In the UK, consumers throw away a staggering £700 worth of food per family each year, with significant economic, environmental and social costs (UK Government, 2017). In response, this live panel discussion, hosted at Loughborough University on the 12th October 2018, brought together leading figures from farming, retail and policy to discuss the challenges and solutions. Read more about the event and download the free summary report here.
A joint China-UK funding call was attended by Dr Elliot Woolley in China. He also visited Shantou University to give an invited lecture and catch up with SMART alumnus Dr Alessandro Simeone.
The Centre for SMART has contributed to an article in Sourcing Journal titled 'Can Footwear Ever Give Waste the Boot?'
Net Positive Manufacturing and Immortal Resources were the topics of the Keynote presentation of Professor Shahin Rahimifard today at the 15th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing in Haifa, Israel.
The topic of 'Sustainable Food Supply Chain' was presented by Professor Shahin Rahimifard at eh UK Forum for Supply Chain Sustainability.
Sputnik Radio interview SMART's Dr Elliot Woolley on the subject of what will happen with food and food waste after Brexit
A look at the ‘whole systems’ understanding of upgrading and re-utilisation of unavoidable food supply chain wastes through use of state-of-art technologies to extract valuable compounds including proteins, fibres, sugars, flavonoids and phytochemicals from a range of relevant waste streams, ensuring the new processes are not only environmentally friendly but also economically profitable so food manufacturers.
Researchers from the Centre for SMART have successfully completed a feasibility project that proved a novel technology for significant improvement in the efficiency of cleaning processes for the food manufacturing industry.
SMART Contributions to SDM'2017 International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing held in Bologna, Italy 26-28 April 2017
Professor Shahin Rahimifard will present evidence to the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee this coming Wednesday 1 February 2017 - streaming on parliamentlive.tv
Elliot Woolley, Lecturer in Sustainable Manufacturing at Loughborough University and academic member of the Centre for SMART, has started a SMART Conversation with his article on food waste.
Finding a way to eat the food waste which is lost after harvest and along the distribution and consumption chain will help UK Food Security.
SMART researcher Guillermo Garcia-Garcia presented his work at the 14th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing held in Stellenbosch, South Africa
One-third of the world’s food is wasted. The Independent and the Guardian examine the problem of food waste featuring the Centre for SMART's Pantry App.
The Centre for SMART is using artificial intelligence to lower food production costs. Dr Elliot Woolley and Dr Alessandro Simeone have developed a revolutionary intelligent sensor system for more precise cleaning of food manufacturing equipment which has the potential to save £100m each year for the UK food industry.
This is an exciting opportunity to work at the forefront of sustainable food manufacturing research within the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART). The role will review existing knowledge and best practice and develop methodologies and tools that will actively support radical improvements in resource efficiency in food manufacturing businesses.
The Centre for SMART is seeking two PhD students to undertake research as part of the EPSRC funded Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food
Tegan Pringle, Michael Barwood and Jamie Stone were interviewed about their research for Bridge magazine - a monthly magazine for English-language students with a readership of about 100 000 students and teachers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
SMART researchers envisage collaboration with a large grocery retailer to test their Pantry app which helps consumers minimise food waste by tracking expiry dates and recommending recipes.
The Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technology (SMART) has developed a Multi Analyte Sensor Kit (MASK) for rapid characterisation of the content of water effluent in manufacturing plants.
A novel footwear recycling process could keep some of the 20 billion pairs of shoes produced globally out of landfill.
Applications are sought for a number of PhD posts within the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART) in the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, one of the largest Engineering Schools devoted to this subject area in the UK. Following the award of a substantial grant, the Centre for SMART is building its research activities in sustainable food manufacturing and requires a number of PhD students to work on its ‘Grand Challenge’ projects of Eco-Production of Food, Sustainable Food Supply Chains and Distributed Manufacturing of Food.
The programme for the 2016 Manufacturing Food Futures Conference has been revealed. Networking dinner at Burleigh Court (4 * venue) included in conference fee! Register soon to avoid disappointment - accommodation is limited.
