IMFS February Programme

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


International Manufacturing Forum Series 2021

The IMFS is a virtual conference series , held on the first Thursday of each month of the year. The series will start in January 2021. Each Virtual Conference will last one day and will be focused on a specific topic which is within the rather broad manufacturing umbrella with an emphasis on Industry 4.0 and Direct Digital Manufacturing. The focus of the February meeting is “COVID and Manufacturing”. The Chairs of this meeting are Artur Mateus and Geoffrey Mitchell.

All timings are Western Europe Time (WET = GMT+0, or UTC = GMT+0)


International Manufacturing Forum Series 2021

February 4th 2021

Time Type Title Speaker
10:00 Introduction The International Manufacturing Forum Series Geoffrey Mitchell
10:00 Welcome Welcome from President of the Polytechnic of Leiria Rui Pedrosa
10:10 Session 1 Chair Geoffrey Mitchell
10:15 Keynote 1 A time with electrostatically charged sprays for the mitigation of COVID-19 Manoj K Patel; CSIO Chandigargh
10:55 Qs & Discussion
11:05 Comfort Break
11:25 Session 2 Chair Artur Mateus
11:25 Keynote 2 COVID-19 and Manufacturing: The Power of Repurposing Factories Tariq Masood; University of Cambridge, University of Strathcylde UK
12:05 Qs & Discussion
12:15 Invited 1 coPOLY – Polymers reinforced with copper to promote antimicrobial effect Joana Valente
12:30 Qs & Discussion
12:35 Contributed 1 Money “Laundry” Estelina Lora SIlva
12:50 Qs & Discussion
13:00 Lunch Break
14:00 Session 3 Chair Artur Mateus
14:00 Keynote 3 Personalized Reusable Face Masks with Smart Nano-Assisted Destruction of Pathogens for COVID-19: A Visionary Road Filippo Pierini; Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
14:40 Qs & Discussion
14:50 Invited 2 Computational Modelling and Simulation to develop Multi-structured Polymer based Fibrous Materials for anti vírus individual protection Joana Curto; Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal
15:05 Qs & Discussion
15:10 Comfort Break
15:20 Session 4 Chair Geoffrey Mitchell
15:20 Keynote 4 Pivoting beyond COVID-19 pandemic by supporting and enabling communities and enterprises to transition to a low carbon economy: A “Empower ECO” case study from the Republic of Ireland Neil Rowan; Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland
16:00 Qs & Discussion
16:10 Summary of Forum Artur Mateus
16:30 Close


The entire one day session will be recorded so as to provide an opportunity for many others to benefit from the programme. If you do not wish your presentation to be recorded please send an email to that effect to