Charles Parsons' concepts and designs have been instrumental in developing turbo-machinery for the mass generation of electricity and propulsion. His legacy has been honoured through the series of Parsons conferences focused on the developments in materials for steam and gas turbines, and this series is set to continue in September 2019. The 2019 conference will focus on the challenge of turbines operating under novel conditions, looking the interactions between environmental degradation mechanisms and mechanical interactions, in both gas and steam turbine applications.

Global energy markets are changing as ever larger quantities are renewables are brought online, with knock-on consequences including increased cycling, demands for more rapid response and requirements for part-loading for gas and steam power generation systems. At the same time, the drive to increase plant efficiency has led to interest in higher temperature operation, while alternative fuel supplied produce challenges in the form of alternative high temperature degradation mechanisms; new, adherent deposits; and fuel supply issues. In marine and aerospace applications, gas turbines have always had more aggressive thermal cycles and are currently facing a drive to increase efficiency and cut emissions to promote sustainable travel. In parallel, interest is increasing in novel power generation cycles operating with alternative working fluids.

Significant effort is therefore being made to understand how materials will respond to new combinations of stress and environment for existing technology and for new designs with unconventional aggressive environments from alternative combustion systems and fuels. Steam and gas turbines will be required to generate power for many years to come, but with improved design, operation and maintenance the environmental impact can be minimised.


Specific topics within the scope of the conference include design, materials performance, advanced and novel manufacturing methods, and operation of both steam and gas turbine power plant, together with issues related to increased operational and fuel flexibility and potential new power generation cycles.

Call for papers - abstract deadline 30 April 2019

The conference will offer a mix of keynote papers presented by internationally renowned experts and presentations chosen from peer-reviewed abstracts.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts should contain enough information for the technical committee to judge the paper and the main results and be submitted online by the deadline.

Abstract Deadline: 30 April 2019
Abstract Length: up to 300 words
Authors will be notified of acceptance or otherwise by 31 May 2019.
All papers and presentations will be in English and a condition of acceptance is that at least one author from each paper will pay to attend the conference and present the work.


Full papers for this conference can be considered for publication in a special issue of Materials Science and Technology. Full details on format and submission will be issued Spring 2019.

Speaker Registration

A condition of acceptance will be that at least one author from each paper will attend the conference and present the work. Authors will be required to register and pay the registration fee by no later than 30 June 2019, otherwise the paper may be removed from the proceedings.

Online Abstract Submission

IOM3 Young persons lecture competition

There will be a conference session dedicated to Young Persons and speakers will be judged as a regional heat of the 2019/20 IOM3 Young Persons Lecture Competition, with the winner progressing to the national final.

Participants must not be 28 or over on 1 June 2019 and presentations on any materials, minerals, mining, clay, wood and packaging science and engineering related topic will be considered.

Applications should be made using the official competition entry form. Full details of the competition are available on the website and supporting documents can be downloaded here.

Registration - early bird registration fees available until 30 June 2019

IOM3 members benefit from discounted registration fees for this event. IOM3 membership fees start from £55 for students and £68 for Affiliates.

If you wish to join IOM3 prior to registering for this event and benefit from reduced registration fees, visit the IOM3 website for details of how to join online.

Early Bird Fees (available until 30 June 2019)

Members of IOM3 £550 + VAT
Members of FEMS Societies (discount code available via FEMS Website) £550 + VAT
Non-members £650 + VAT
Students/Unemployed members of IOM3 & FEMS £250 + VAT
Students/Unemployed non-member £300 + VAT

Standard Fees (chargeable from 1 July 2019)

Members of IOM3 £650 + VAT
Members of FEMS Societies (discount code available via FEMS Website) £650 + VAT
Non-members £750 + VAT
Students/Unemployed members of IOM3 & FEMS £350 + VAT
Students/Unemployed non-member £400 + VAT

Completion of the online registration form constitutes a confirmed booking and as acceptance of the terms and conditions of registration and cancellation (detailed below). Please ensure you have read and understood these terms before making your registration.

Online registration will open 28 February 2019

Amend existing registration

Registration fees include:
•attendance at the conference on 16-18 September 2019
•lunch and refreshments as detailed in the programme
•Parsons Lecture drinks reception and buffet on 16 September
•conference dinner on 17 September
•abstract booklet
•presentation files will be circulated to delegates via the conference website after the event, subject to the permission of the author to release.

