CES EduPack Workshop, hosted by Loughborough University Design School

Advancing the teaching of Mechanical Engineering, Industrial
and Product Design


Loughborough University Design School, UK


Wednesday, January 17 - Thursday, January 18, 2018

Early bird:

Friday, December 1

Workshop Package:

One or two-day hands-on course

A case study paper

Course notes

One-month access to all CES EduPack databases and editions

Join this workshop for inspirational ideas and teaching resources that will help you to engage students in learning about materials and their use in engineering and design applications.

See universities previously attending this workshop >

Originating from Professor Mike Ashby's work at Cambridge University CES EduPack enhances the teaching of materials at all levels of university education across Engineering, Science and Design. CES EduPack is used by over 1000 across the globe, including previous workshop host universities such as Sheffield University and Imperial College London. It's also used by leading universities across Europe from TU Delft in the Netherlands, University of Manchester in the UK, Chalmers in Sweden.

Dr Dean "The interactive sessions were well put together, run by helpful and friendly staff. These helped me and my colleagues get to grips with the software at both a basic level and then onto a more advanced level by the end of the 2nd day. This has not only helped in my understanding of what is possible but given me ideas of how to change my assessments and teaching to get the most out of it for both myself and our students. This session is great for those that lack confidence in the software and want to be able to teach with it." 
Dr Julian Dean, Lecturer in Material Science, University of Sheffield

WorkshopWhether you already use CES EduPack in your teaching, or have heard about the resources and would like to know more, take a trip to Leicestershire and participate in our workshop to discover CES EduPack and contribute to its future development. From simple examples to engage introductory materials and engineering students, to applied design projects using visual, interactive and systematic material selection methodology, the interactive sessions will inspire your teaching.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Claes Fredriksson, Magda Figuerola and Dr. Pippa Newby from Granta Design. You are sure to leave Loughborough enlightened and entertained!

Universities previously attending CES EduPack workshops in Europe


| Han University of Applied Sciences | IUT Lyon | Jönköping University | TU Delft | Nottingham Trent University | Karlstad University | Universität Paderborn | Université d'Artois | Université de Liège | KU Leuven | Linköping | ENSAM ParisTech | De Haagse Hogeschool | KEA, Copenhagen School of Design and Technology | Shrewsbury College | Northumbria University | University of Brighton | Universidad Politécnica de Madrid | University of Wolverhampton | Universidad Rey Juan Carlos | Universidad de Salamanca | Universidade Nova de Lisboa | Bergische Universität Wuppertal | Karlsruhe |

Course Content

Day One: Introducing Materials Selection and the Environment

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time Topic
09:00 Registration & refreshments
10:00 Course opens - Welcome, Introductions, Granta's Education Hub and Agenda Review
10:15 Getting started with CES EduPack
Learn how to engage students using our interactive, visual software, with access to reliable materials data including hands-on exercises.
11:30 Materials Selection: translation, screening, ranking
Discover the basics of systematic materials selection methodology, teaching transferable skills to your students. Including hands-on exercises.
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Objectives in Conflict and Advanced Industrial Case Study
Delve deeper into material selection methodology by examining an advance industrial case study.
14:30 Eco-Design and the Eco Audit Tool: introducing students to life-cycle thinking
Examine Eco Design and Life-cycle thinking to support material selection from greener products.
15:15 Coffee & Refreshments
15:45 Knowledge and Ideas Exchange for Educators (Discussion)
Discussion of ideas of how to teach materials related topics
16:15 Advanced Teaching and Future Developments
Lightening tour of the advanced teaching data and tools, as well as a sneak peak of the future developments that are being worked on.
16:45 Wrap up and Discussion. Course Evaluation.
17:00 Close

Day Two: Materials Selection Resources for Designers

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time Topic
09:30 Registration & refreshments
10:00 Course opens - Welcome, Summary of Day 1 and Agenda Review
10:15 Product Design Workshop
Exploring material selection. Including hands-on exercises
12:30 Lunch
13:30 ENDURE Project Workshop Part 1
(Dr Debra Lilley, Loughborough University and Dr Ben Bridgens, Newcastle University)
Workshop exploring the work conducted during the ENDURE project - looking at material specification resources to increase designers' knowledge and literacy of how materials change with use and environmental exposure, and how people respond to those changes. In this session, we will present prototype resources, and seek your feedback to enable further developments of these resources.
15:00 Coffee and Refreshments
15:30 ENDURE Project Workshop Part 2
(Dr Debra Lilley, Loughborough University and Dr Ben Bridgens, Newcastle University)
16:30 Wrap up and discussion
17:00 Close

Learn more about the ENDURE project >

About the presenters

Dr. Claes Fredriksson, Senior Materials Education Consultant, Granta Design
Claes has more than 15 years’ experience teaching Materials-related subjects to undergraduate and post graduate students in Sweden, Canada, Belgium and the U.S.A, mainly in Mechanical Engineering. After gaining an MSc in Engineering Physics and PhD in Theoretical Physics he worked in both theoretical and experimental research on polymers, metals and biomaterials. He has a passion for teaching and won a grant as part of Sweden’s Excellence in Teaching Programme to enable him to teach in the U.S.A. and facilitate the cross-pollination of pedagogical approaches. 

Claes works with academics across the world, collaborating on producing teaching resources and running CES EduPack training.

  Dr. Claes Fredriksson
Magda Figuerola, Senior Materials and Design Specialist, Granta Design
Magda is our Senior Materials and Design Specialist in the Education Products Developments Team at Granta Design. She holds a MSc in UX (User Experience), a BEng Industrial Design Engineering, a MSc in Materials Engineering and a MEng in Project Development for Product Engineering. Her work industrial experience in diverse range of Engineering and Design renown companies with her educational background, gives valuable insights into the technical aspects of design. 

  Magda Figuerola
Dr Debra Lilley, Senior Lecturer in Design, Loughborough University
Debra has extensive knowledge and experience of applying user-centred sustainable design methods and tools to generate behavioural insights to drive design development of less-resource intensive products. Her current research focuses on sustainable design for behaviour change and the role of material change in transitioning to the circular economy.
  Dr. Debra Lilley
Dr Ben Bridgens, Lecturer in Structural Engineering, Newcastle University
Ben’s diverse research links expertise in material testing and characterisation, material 'ageing', responsive materials & lightweight tensile structures, and a desire to achieve truly sustainable solutions through multidisciplinary collaboration. He works closely with designers to explore the role of material change in design and product longevity.
  Dr. Ben Bridgens


Loughborough University
Loughborough Design School
LE11 3TU
United Kingdom

Directions >

The Kinch Sprint Bus runs frequently from the train station to the campus. More information >

ADT is the recommended local taxi firm. You can pre-book a taxi by calling 01509 260000


The Granta team will be staying at the Burleigh Court Hotel. There are additional hotels in the area, the closest are listed below.
Please note, it's very busy during this period, and early booking is advised.

Burleigh Court Hotel
Ashby Road
Loughborough University
LE11 3GR
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The Link Hotel
Ashby Road
LE11 4EX
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University Lodge (university accommodation)
University Road
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU
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Alternative nearby accommodation is available. Please check on a hotel booking website.



Early Bird Rate (before Dec 1)

Normal Rate (after Dec 1)

One day (Wednesday or Thursday)



Two days (Wednesday and Thursday)



Registration includes the workshop package, lunch and refreshments.

Discounted Registration for Groups

Please contact Abbie Fung (Event Manager) for group discount registration. To qualify:

  • All attendees must be from the same university.
  • Group size must be of three (3) or more.
  • All attendees must register at the same time.
  • Full payment must be received at the time of registration.