MaDE Associate Membership

Academic, research and industry organisations are invited to apply for membership of the MaDE Associate programme.

Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) challenges material scientists to consider applications and provides designers with material options, thus turning ideas and technologies into products the market wants. It is led by a network of Partner Organisations , including the Crafts Council, the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, Knowledge Transfer Network, the Royal College of Art and University College London.

MaDE activities include innovation workshops, competitions and knowledge sharing events – from the role of materials & design in the circular economy to advances in smart materials and additive manufacture. We work across all sectors where materials play a role – from healthcare to transport and sport.

Current Associate Members

bio-bean is the UK’s largest recycler of coffee grounds, working with major brands to transform coffee waste into valuable products at an industrial scale.

Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England
CFPR’s mission is to innovate, contemplate and understand all aspects of print history, practice, manufacturing and materials – from developing 3D printable ceramic materials to disruptive printing technologies, developing new inks and collaborating with international artists.

Tech Absorbents
Tech Absorbents are developers and manufacturers of absorbent textiles for use in sectors from Healthcare (medical and hygiene) to Industrial (filtration and cable), Food (packaging) and Environmental (horticulture).

We now invite other organisations to join MaDE as Associate Members.

This wider circle of membership has been specially created for leading industry, academia and research organisations who share our ambition to accelerate collaboration between the materials and design communities, and who wish to benefit from a deeper engagement with MaDE but without executive responsibilities.

Benefits of Associate Membership

Associate Member organisations will enjoy privileged access to the MaDE community of materials scientists, designers and makers by means of:

  • An individual briefing for senior staff to map a plan for future MaDE assistance and networking introductions
  • An in-person or virtual introduction for senior staff to the MaDE Board and its Advisors
  • The opportunity for senior staff to meet the MaDE Board and other Associate Members at a specially themed and located annual networking event
  • A 20% discount on provision of a customised MaDE Whitewater innovation event
  • Advance notice of relevant MaDE papers or events
  • A company or organisation profile and link on the MaDE Associate website page
  • Other promotion by arrangement

Staff benefits

In addition, MaDE Associate membership provides unique opportunities for staff to showcase project work, build professional profiles and extend their networks including:

  • A guided tour of the Royal College of Art Summer Degree Show and/or Crafts Council Gallery
  • A total of five complimentary tickets over each two year membership period for selected MaDE Network events
  • A total of three tickets at Member rates over each two year membership period for selected technical conferences organised by MaDE Partners 
  • Invitations to speak at selected MaDE events, judge innovation challenges, or mentor young scientists and designers

Terms and conditions of membership

  • Associate Membership is open to UK based organisations only (not individuals), and is subject to approval by the MaDE Board
  • Notice of acceptance or otherwise will be made within 6 weeks of application receipt
  • The cost of membership is £450 + VAT per two-year period, payable in full before membership starts
  • Membership may be renewed by written application received not less than three months before expiry of current membership
  • Associate Members are expected to promote their membership of MaDE on their respective websites

Further information

To learn more about MaDE Associate Membership please contact or apply now using the form below.