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Tec 66 Conference & Exhibition Comes to Hastings

The stunning new conference facility, the Sussex Exchange Conference Centre, Queensway, Hastings will be host to this Ultra High Vacuum/Vacuum & Photonics Technology event on Monday 16th September 2013.

Hastings and East Sussex have established themselves as a global centre for high technology companies, and Tec 66 will promote the many companies now based in the area, raise awareness of this thriving sector and feature a number of valuable industry expert workshops.

Science television presenters Maggie Philbin and Maggie Aderin-Pocock will both lead sessions for delegates at the Sussex Exchange Conference Centre and for Hastings, Rother and Wealden students at Sussex Coast College to excite young people about careers in Science and Engineering locally.

The Tec 66 Conference follows on from Hastings famous Seafood & Wine Festival weekend on 14th and 15th September 2013. A pre-conference reception will be held for delegates at the Jerwood Gallery at 5.00pm on Sunday 15th September which has been named as one of the ten best examples of architecture in 2012, cementing its position as an emblem of Hastings’ famously world class culture.

The Vacuum business cluster was created as a result of  Hastings local manufacturing company, VG Scienta, based in Castleham Industrial Estate in St Leon­ard’s. They have just celebrated their 50 year anniversary in the de­sign and manufacture of Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) compo­nents and custom systems. A strong local employer of 140 with global supply to research laboratories and industrial part­ners, VG Scienta has remained at the forefront of science sup­plying cutting edge technology for vacuum applications.

The Tec 66 conference celebrates the success of this high technology cluster and will be officially opened by Graham Peters High Sheriff of East Sussex DL who also chaired the SME Commission. Tec 66 will be chaired by Brighton based technology champion Lord Bassam alongside Maggie Philbin (acclaimed presenter of Bang Goes the Theory, Inside Out and Tomorrow’s World for BBC One) and leading space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE who is currently working on the James Webb Space Telescope (the replacement for Hubble)!

Ever since Hastings & Bexhill  based John Logie Baird produced the world’s first television image the town has been synonymous with high technology, innovation and invention and there will be a number of technology workshops run throughout the exhibition.

Businesses may book a stand at the Innovation Centre website and if you are a visitor wanting more information, please go to the Innovation Centre website’s Tec 66 page.