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Short Course and Workshops

Optional short courses and workshops precede the main Materials Education Symposium.

APRIL 10 MORNING CES EduPack Short Course
APRIL 10 AFTERNOON Beyond EduPack – preparing students for industry with CES Selector
APRIL 10 AFTERNOON Getting to know the CES EduPack Materials Science and Engineering Database
APRIL 10 AFTERNOON Life-cycle engineering and Sustainability in the classroom: tackling the issue of plastic waste
APRIL 10 ALL DAY SusCritMat Short Course on Electric Mobility

CES EduPack Short Course

When: April 10 (9am-1pm)

Organizer: Granta Design

Cost: Full Event package includes this course, the Symposium, and any Wednesday Workshop.

Note: attendees will need to bring their own laptop computers for the hands-on sessions, and will be provided with the new CES EduPack software. Please ensure this is a Windows machine and that you have administrator privileges.

Who is the course for?

Anyone new to the CES EduPack teaching resources, or seeking a refresher. Professors, Lecturers, and Program Directors of university and college courses related to materials and manufacturing.  The course is relevant to the following disciplines: mechanical engineering; production engineering; aerospace engineering; materials science and engineering; industrial and product design; polymer science and engineering; eco-engineering; chemical engineering; bio-engineering; and architecture and the built environment.

What is the course about?

CES EduPack has been created by Professor Mike Ashby of Cambridge University and his colleagues over the past 20 years. Both the resources that it provides and the ideas that it implements are valuable to educators across a broad range of engineering-related courses, and from first to final-year teaching. They have been used to support and reinforce existing courses that use a variety of teaching approaches and texts, as well as in the design of new courses.

The course will show, through lectures interspersed with hands-on tutorial sessions using the software, how such resources can assist materials teaching.

  • Learn about a highly visual, interactive and systematic material selection methodology
  • Discover how to support the teaching of Eco Design and Sustainability from a materials perspective
  • Find out about material selection with conflicting criteria (eg. cost, mass, and performance)
  • Get one month's access to all CES EduPack databases and editions.

Outline Agenda

09:00 Registration & refreshments
09:30 Course opens—Welcome, Introductions, Granta's Education Hub and Agenda Review
09:45 Getting Started with CES EduPack
Learn how to engage students using our interactive, visual software, with access to reliable materials data including hands-on exercises.
10:45 Coffee Break
11:00 Materials Selection: translation, screening, ranking
Discover the basics of systematic materials selection methodology, teaching transferable skills to your students, including hands-on exercises.
12:00 Tools for Materials Development and Innovative Design
Discover the Eco Audit Tool enabling life-cycle thinking and eco design to support material selection for greener products. Create hybrids and composites with the Synthesizer Tool.
13:00 Lunch

Workshop: Beyond EduPack – preparing students for industry with CES Selector

When: April 10 (2pm-5pm)

Organizer: Granta Design

Cost: Adds £100 to Symposium fee; included in full event fee

Workshop Leaders: Dr. Charlie Bream and Dr. Dandan Zhu


This session provides an introduction to the CES Selector software, used in industry and research for materials selection and decision-making, and to support advanced teaching of materials.

When selecting materials in industry, there are many challenges that often need to be addressed and overcome. These range from a lack of information on design requirements, myths around materials, a resistance to introduce new materials, through to time constraints and a lack of understanding on materials and selection techniques, such as performance indices.

CES Selector is the industrial version of CES EduPack, which includes addition datasets and tools that enable users to address these challenges and help them; quickly identify candidate materials, engage with project stakeholders, and justify and focus their development efforts on the most promising solutions. These tools include; the ‘Engineering Solver’ that converts engineering requirements into material properties, the ‘Find Similar’ tool for finding drop-in replacements with minimal information on the design requirements, the ‘Reference record’ and ‘Comparison tables’ for identifying the differences between materials and flagging ‘key’ properties that you may have overlooked, and the Senvol Database™ of additive manufacturing materials and machines.

In the workshop, you will:

  • Enjoy case studies showing how these tools and features are used to solve real industrial problems
  • Learn about techniques for engaging non-materials stakeholders
  • See demonstrations of the Additive Manufacturing Edition – New for CES Selector 2019
  • Try the software in hands-on exercises, with a time-limited license.

At the conclusion of the workshop, you should be able to:

  1. Select materials efficiently using the Engineering Solver and Find Similar tools
  2. Set reference materials and make comparison tables to identify differences between material candidates
  3. Understand the different selection methodologies that can be applied to address material selection challenges in industry.

