Previous Programme


  • 21st September 2021 AGM & Lecture at 7pm
    • ‘Additive Manufacturing/3D printing at Weir’. Dr Sozon Tsopanos (Head of AM at Weir Group)
  • 19th October 2021 Lecture at 7pm
  • 16th November 2021 Lecture at 7pm
    • ‘Some aspects of plastic flow and microstructure evolution in alpha/beta Ti alloys under transient thermal conditions’. – Dr. S. Lee Semiatin, Research Leader – Metals Processing Group, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA.
  • 7th December 2021 Lecture at 7pm
    • ‘Hybrid Steel’ – Patrik Olund, Ovako AB
  • 13th January 2022 – Joint with TWI Online Event at 7pm
    • “The applicability and value of fracture mechanics testing and assessment” – A brief review of fracture mechanics from its inception to how it is currently used in industry, and a look forward to how it is an essential tool in the journey to a Hydrogen economy. – Andy BarronElement
  • 24th February 2022 – Joint with TWI Aberdeen 6pm – Registration
    • ‘Naval Ships’ – Simon Lister, MD Naval Ships, BAe Systems
  • 15th March 2022 Lecture at 7pm – Postponed
    • ‘Microstructural aspects of Friction Stir Welding’. – Dr Sergey Mironov, Senior Researcher at Belgorod National Research University, Russian Federation
  • 16th March 2022 – Joint with MIS time TBC
    • IOM3 Lecture competition Scotland Heat
  • 17th May 2022 – Lecture / Visit time 6pm for 630pm start
    • ‘FAST-forge’ – Prof Martin Jackson (Uni of Sheffield)
    • AFRC, Inchinnan PA4 9LJ
  • 19th May 2022 – R W Thompson Lecture 4pm [online]
    • ‘Creating a Circular Plastics Economy with Engineered Enzymes’ – Professor John McGeehan, Director, Centre for Enzyme Innovation, School of Biological Sciences, University of Portsmouth


  • 22nd September 2020 Lecture at 7pm
    • Materials for the ultra-extreme environment of the fusion reactor – a true grand challenge.’ Prof Brad Wynne (Strathclyde University)
  • 20th October 2020 Annual Business Meeting and Lecture at 7pm
    • “Shielding gas flows during metal processing: from welding to 3D printing” -Dr Ioannis Bitharas (Heriot Watt University)
  • 17th November 2020 – RW Thompson Lecture & Awards Evening at 7pm
    • ‘Autonomous Systems’ Nigel Whitehead, Director External Affairs of BAe Systems.
  • 1st December 2020 – Student Evening at 7pm
    • Formula Student Presentations & awarding of student prizes
    • University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, Heriot Watt University & Strathclyde University Formula Student teams
  • 7th January 2021 – Joint with TWI Glasgow at 7pm
    • ‘Pipeline Transportation in a Net Zero World’, Dr Julia Race Naval Architecture, Strathclyde University
  • 16th February 2021 Lecture at 7pm
    • ‘A close look at wood with guesswork and pedantry’, Dr Daniel Ridley-Ellis (Edinburgh Napier University)
  • 25th February 2021 – Joint with TWI Aberdeen at 6pm
    • ‘Offshore Wind Farm Fabrication’ speaker Henk de Pater, SSE
  • 16th March 2021 – Presidential Address at 7pm
    • ‘Behaviour of short intergranular stress corrosion cracks (IGSCC) in austenitic stainless steels’ Dr Salah Rahimi (AFRC)
  • 18th May 2021 – Lecture at 7pm
    • ‘Virtual reality & digital twins in manufacturing.’ Danny McMahon, AFRC


  • 24th September 2019
    • Presidential Address’ Materials @ Napier Dr Neil Shearer
  • 15th October2019
    • AGM & Talks from SSERC & Formula Student Team.
  • 19th November 2019
    • Downhole metallurgy’ Ed Wade Metal Ecosse
  • 9th January 2020 – Joint meeting with TWI Glasgow
    • WAAM process for additive manufacture & TOUR of AMRL’ Dr David Gill TechnipFMC
  • 22nd Wednesday January 2020 – Joint meeting with the ICME
    • ‘Engineering and Manufacturing in Scotland:  Challenges and Opportunities.’ Paul Sheering, CEO Scottish Engineering
  • 27th Thursday February 2020 Joint with TWI Aberdeen
    • ‘Reducing gas flow in MIG welding.’ Speakers from Heriot Watt University.
  • 19th May 2020 – Cancelled due to Covid-19
    • Industrial Visit and talk
    • ‘ Virtual Twins for Manufacturing’ Danny McMahon, Metrology & Digital Manufacturing Team Lead at the AFRC. Advanced Forming Research Centre, 85 Inchinnan Drive, Renfrewshire, PA4 9LJ
  • 27th July 2020 – An event to celebrate the Life and Legacy of William Rankine
    • July 2020 marks the bicentenary of the birth of William Rankine. Rankine is well known as one of the founding fathers of the science of thermodynamics but he is also a key figure in the fields of metallurgy, ship building and civil engineering.
    • Each presentation in this celebratory webinar will deal with a specific field that Rankine influenced and will be delivered by a specialist in the subject with renowned physicist and TV presenter Helen Czerski hosting the session on Rankine’s legacy in thermodynamics.
    • Register for your free place at

Rankine 2020 Conference

The Rankine 2020 Conference is a unique virtual event which is bringing together the fields of power cycles, working fluids and RACHP application. This technical conference will feature 75 individual talks, 3 keynote addresses and 1 short course. Spaces are still available for the Rankine 2020 Conference and prices start from £168 inc .vat. This includes access to all live conference sessions, downloads of all 75 technical papers and unlimited access to recordings of talks until the end of this year.

If you want to take part in the full 5 day Rankine 2020 conference a delegate fee is payable – book at