Organised by InnovationRCA in partnership with the Electronics, Sensors and Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network (ESP KTN) this first RCA Plastic Electronics seminar, held on 14 March 2012 at the RCA was aimed at connecting Royal College of Art designers and artists with plastic electronics and photonics technologists to catalyse collaborations and knowledge exchange.

A new era of electronics is happening; organic and other materials are being used to create electronic devices and circuits with shapes and forms that previously would not have been possible. Instead of traditional printed circuit boards, electronic circuits and chips can now be made by printing or embedding them on paper, plastic or even textiles - so they can be flexible, thinner, lighter, mass-produced, organically safe for disposal and cheaper. This opens the door to a future of incredible possibilities, and the RCA-ESP KTN seminar was a great beginning.

The speakers were:
Mike Banach - Senior Research Manager, Plastic Logic
Peter Batchelor, Electronics, Sensors, Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network (ESP KTN)
Lauren Bowker - RCA Textiles graduate
Professor Tony Dunne, RCA Design Interactions
Alexander Du-Pree and Hannes Harms - RCA Innovation Design Engineering students
Daisy Ginsberg - RCA Design Interactions graduate
Luke Hart - RCA Sculpture student
Eifion Jewell - Senior Technology Fellow, SPECIFIC, Swansea University
Matt Johnson - RCA Innovation Design Engineering graduate & Co-founder, Bare Conductive
Richard Kirk, CEO + Ric Allott , CTO, Polyphotonix
Roland Lamb - RCA Design Products graduate and founder, Sea Labs
Francesca Rosella - Fashion designer, CuteCircuit
Jenny Tillotson - RCA Textiles graduate & Senior Research Fellow, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

We are grateful to The Electronics, Sensors, Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network for its support. ESP KTN represents and provides access to industries, academia and entrepreneurs throughout the UK plastic electronics community.

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