More information on CES Selector >

Workshop: Getting to know the CES EduPack Materials Science and Engineering Database

When: Wednesday, April 10 (2pm-5pm)

Organizer: Granta Design

Cost: Adds £100 to Symposium fee; included in full event fee

Workshop Leaders: Prof. Mike Ashby and Dr. Harriet Parnell


Experience suggests that learning is better achieved by discovery for oneself than by passive listening. The CES EduPack Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E) Package is a set of resources that allows students to explore the relationships between the Processing, Structure and Properties of materials and sets challenges for them to do so. The package includes data for the Elements, for Structural, Functional and Biological materials, and for Processes for shaping, joining and finishing. The package includes interactive Tools to aid understanding of phase diagrams and to stimulate exploration of the process-structure-property relationships. It also provides a set of teaching and learning resources, Exercises (with worked solutions available for instructors) a descriptive Paper, a Lecture Unit and suggested Micro-projects that stimulate discovery.

The tone: informal throughout. The aim: a rewarding and enjoyable afternoon with shared experience.

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn more about the CES EduPack Materials Science and Engineering Edition how to use it.
  • Take an active part in practical exercises on the main parts of MS&E. This includes:
    • binary phase diagrams of the most widely used engineering alloys
    • a tool to explore the evolution of microstructure and the Lever Rule
    • seven sets of data to illustrate the modification of properties by processing. This contains seven sets of records chosen to visualize how processes such as alloying, heat treatment, mechanical working, sintering and foaming, change mechanical, thermal and electrical properties.

At the conclusion of this workshop, you should be able to:

  1. Use the new interactive phase diagram tools in the MS&E database
  2. Explore new visual ways to approach process-property relationships
  3. Find and use our functional materials data in the extended database

Workshop: Life-cycle engineering and Sustainability in the classroom: tackling the issue of plastic waste

When: April 10 (2pm-5pm)

Organizer: Granta Design

Cost: Adds £100 to Symposium fee; included in full event fee

Workshop Leaders: Prof. Claes Fredriksson and Dr. Mauricio Dwek


The workshop will focus on using Granta's data and tools for sustainability and lifecycle investigations in design and materials-related courses. It will be based on our five-step methodology to evaluate proposals for products and technologies, but also makes use of the Eco Audit Life-cycle tool of CES EduPack, hands-on. The problem that will be tackled is the urgent issue of plastic waste and the case of PET water bottles. Participants will explore the Sustainability Database of CES EduPack to analyze and discuss environmental and socioeconomic issues related to material use. The Enhanced Eco Audit Tool will also be utilized as a means to develop critical thinking and awareness in product developmenty and design. The workshop includes a practical group exercise, benchmarking alternatives to PET bottles with actual water containers. Ths demonstrates a problem-based activity that can be directly used in your classroom together with CES EduPack.

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn about a problem-based approach to assessing the sustainability of products and technological developments
  • Gain practical knowledge and skills regarding eco-data and eco-informed materials selection in life-cycle engineering and eco design
  • Experience a practical and hands-on example of how to use the Eco Audit tool to explore the issue of plastic waste
  • Find out about case studies, exercises, lecture units, and other teaching resources available for educators.

At the conclusion of this workshop, you should be able to:

  1. Confidently know how to use CES EduPack to teach students sustainability concepts
  2. Implement a problem-based system approach in your design or materials-related teaching
  3. Get a copy of a textbook, and a practical example with the templates and a fully developed case study to use in your teaching
  4. Get a one-month access to the test license of CES EduPack to try out with your students.

SusCritMat Short Course on Electric Mobility

When: April 10 (8:00am - 6:30pm)

Organizer: SusCritMat (Sustainable Management of Critical Raw Materials)

Cost: Free

Short Course Leader: Alessandra Hool


At the course, participants experienced a short version of a SusCritMat training school, covering some typical SusCritMat training course modules. Participants will receive the supporting training material (presentations, short films, exercises). The course will cover several topics related to the sustainable management of Critical Raw Materials across the value chain with the case of electric mobility, focusing especially on Cobalt and Lithium for EV batteries: theory and criticality assessment with Co and Li as a hands-on case, primary and secondary sourcing of Co and Li, future demand scenarios, sustainability assessment of electric cars, geopolitical aspects and certification potentials of Co and Li.

