On 7th November, 45 industry experts from 30 organisations attended a UKNEST (UK Naval Engineering Science and Technology) S&T conference to discuss the enablers and barriers to advancing technology within Naval defence.
The conference followed publication of UKNEST S&T paper “Future Royal Navy Warships: Delaminating Capability and Systems” which highlighted a vision for the development of the UK’s future naval capability. The paper presented several short, medium and long-term recommendations to implement.
Adam Rees-Leonard (Chair of UKNEST Science & Technology & Mott MacDonald Defence – Projects Director) said “I’m honoured to have chaired this exciting and informative event with organisations attending from across UK. Best practice discussed will improve and enhance naval delivery. UKNEST S&T look forward to further supporting MOD transformation in 2020 through MOD/ Industry collaboration.”
The conference provided an excellent opportunity to compare defence and non-defence best practice in rapidly exploiting technological advancements. Several practical actions were identified that we will look to apply within the naval sector.
We are grateful for the support of the UKNEST early career engineers & scientists (FutureNEST), defence and non-defence organisations involved. Due to the success of the conference a follow up is planned for Spring 2020.
The United Kingdom Naval Engineering Science & Technology (UKNEST) Forum seeks to sustain and develop our world-class intellectual base. It is the Forum for the UK’s professional Naval sector community that addresses issues of common concern, fostering specific development needs and giving a focal point for interaction with, and influencing, the wider Government and Industrial Maritime community.
The current members are:
- Atlas Elektronik UK
- Babcock International Group
- BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships, Submarines and Marine Services
- BMT Defence Services
- Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
- GE Power
- Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology (IMarEST)
- L3 MAPPS
- Lloyd’s Register
- Lockheed Martin UK
- Ministry of Defence – Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S)
- Rolls Royce
- Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)
- Royal Navy (RN)
- Saab Defence & Security
- Systems Engineering & Assessment (SEA)
- Thales UK
Further details can be obtained on the website (www.uknest.org) or by contacting the UKNEST Executive Coordinator Dr Ben Dobson (+44 7747697905, )