Smart-E Events

Complementary Training

The AMRC at the University of Sheffield is hosting a series of training weeks throughout the SMART-E programme, covering several transferable and additional skills to support the SMART-E researchers in developing and translating their research in an industrial and manufacturing context.

Activities so far have covered project management and presentation skills, entrepreneurial training, and a ‘Dragons’ Den’ session, where researchers were able to pitch business ideas to a panel of potential investors.

February 23-27 2015 Workshop

All the ESRs participated in this first workshop improving their skills on project management and presentation: pictures of the event are displayed below.


September 7-11 2015 Workshop

The second Complementary Skills Training event ran for four days at the University of Sheffield (UK). The first day, Geoff Pegman, from RURobotics (a SMART-E Associate Partner) gave a lecture on start-ups, the markets, the aspects of Intellectual Property (IP) and patents, the opportunities for having sources of finance and how to build a business plan. Fellows had the opportunity to develop and practice an elevator pitch. The second day, the staff from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), the Design & Prototyping Group (DPG) and the Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG) presented all the steps involved on the development of new technology (design manufacture), followed by lectures about cost-benefit analysis, quality management, health and safety and about environmental and ethics issues. The remaining two days were dedicated to preparing and presenting a project to obtain funding and offer shares of a hypothetical company. This training was organized following the Dragons’ Den presentations, with the fellows working closely in groups of 2-3 people and learning how to negotiate for funding their project in a simulated negotiation with venture capitalist. This was a very exciting and interesting experience for the Fellows according to their feedback.