Teachers include amongst others Prof. Ester van der Voet, University of Leiden, and Prof David Peck, TU Delft, as well as representatives from Granta Design, University of Bordeaux and the British Geological Survey. For more information on the project SusCritMat, visit

On the evening of April 9, SusCritMat will offer a “gaming night” in a nearby pub with the SusCritMat trainers and game developer Katie Whalen where we play the "In the Loop Game” on CRMs and the circular economy - free drinks included! Please register here

Provisional Agenda

08:00 Registration & welcome coffee
08:30 Electric mobility developments in Europe Lecture
9:00 Geopolitical aspects of critical raw materials Lecture
9:15 Colbalt and Lithium: Primary and secondary supply Lecture
10:00 Coffee Break
10:30 Sustainability Assessment: electric car case Group Work
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Introduction into criticality assessment Lecture
14:15 Assessing the criticality of Co and Li Group Work
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 Demand scenarios for metals Lecture
16:15 Scenario planning for Co and Li Group Work
17:00 Certification options for minerals Lecture
17:30 Certification potentials of Co and Li Group Work
18:00 Final discussion and wrap-up Discussion
18:15 Apéritif


Course and Workshop Presenters

CES EduPack Course Leader and MSE Workshop Leader:
Prof. Mike Ashby, University of Cambridge

Mike Ashby, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, is a world-renowned authority on engineering materials being the author/co-author of best-selling textbooks and of over 200 papers on topics including the mechanisms of plasticity and fracture, powder compaction, mechanisms of wear, methodologies for materials selection, and the modeling of material shaping processes. He is recipient of numerous awards and honors including Fellow of the Royal Society and Member of the American Academy of Engineering.

  Prof. Ashby

CES EduPack Course Presenter and Sustainability Workshop Leader: Dr. Claes Fredriksson, Education Division, Granta Design

Claes Fredriksson has more than 15 years’ experience teaching Materials-related subjects to undergraduate and post graduate students in Sweden, Canada, Belgium and the U.S.A, mainly in Mechanical Engineering. After gaining an MSc in Engineering Physics and PhD in Theoretical Physics he worked in both theoretical and experimental research on polymers, metals and biomaterials. He has a passion for teaching and won a grant as part of Sweden’s Excellence in Teaching Program to enable him to teach in the U.S.A. and facilitate the cross-pollination of pedagogical approaches.

  Dr. Fredriksson

Sustainability Workshop Leader:
Dr. Mauricio Dwek, Education Disivion, Granta Design

Mauricio holds a PhD in industrial engineering from the Grenoble Institute of Technology, where he worked in the eco-design team on the subject of critical materials, recycling networks and circular economy. He also has an MSc in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, during which he did research on the subject of engineering education and assisted in interdisciplinary projects for social development. His technical background is in chemistry and materials sciences, with first degrees completed in chemical engineering at the ENSC Lille in France and in materials engineering at the Polytechnic School of São Paulo in Brazil. At Granta Design, Mauricio is based in Lyon and works with academics and educators in French universities and lycées, as well as universities in Brazil.

  Charlie Bream

CES Selector Workshop Leader:
Dr. Charlie Bream, Granta Design

Charlie is Senior Product Manager for CES Selector at Granta Design. After completing his PhD on recycling of thermoset composites at Brunel University, he spent 14 years in industry working on the development of lightweight materials and structures for British Aerospace (Space Systems), Pera International, and NXT before joining Granta in 2007.

  Charlie Bream

CES Selector Workshop Leader:
Dr. Dandan Zhu, Education Division, Granta Design

Dandan holds a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge, UK, as well as BE and MS degrees in Material Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Her technical background is in compound semiconductors, mainly nitride materials, and she has many years of R&D experience in both academic and industrial environments. Dandan currently supports the Universities in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the Asia-Pacific region.

  Magda Figuerola

CES EduPack Course Presenter and MS&E Workshop Leader:
Dr. Harriet Parnell, Education Divsion, Granta Design

Harriet is an Education Specialist within the Education Division, based in Cambridge. She received her PhD in Materials Science and Materials Engineering from the University of Nottingham, during which time she worked with the Mid-infrared Photonics Group, developing high-purity chalcogenide optical fibres for early cancer diagnosis. Her technical background in biomedical materials science continues to support our bioengineering developments, including a new CES EduPack database based around 50 Medical Devices.

  Jorge Sobral