In October 2018 The University of Sheffield hosted the first annual meeting of the project to which we invited members of our Advisory Board, members of our Management Board, all the academic supervisors from the three universities, and all the PDRAs and PhD students who had been appointed. Over forty members of the project were present on the first day to hear about the nature of the research being undertaken in the four work packages and to hear from the Work Package Leaders on progress that has been made in the first twelve months. After the presentations, colleagues from our Dynamics Research Group hosted a tour of their Laboratory for Verification and Validation on the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre site.

We ran a poster competition, with all the PDRAs and PhD students eligible to enter, which we asked the Advisory Board and Management Board members to judge.
The prizes were awarded at a social event in the evening with Jaime Maravi-Nieto winning the first prize for his poster “Multi-Physics Investigation of Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Wind Power Generators.”

On the second day we held meetings of both the Management and Advisory Boards. These were followed by a feedback and discussion session to allow the key project stakeholders to hear the thoughts, recommendations and advice of the Advisory Board as part of their remit to help improve the relevance and efficacy of the research being conducted. We are sincerely grateful for all the contributions from the Advisory Board members and welcome their input and their continuing future involvement in our work. A number of important recommendations have been generated from the event and the Management Board look forward to implementing them in the coming months.

It is the intention to hold the second of these events in, or around, October 2019, to be hosted by the University of Hull.

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