Terms & Conditions

Submission of an online registration is regarded as a firm booking and acceptance of these terms and conditions


Please note that payment of all conference registration fees must be settled in full prior to attending the conference, otherwise admission may not be granted. Delegates whose fees have not been received by the start of the conference will be required to pay on-site or provide credit card details as guarantee.

Payment can be made by:

Credit card
(Visa, MasterCard, American Express). Our online credit card payments are protected by 3D Secure Protocol. A transaction using a 3D security will redirect to the website of the card issuing bank to authorise the transaction. Each issuer could use any kind of authentication method, but typically a password based system is used.

Bank transfer
The delegate's name and conference code (C1903) must be quoted on the draft. The relevant International Bank Account Number (IBAN) and Bank Identifier Code (BIC) must also be quoted on the draft.

Bank: Santander UK plc
Bank address: 2 Triton Square, Regent's Place, London,NW1 3AN, United Kingdom
Sort code: 09-02-22
Account number: 10650817
Swift code: ABBYGB2L
IBAN: GB10ABBY09022210650817

Drawn in Sterling on a bank in the UK and made payable to IOM Communications Ltd.
Or, in special circumstances and with the prior agreement of the Organisers, by cash on arrival at the conference.

All registration details, including payment details, will be sent via a secure server.


Value Added Tax (VAT) is payable by all delegates whether from UK, Mainland Europe or overseas. The current rate is 20%.

Repayments of VAT to Overseas Traders

If you are in business and visit the UK in the course of that business, you may be entitled to a refund of the VAT you incurred; for example on event expenses as well as accommodation, business entertaining, meals and transport. Full information on eligibility and how to claim is available from HM Revenue & Customs.


Cancellations made between up to and including 31 August 2019 will be refunded 80% of the registration fee (20% charged for administration). Cancellations made from 1 September 2019 onward will be liable for payment of the full registration fee. Cancellations can only be made in writing (email) to Angie Hamilton.

Delegate substitution

Should a delegate be unable to attend, a substitute can be sent. Substitutions can only be made in writing (email) to Angie Hamilton.  Non members attending in place of Members will be charged the difference in fee.

Programme changes

The Organisers reserve the right to make alterations to the programme, date and/or venue at any time without prior notice.


Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time of booking your conference registration, accommodation and travel, you take out an insurance policy of your choice. It is recommended that the policy should include cover for losses caused by your cancellation of your participation, for example loss of registration fees, accommodation fees and travel fares. You should also cover for medical expenses and loss or damage to your personal property.

In the unlikely event that IOM Communications must cancel the event, we will be unable to cover any loss of travel costs and you are advised to insure against this.

IOM Communications Ltd cannot undertake any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance cover.

Sponsorship opportunities

Event Sponsorship – £2,000 + VAT
•Table top exhibition space
•A delegate place at the conference including the conference dinner
•Company logo and sponsor attribution on all promotional material
•Company logo on the Parsons 2019 website with a hyperlink to sponsors site
•A4 4 page flyer in delegate bags (sponsor to provide)
•Advance copy of the conference delegate list
•Company profile in the conference programme
Sponsorship of refreshment breaks throughout the conference – £1,400 + VAT

Sponsorship of the conference dinner – £1,400 + VAT

Sponsorship of the Parsons Lecture drinks reception and buffet – £1,250 + VAT

Sponsorship of delegate bags – £1,250 + VAT

Sponsorship of lanyards – £1,250 + VAT

Insert in the delegate bags (max A4 4 page) – £500 + VAT

For full details contact Kate Harrison on +44 (0)1476 513889

Organising Committee

Joy Sumner Cranfield University
Jon Wells Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery
Nigel Simms Cranfield University
Doug Gass Siemens
Keith Harrison
Scott Lockyer Uniper Plc
Phillipa Reed University of Southampton
Matthew Appleton Rolls Royce Plc
Honorary Committee Member: Geoff Horseman

Location and travel details

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

Who should attend

This conference will promote interaction between industry and academia. There will be a particular emphasis on giving research students and early career researchers an opportunity to show how their work will solve practical industrial problems.