More than 80 scientists and engineers attended the 4th UK-China Steel Research Forum, representing 17 universities and 6 research and industrial companies from both the UK and China. The forum of this year focused on Precise Control for a Bright Future of Steel Industry, which included topics of advanced steels, advanced manufacturing and processing, precise monitoring and controlling, steel metallurgy, characterization, physical chemistry in metallurgy processes, computer simulation of metallurgy processes, multi-scale modeling of structure & properties and environmental protection.

Prof. Pei Zhao, the secretary-general of the Chinese Society for Metals, Prof. Chenguang Bai, the vice president of Chongqing University, and Prof. Hongbiao Dong from University of Leicester addressed at the opening ceremony, respectively.

Prof. Chenguang Bai extended the warm welcome and appreciation to representatives on behalf of Chongqing University firstly and then offered the background and characteristics about Chongqing University to the guests. ‘Chongqing University would strive to organize a successful forum and provide an opportunity to promote development of scientific research in steel industry’, Prof. Chenguang Bai said at the opening ceremony.

UK-CHINA steel research forum aims to provide a platform for scientists, engineers, technologists and industry leaders to discuss and exchange the recent advances in the research of materials science and engineering. It also aims to provide a unique and valuable opportunity for academic institutions and industrial companies to develop joint research projects to foster steel research collaborations between the UK and China. This bi-annual forum will be jointly organized by steel researchers from the UK and China, with support from major steel-making companies, steel research institutions and research funding bodies from the UK and China.

There were 35 high-level presentations during this forum. Prof. Alan Scholes from Materials Processing Institute, Dr. Steve Shi from TWI Ltd, Prof. Hongbiao Dong from University of Leicester, Prof. Hanshan Dong from University of Birmingham, Prof. Shuyan Zhang from STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Dr. Panagiotis Efthymiadis from University of Warwick, Prof. Yanguang Sun from Automation Research and Design Institute of Metallurgical Industry, Prof.Tongmin Wang from Dalian University of Technology, Prof. Lifeng Zhang and Prof. Qing Liu from University of Science and Technology Beijing, Prof. Cong Wang from Northeastern University, Prof. Yunbo Zhong from Shanghai University, Prof. Wanlin Wang from Central South University, and Prof. Wenxin Tang from Chongqing University as the invited speakers presents their latest research results.

The organising committee has agreed that the 5th UK-China Steel Research Forum will be held in 2018 at University of Birmingham.