IMFS February

The 2nd IMFS session will take place on February 4th. Register to participate!

International Manufacturing Forum Series 2021 – 4th February 2021 – COVID 19 and Manufacturing

The International Manufacturing Forum Series is a major initative from the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development (CDRSP) of the Polytechnic of Leiria in Portugal. This is a twelve day virtual conference spread over 12 months, with a one conference held on the first thursday of each month. Each one day conference will focus on a specific topic within the broad umbrella of Manufacturing. There will be a particular emphasis on topics related to Industry 4.0 and Digital Manufacturing. CDRSP is a centre of excellence in the field of Direct Digital Manufacturing and was recently judged by an International Panel of the Foundation for Science and Technology to be the best Research Unit in the field of Mechanical Engineering and System Engineering in Portugal.
The COVID Pandemic has caused many to re-examine the long and inadequate supply chains of personal protective equipment. Groups of engineers around the world have turned to direct digital manufacturing as a rapid and localised means of manufacturing to lessen the risks to which frontline medical workers and the population more generally are exposed to. Direct Digital Manufactory is a family of technologies which is able to product products directly from a digital definition without the use of moulds or other complex tooling. These technologies directly enable the possibility of personalisation of the form of a product at the point of manufacturing. The time from concept to product can be very short many be hours or days. This enabled the local production of face shields, ventilators and other medical equipment, when it was needed and where it is needed. Now many are turning to Direct Digital Manufacturing to develop a new generation of face masks and other protective equipment. We invite papers which address any aspect of manufacturing and the challenges raised by the COVID 19 Pandemic with respect to both the technology, simulations, design approaches, medical devices, optimisation techniques, case studies and applications. Please submit your abstract prepared using the template available here and submit using the form available here. Abstracts will be considered immediately they arrive, so please send your abstract as soon as possible to secure a slot in the programme.


Filippo Pierini

Prpfessor at the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (IPPT PAN)

He is a materials scientist with a strong interest in nanotechnology, advanced materials and development of scientific instruments. His research activities are very interdisciplinary and span a wide range of experimental areas including electrospinning of polymer and composite nanofibers, stimuli-responsive materials, hydrogels, liquid crystals and conductive polymers for tissue engineering, drug delivery, organic electronics and photovoltaics.
Dr Pierini has extensive experience in the development of new analytical techniques. The main objective of his work in this field is to develop a new hybrid instrument which combines atomic force microscopy (AFM) with optical tweezers (OT) and to study its applications in both fundamental and applied research.


Tariq Masood

Department of Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management,
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Dr Tariq Masood works at Engineering Design Centre and Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), while working with a number of industrial, policy and academic collaborators, on (global) challenges across design, development and service life cycles of smart products, systems, assets and processes. He is also an Interest Group Champion at Cambridge Global Challenges Research Initiative, where his focus is on global challenges particularly on the interface of Industry 4.0 technologies and disaster management operations.


Manoj K Patel

Manoj K Patel, Ph.D Senior Scientist, Department of Agrionics CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO) Sector 30 C, Chandigarh – 160 030, INDIA Assistant Professor Faculty of Engineering, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) AcSIR-CSIO, Sector 30 C, Chandigarh – 160 030, INDIA

Dr. Manoj K Patel received his B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from NIT Jamshedpur in 2010. He  completed his M.Tech and Ph.D from Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) in 2012 and 2017 respectively. Dr. Patel has started his research career in charged particulate technology, electro-hydrodynamics of liquid sprays and aerodynamics of charged particulate matter. His current research interests are electrostatic liquid atomization, electrostatic spraying technology, airborne charged particulate technology for and air-pollution abatement and smog control, air purification, electrostatic spraying for surface decontamination, effective disinfection and sanitization, food safety and nutrition, autonomous robotic systems for agricultural tasks, UAVs and aerial spraying, optical sensing, IoT based solutions and social innovations. Dr. Patel has three patents. His technological innovations have created three startups which are creating the employment and livelihood to millions. Dr. Patel has received several awards, the most prominent are: Prestigious CSIR Young Scientist Award 2020, IETE Hari Ramji Toshniwal Award 2020, Shushila Sharma New Idea Award 2020, IEI Young Engineers Award 2019, NRDC National Societal Innovation Award 2017, Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award 2016, SKOCH Smart Technology Award 2015 and Order-of Merit Award 2015.


Neil J Rowan

Director Bioscience Research Institute Athlone Institute of Technology Ireland

Neil ROWAN directs Bioscience Research at Athlone IT, Ireland. Neil also holds an Adjunct Professorship in Applied Microbiology at the School of Medicine, Nursing and Biomedical Science at NUI Galway. He has supervised 24 PhD students, 14 MSc by Research and mentored 13 Postdoctoral Research Fellows. Neil has generated over €21M in research funding spanning 3 decades of academia linked to industry and social enterprise/outreach. His H-index is 35 and has ca 4,200 Google Scholar citations. His previous research rating was top of scale at 5* (RAE) when researching at the University of Strathclyde, UK where he held position of Senior Lecturer. Neil is also a Google Knowledge Panel for sustaining and disruptive technologies. Currently Funded Investigator under SFI- funded CURAM Medical Device Research Center. He has acted as editor and reviewer for many leading journals including Applied and Environmental Microbiology and is current Guest Editor for Special Issue of Current Opinions in Environmental Science and Health (COESH) on Green Deal Innovations. Neil has supported national emergency plan for addressing COVID-19 challenges, particularly supply chain issues with PPE along with interest in immunomodulation and therapeutics.


“COVID 19 and Manufacturing” Session of IMFS2021

Geoffrey Mitchell


Geoffrey Mitchell is a Vice-Director of the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development, a Coordinator Investigator at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria and Emeritus Professor at the University of Reading UK. He is/was supervisor/co-supervisor of fifty PhD and forty MSc Students.

Geoffrey Mitchell received a first degree in Metallurgy from the City of London Polytechnic, an MSc in Physical Research Techniques and a PhD degree in Polymer Physics from the CNNA/University of Cambridge.

Artur Mateus


Artur Mateus is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department, on Rapid Tooling and Manufacturing, at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (PIL), since 1997. Also is Vice-Director of the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (PIL). He is member of the scientific and technological council of the Incubator for startups, OPEN (Marinha Grande – Portugal).  Artur Mateus has a PhD in Polymer Physics from the University of Reading (UK), a MSc from the Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal) and a first degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Coimbra.