Membership in the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) is limited and based on demonstrated excellence in research. The Centre for SMART is pleased to announce that Dr. Alessandro Simeone has achieved this distinction.
Lego precursors to robots designed by school groups tackle sustainability tasks at the First Lego League.
The annual EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food Conference will take place Wednesday 23rd March - Thursday 24th March 2016 at the Holywell Park Conference Centre of Loughborough University. Student delegate packages are available.
A ‘Grime Scene Investigation’ took place on Monday 23rd November next to the Butler Court student hall at Loughborough University to analyse student food waste. The surprising results show that about 75% of the food waste finding its way into the general waste bin is still edible.
Our SMART Big Top Tent at the Disruptive Innovation Festival will feature many members of our team presenting their work themed around the concept of 'Immortal Resources'.
Waste is everybody's problem, and Wastecyle is working hard to minimize the impact of Loughborough University waste. SMART members toured this facility to learn more about how this is done.
SMART researcher Guillermo Garcia-Garcia has a new research paper titled A Framework for a More Efficient Approach to Food Waste Management.
SMART is offering two Grade 5 Research Assistant positions: User Engagement in the Personalisation of Food Products and Sustainable Food Supply Chain Management
Video of the presentation of Professor Shahin Rahimifard speaking at the 4th Annual CIM IS Conference is now available.
SMART researcher Jamie Stone's presentation titled 'Sustainable food manufacturing: a dual approach looking at resilience and waste' at the Processing technologies for the recovery of added value components from food processing waste event of FoodWasteNet held at the University of Reading 16-17 July wins 2nd prize!
Flying the Eco-Factory flag on day two of the EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability Conference held on the 6th and 7th of July, SMART team members presented their research together with industry representatives.
ICOT 2015 is this year's international conference about the application of thinking in Education, the Arts, Business and Sports that is taking place in Bilbao, Spain from 29 June - 3 July. Professor Shahin Rahimifard has been invited to participate in a round table event on the topic of Circular Economy and Manufacturing.
The Centre for SMART made its presence felt in two areas at the M5 Advanced Manufacturing Conference hosted by Loughborough University on the 22nd of June.
Applications are sought for 5 PhD studentships within the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART) in the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, one of the largest Engineering Schools devoted to this subject area in the UK. Following the award of a substantial grant, the Centre for SMART is building its research activities in sustainable food manufacturing and requires a number of PhD students to work on its 'Grand Challenge' projects of Eco-Production of Food, Sustainable Food Supply Chains and Distributed Manufacturing of Food.
The work done by The Centre for SMART on footwear recycling has recently been featured in the Guardian's Sustainable Business section.
The Centre for SMART extends a warm welcome to our newest PhD student Jamie Stone, Jamie will be pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Elliot Woolley in the area of Sustainable Food Manufacturing.
The Centre for SMART extends a warm welcome to our newest PhD student Pasuree, she joins Loughborough University from Thailand and will be working in the area of Sustainable Design, looking at ways for companies to embed sustainability into their design processes.
Members from The Centre for SMART attended the two-day conference on the future of manufacturing, hosted by the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation (CMAC) and held at the Glasgow Science Centre. The event presented a breadth of inspiring activities and a chance to participate in the conversations about the future of the UK manufacturing industry.
The Centre for SMART was proud to participate in the 3rd Annual conference for the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability, held at Duxford Imperial War Museum and Cambridge University's Murray Edwards college. SMART members put together an impressive exhibition of current project work and engaging and interactive displays. Three of our researchers also gave presentations to the conference delegates on topics including robotic disassembly of hybrid vehicle components, Eco-intelligent manufacturing and resource efficiency.
The Centre for SMART extends a warm welcome to our newest PhD student Guillermo Garcia-Garcia, Guillermo will be pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Elliot Woolley in the area of Sustainable Food Manufacturing.
The Centre for SMART extends a warm welcome to our newest PhD student Tegan, she joins Loughborough University from The MTC and will be working in the area of Zero waste, looking at ways of creating Reconfigurable Recycling Systems to enhance the quality of material recovered from end-of-life products.