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.

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:

  • Individual briefing with MaDE Partner the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) to map a plan for customised MaDE assistance and networking introductions at the commencement of membership
  • Discounted costs (20%) throughout the membership period for the provision of an Associate-specific MaDE Whitewater innovation event
  • Access to the Associate-only area on the MaDE website
  • Advance notice of MaDE Whitewater Papers and other publications or events
  • Banner advert and profile page on the MaDE website 
  • Connection to all MaDE social media feeds
  • Other promotion by arrangement

Staff benefits

In addition, MaDE Associate membership provides unique opportunities for accredited staff to extend their professional reputations including:

  • Complimentary access for up to five staff at all MaDE network events during the membership period
  • Guided tour of the Royal College of Art Degree Show with the MaDE Partners and Advisors
  • Member rates for three staff at one or more technical conferences organised by MaDE Partners 
  • Advance invitations for nominated staff to participate in panel discussions, innovation challenge judging and mentoring of 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 Partnership 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 against invoice in advance
  • 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 and a template will be provided to enable this

Further information

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