Keynote Speakers

Professor Geoff Rodgers (Overview of current research developments in the UK against a changing environment)

Professor Geoff Rodgers is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) at Brunel University London. He was appointed to Brunel University in 1989 as a lecturer in Physics, becoming a Reader in Mathematical Physics in 2001 and Professor of Theoretical Physics in 2003. In 2004 he joined the Brunel Graduate School and was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2008. He was promoted to Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2014. In 2016 his remit was extended to include overall responsibility for business partnerships, innovation and research support. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Higher Education Academy. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Havana, Cuba. Between 2010 and 2014 he chaired the Research Excellence Group of London Higher, made up of the PVCs for Research of the universities in London.


Professor Geoffrey F Hewitt (Plenary Abstract tba)

Professor Hewitt is an Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. Professor Hewitt is a recognised authority in a variety of subjects in the general field of chemical engineering but his speciality for several decades now has been in multiphase flow systems, with particular reference to channel flow and heat transfer. He has published many papers and books in this industrially important area and has lectured on the subject widely throughout the world. He has a wide experience of industrial application through extensive consultancy and contract work, his founding and managing of the Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow Service (HTFS) at Harwell and his co-funding of Hexxcell Ltd., an Imperial College spin-out company.Professor Hewitt’s numerous contributions to the field have been recognised by his election to the Royal Academy of Engineering (1985), the Royal Society (1990), and the US National Academy of Engineering (1998) in addition to several international awards including Donald Q. Kern Award by AIChE (1981), Max Jakob Award by ASME (1995), Luikov Medal by ICHMT (1997). In 2007 he was presented the Global Energy Prize at the World Economic Forum.


Professor Dr-Ing Peter Stephan (Keynote Abstract)

Peter Stephan is a mechanical engineer. After finishing his PhD in thermal sciences he spend several years in R&D in industry before he became a full professor at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. There, he is heading the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics and the interdisciplinary Research Cluster Thermo-Fluids & Interfaces. His research interests are boiling and evaporation, spray and film cooling, microscale heat transfer, and thermal system analysis. He published more than 250 papers in journals and on peer reviewed conferences and is author of 4 text books. He received several research awards, e.g. the Outstanding Researcher Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2008 and the Nukiyama Memorial Award from the Heat Transfer Society of Japan in 2012. He is member of editorial boards of 4 international journals and since 2006 the president of the Heat & Mass Transfer Committee of the German Engineering Association VDI.


Mr Martin Gough (Keynote Abstract)


Martin Gough is founder and Managing Director of Cal Gavin Limited which was formed in 1980 to carry out research in the field of enhanced heat transfer and fouling reduction. The company provides engineering design and specialist technical solutions to improve exchanger performance. Martin travels widely to support this UK business which exports more than 95% of its products and services.Martin is a strong believer in collaboration with universities and research establishments to improve and extend knowledge in the field of thermal process enhancement. Martin has authored and co-authored a number of papers in the field and gives technical presentations to engineering teams worldwide. He organises conferences and exhibitions associated with Heat Exchange Engineering. Martin is a past Chairman of the Heat Transfer Society and was a Board Director of HTRI 2004 – 2010.


Professor Harvey Thompson (Keynote Abstract)


Professor Harvey Thompson (HT) FIMechE is Professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds. He has published over 150 papers in the areas of CFD, Heat Transfer and Multi-disciplinary Design Optimisation (MDO) of engineering products and processes and has collaborated with leading companies in the aerospace, automotive, electronics and food sectors. His recent research in heat transfer has focussed on the design optimisation of air and liquid cooling systems in electronics (with Airedale and Iceotope) and in aero-engines (with Rolls Royce). His collaborative research with industry has also led to significant non-academic impact. Research with Parker Hannifin on diesel filtration, for example, led to the award of the prestigious Grand Prix and Green Product of the Year prizes at the British Engineering Excellence Awards (