Prof Johann Sienz briefs National Assembly on the ASTUTE Project as part of the Swansea University briefing series

On 7 May 2013, Professor Johann Sienz, ASTUTE Project, College of Engineering, Swansea University will give the next Swansea University briefing at the National Assembly: 'The ASTUTE Project: Embedding Advanced Technologies into Welsh Manufacturing'.

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This briefing will introduce the five-year, £27 million ASTUTE project which targets the aerospace and automotive sectors, as well as other high value manufacturing technology companies, with the goal of bringing sustainable, higher value goods and services to a global market. Led by Swansea University, this pan-Wales project harnesses combined engineering, science and business expertise from the 8 major Welsh Universities. ASTUTE, which has been part-funded with £14 million from the EU’s Convergence European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, aims to improve the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector in West Wales and the Valleys, by enabling the sector to grow by adopting more advanced technologies, while enhancing sustainability by reducing environmental impact. Prof. Sienz will talk about the project success to date, its demonstrable impact  on Welsh manufacturing it has achieved so far, and he will elaborate on the potential for the future under Horizon 2020.

Professor Johann Sienz is the Research Theme Leader “Aerospace and Manufacturing” and the Teaching Portfolio Director “Aerospace Engineering”. He is the Director of the pan-Wales “Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies” (ASTUTE) project and the Director of the EPSRC funded MATTER (Manufacturing Advances Through Engineering Training) project.

The briefing will begin at 12.30 pm, and will be chaired by Professor Jonathan Bradbury, who organises the briefings on behalf of the Research Institute of Arts and Humanities (RIAH) and Swansea University and which are sponsored by Julie James AM for Swansea West.

For further details, and to register for a place at the briefing, please contact Helen Baldwin at RIAH, Swansea University at

Previous briefings in the Swansea University National Assembly Briefing Series 2012-13 include:

25 September 2012

'No salmon in Yemen – Learning from successes and failures in salmon and trout conservation’
Dr Carlos Garcia de Leaniz, Department of Biosciences, College of Science, Swansea University

27 November 2012

‘Migration to Wales’
Professor Heaven Crawley, Centre for Migration Policy Research (CMPR), Swansea University

29 January 2013

‘From Fitness to Fatness and Back Again:  The  Road Map to a Healthy Childhood’
Professor Gareth Stratton, Applied-Sports Technology Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre, College of Engineering, Swansea University