The International Manufacturing Collaboration Forum (IMCF)


The International Manufacturing Collaboration Forum (IMCF) is returning for its second year and we are inviting up to 10 delegates to visit Sheffield, UK and be involved with this year’s exciting programme.

What is the IMCF?

The IMCF is an exciting opportunity for PhD/EngD and Masters Students from around the world to visit the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield. Delegates will contribute to debate on the state of the art, as well as showcase their own research at the IDC student conference 2020.

Now in its second year, the IMCF hopes to build on the success of last year by increasing both the number of delegates and activities from the previous year.

What will I do there?

Delegates are invited to stay in Sheffield for a period of three nights from Tuesday the 12th to Friday the 15th of May 2020, with food, accommodation and internal UK transport provided.
The IMCF is a great opportunity to visit Sheffield and network with peers in machining science.

The workshop is an opportunity to develop presentation skills in a relaxed setting. There will also be several opportunities to network in informal settings including an outdoor (Sheffield weather permitting) activity on Wednesday the 13th.

Whilst in Sheffield, delegates will be given a tour of the cutting edge research facilities at the ARMC and are invited to contribute to a round table discussion regarding the challenges that currently face machining science research. Delegates will also be invited to attend and present at this year’s IDC annual student conference held on the14th, including the post-conference reception.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for up to 10 current PhD students currently studying in the fields of machining science, machining modelling, machinability, machining dynamics or related fields.

Prospective delegates must have an interest in the field and be willing to make a brief (15 minute) presentation at the IDC Machining science conference, based on their own research.

Strong collaborative skills and willingness to participate in debate are essential.

How do I apply?

Applications can be made via this google form and will open on 20/01/2020 and close on 14/03/20.

As a part of the application process, you will be asked to answer a few brief questions about yourself and your research.

If there are any questions related to this year’s IMCF, please do not hesitate to contact us at

We look forward to hearing from you.