the issues both the science community and government need to be able to deal with.

Session 4: Wrap up

The final session of the Royal Society Pairing Scheme with the excellent Rachael Mann and Rebecca Purvis! A brief round up session discussing what we had got out of the paired scheme. For me, this has been an excellent 4 days, where I have begun to learn about the complex mechanism of Parliament and how I can in future look to inform policy. I would definitely recommend the RS Pairing Scheme to others!

It is a good bye to the Houses of Parliament and the hustle and bustle of Westminster. I hope to be back very soon!