15-16 March 2011

ILAS 2011 - The UK's biannual Industrial Laser Applications Symposium (ILAS)

  • Location: The Centre, Birchwood Park, Warrington, WA3 6YN, UK
  • Attendees: All welcome







A personal invitation

The first ILAS, a two day event held in early July 2009, proved a great success. Intended for all who share an interest in laser use in manufacturing, it attracted over 110 delegates.

ILAS is primarily a technology dissemination activity centred on the UK laser community of researchers and end-users. Extended abstracts of papers selected for presentation will be made available to all and delegates will be provided with a password for downloading copies of key slides. There are no conference proceedings but presenters are encouraged to submit papers for publication in AILU’s magazine ‘The Laser User’.

This symposium provides an ideal opportunity to find out about what’s happening and who’s who in the UK laser materials processing community. And for those who are new to industrial laser technology and applications, or who have specific questions, the AILU officers will be at hand throughout the event to provide assistance.

Paul Hilton AILU President

Download a ILAS2011 Flyer

Download a ILAS2011 Flyer (printable)

Download a ILAS2011 Registration Form

Objective of ILAS

To be the premier event for the UK laser community of researchers in laser material processing and laser users in manufacturing, to disseminate technology and explore opportunities.


  • To present current laser-related materials processing technologies and applications to UK manufacturers.
  • To showcase UK laser materials processing activities.
  • To provide an opportunity for the laser materials processing research community to come together to identify opportunities from recent developments.
  • To transfer technology from the research community to laser users and current non-users in the manufacturing sector.


Presentations will address laser equipment and laser materials processing industry applications from macro to fine scale. Topic areas include:

  • Processes: including cutting, drilling and surface processing (including marking and texturing), joining (including welding, brazing and soldering) and additive manufacture.
  • New 21st century applications in areas such as transport, energy generation and supply, healthcare, bioscience and high value manufacturing.
  • Equipment: new laser sources, beam modification, measurement & monitoring and delivery, and integration in machines.
  • Case studies and reviews: government funded projects, collaborative research projects, strategic planning.

The presentations will be a mix of research and practical papers at all levels of specialisation, from the newcomer to the experienced researcher.

Who should attend?

  • Senior managers, engineers and designers from manufacturing industry
  • UK researchers in academia and industry
  • Those new to lasers and laser materials processing as well as experienced practitioners

An opportunity

One of the key features of an AILU event is the opportunity it provides for networking and for discussing technical matters: a comfortable environment, generous lunch and refreshment breaks, an exhibition and help at hand to answer questions.


The full current programme can be downloaded here

(key to area colour scheme: Garden Restaurant, Lecture Theatre, Astley Room)

15th March

08:30 - 09:30 Registration and exhibition
09:30 - 10:30 Plenary Session (1)
10:30 - 11:00 Refreshments and exhibition
11:00 - 13:20 Sources and systems
11:00 - 13:20 Beam Manipulation
13:20 - 14:20 Lunch and exhibition
14:20 - 16:10 Additive manufacturing (1)
14:20 - 16:10 Cutting and Drilling (1)
16:10 - 16:40 Refreshments
16:40 - 17:40 Additive manufacturing (2)
16:40 - 18:00 Cutting and Drilling (2)


18:10 - 18:40 Presentation of the AILU Award and the Young Laser Engineer’s Prize.
18:40 - 19:10 The AILU AGM 20:00

Conference meal in the Garden Restaurant

16th March

08:30 - 09:15 Registration and exhibition
09:15 - 10:00 Plenary Session (2)
10:00 - 10:30 Refreshments and exhibition
10:30 - 13:00 Micro-joining
10:30 - 13:00 Surface modification (1)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and exhibition
14:00 - 15:30 Macro-welding (1)
14:00 - 15:20 Surface modification (2)
15:20- 15:50 Refreshments and exhibition
15:50 - 17:30 Macro-welding (2)
15:50 - 17:30 Surface modification (3)
17:30 Departures


Birchwood Park is in Warrington, about 10 miles from Manchester and 15 miles from Liverpool. The symposium takes place in The Centre, which provides the main restaurant and conference facility for the Park.

Click here for map of the Birchwood Park site showing the location of The Centre and the other main buildings in the Park.

Address: The Centre, Birchwood Park, Warrington WA3 6YN (T: 01925 282 940)

The registration desk, exhibition area, refreshment and lunch breaks are all located in a screened off area of The Centre's Garden Restaurant. The body of technical papers will be presented in parallel, in the tiered lecture theatre and in one of the larger meeting rooms, the Astley, which is close by.

The building layout makes it easy for delegates to move between the presentation and the refreshment/exhibition areas. A lake walk, terrace and a coffee bar, all adjacent to the Garden Restaurant, are ideal for delegates wishing to meet outside of the programme schedule.


What is included in the cost?

Delegates have full access to all technical presentations. They will receive a name badge and a pack including a list of delegates and extended abstracts for the presentations. A password will also be provided through which key slides of presentations can be downloaded after the event. The cost also includes a buffet lunch together with refreshment breaks throughout the day.

Download a ILAS2011 Registration Form


Concessions are given to retired and unemployed persons and special rates apply for students. AILU members receive a 15% discount. Delegates who are not members but who join the Association within 10 weeks of the event will be reimbursed the difference between the member and non-member registration fee as a discount on their first year’s corporate membership subscription.

Registration as an exhibitor

To book an exhibition space or table complete the registration form on the flyer or contact the AILU office (E:; T: +44 (0)1235 539595). Spaces are limited so early booking is recommended. Power is provided but not back boards.

Additional events

Symposium dinner

An informal evening meal will take place on the evening of 15 March in the Garden Restaurant for symposium delegates and exhibitors, and their partners.

Presentations of the AILU Award and Young UK Engineer’s Prize

The presentation of the AILU Award and UK Young Laser Engineer’s Prize for 2011 will take place on 15 March in the Lecture Theatre at the closure of the afternoon technical session. To find out more, visit the AILU site and take the links to ‘Awards and Prizes’.


The Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place on 15 March in the Lecture Theatre after the presentations of awards. All symposium delegates are invited to attend this short meeting and learn about AILU activities over the last year.


By road:

Birchwood Park is within a mile or so of the junction of the M62 and M6 motorways and therefore very easily accessible by road. See map showing the local road network and nearby railway stations. Click here for more details. There is plenty of free parking adjacent to The Centre and a low cost pay and display car park across the road.

By rail:

Birchwood station is on the Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Piccadilly Line and is only 1 mile from The Centre.

By air:

Marchester and Liverpool are both served by international airports.


The closest hotel (400 m from The Centre) is the Ramada Encore, Birchwood Park, Aston Road, Warrington WA3 6ZN T: +44 (0)1925 847 050 (discounted rooms may be available -  contact T: 0844 8013690 and quote discount event number: 18775) 

There are other hotels within and nearby to Birchwood Park. A full list can be found here.

Help for Presentors

Help for ILAS2011 presenters to upload a presentation prior to the meeting

AILU reserves the right to alter the programme or cancel the meeting at short notice and accepts no responsibility for the views expressed by the speakers or delegates.


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