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Demand led Innovation workshop and launch of Constructing Excellence Midlands Sustainability and Innovation Group – 5/11/18


5 November 2018


14:00 – 16.30 (followed by first meeting of Constructing Excellence Midlands Sustainability and Innovation Forum from 16:45 – 18.30)* *Constructing Excellence Midland has recently been re-launched with the Sustainability and Innovation ‘Thought Leadership Forum’ one of several groups created, to compliment existing local best practice groups.  The forum will address barriers and gateways and explore appropriate practices and support; this inaugural meeting will explore terms of reference and interests of the group to allow targeting of future meetings.


3PB office, The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6AT


Innovation Alliance for WM and Constructing Excellence Midlands

The event

The construction sector has been hesitant to embrace sustainability and innovation opportunities open to it.  The Midlands has the potential to buck this trend with its strong and thriving sustainable construction sector and demonstrable research and development capabilities that could support it to innovate. This is where the Sustainability and Innovation Group of CE Midlands comes in.  The group will help to encourage this thriving sector to innovate and be more sustainable, address the barriers and gateways to innovating and explore appropriate practices and support. This new group will be Chaired by Noel Street of 3D Reid Architects and West Midlands Chair of the Construction Industry Council.  Support will be provided via the Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands and Sustainability West Midlands who already work in partnership on innovation and sustainability matters in the West Midlands. The afternoon of 5th November will comprise: 2.00-4.30pm       Workshop to shape emerging, large-scale collaborative activities with the potential to significantly impact business innovation and productivity in the Midlands region.  By contributing you will gain early insight into important regional demand-led innovation initiatives that could benefit your business/ organisation. The workshop will consider:
  • Demand-led innovation and why is it important to stimulate it in the West Midlands/ Midlands?
  • CDIS (The Consortium for the Demonstration of Intelligent Systems) is an ambitious programme to position the region at the vanguard of development, demonstration and adoption of intelligent (and integrated) systems through collaborative feasibility, pilot and technology showcasing activities. Initially it will focus on tackling barriers to exploiting intelligent systems to solve ‘grand challenges’ around mobility, health and energy.
  • CITEC (Cross-Industry Technology Exploitation in Clusters) will support collaboration within and between supply chains to develop innovative new product and process technologies, focusing on five key Midlands industries (Next Generation Transport, Medical Technologies, Food Processing, Energy and Low Carbon, and Sustainable Construction).
  • West Midlands 5G was recently announced as a multi-million pound, three city trial of new high speed connectivity that will pave the way for the future rollout of 5G across the UK. But what new 5G applications and services are we best placed to trial at scale?
4.30-4.45pm       Tea/ coffee break 4.45-6pm             Inaugural meeting of Construction Excellence Midlands Sustainability and Innovation Group, exploring terms of reference and interest of the group to allow targeting of future meetings.

Booking and further information

Register here: https://bit.ly/2CtiHXZ We are also running a workshop for the energy and low carbon sector; see here for more details.

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