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Key industries across the globe are being invited to take part in a major event examining how merging traditional scientific, technology and engineering sectors with the arts can boost business innovation and economic growth.


Birmingham City University will host the STEAM Conference on 13 July 2021 with the aim of bringing together business leaders, technicians, artists and academics from around the world to learn new approaches to business or research.


The event will include demonstrations, talks and workshops with internationally renowned practitioners and innovators including Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman of the Hero Enterprise, Nadav Hochman, The Associate Director of Gray Area Foundation, Liliane Wong, Head of Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design, and more.


Among innovative approaches to connecting the arts with the traditional technical subjects, the conference will showcase projects including:


  • The use of LEGO construction kits in a business education context by designing ice-breaking teamwork activities for both undergraduate and masters’ students.
  • A 3D-printed violin bow equipped with sensors to enhance teaching and performance for musicians.


Birmingham City University is known for its role in promoting the value and impact of STEAM-thinking, which places the arts at the centre of traditional subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.


The University’s STEAMhouse project provides a space for collaboration on new projects and ideas, and the second phase is set to open in a rejuvenated historic building in Birmingham’s Eastside, which had previously stood derelict.


The project has also enjoyed international partnership with the Hero Group to launch a STEAMhouse base in India.


Professor Julian Beer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University, said: “As economies start to recover from the impact of the pandemic, innovation and creativity will need to be at the forefront of this process.


“STEAM thinking has an important role to play in driving forwards new ideas and new businesses that will create jobs, boost the economy and change the way we live and work.


“By bringing together people from across the globe in a range of disciplines to explore ideas, this conference will provide a platform for artists, innovators and researchers to learn, communicate and collaborate.”


Booking for the Conference is now open and researchers, teachers, innovators, industry representatives, artists and scientists are invited to register for the event.

Book your place here.