This annual Symposium brings together experts from the field of vertical transportation, offering an opportunity for speakers to present peer reviewed papers on the subject of their research. Speakers include industry experts, academics and post graduate students.

The 7th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technologies will be held at Highgate House, Northampton, UK, 20 to 21 September 2017.


For details of previous Symposiums please see Resources

Organizing Committee

Dr Jonathan Adams, The University of Northampton

Eur-Ing David Cooper, The CIBSE Lifts Group

Mrs Elizabeth Evans, The CIBSE Lifts Group

Professor Stefan Kaczmarczyk, The University of Northampton (Co-Chair)

Mr Nick Mellor, LEIA / The University of Northampton

Dr Richard Peters, The CIBSE Lifts Group (Co-Chair)

Dr Rory Smith, The University of Northampton, U.K.

Scientific Committee

Professor Lutfi Al-Sharif, The University of Jordan, Jordan

Dr Eur-Ing Gina Barney, Gina Barney Associates, U.K

Dr Rosa Basagoiti, University of Mondragón, Spain

Mrs Theresa Christy

Dr K. Ferhat Celik, Blain Hydraulics GmbH, Germany

Dr Lee Gray, UNC Charlotte, USA

Dr Jack Hale, University of Newcastle, U.K.

Professor Ignacio Herrera, University of Extremadura, Spain

Mr Philip Hofer, Schindler Elevator Ltd, Switzerland

Professor Erdem Imrak, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Dr Ana-Maria Lorente Lafuente, Aachen University, Germany

Dr Bruce A Powell

Mr Adam J Scott BEng (Hons) CEng FCIBSE MIMechE

Mr Kevin Seaborne

Dr Marja-Liisa Siikonen, Kone, Finland

Dr Albert So, The Asian Institute of Built Environment, Hong Kong

Dr Seiji Watanbe, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Japan

Professor Weidong Zhu, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA

Professor Xabier Arrasate

About us

The objective of the The Lift and Escalator Symposium Educational Trust to advance education in lifts and escalator and related technologies.  The Trust is supported by The University of Northampton, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and LEIA.

The University of Northampton is situated in the heart of England and offers various subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The Lift Engineering programme includes postgraduate courses at the MSc/ MPhil/ PhD levels that involve a study of the advanced principles and philosophy underlying Lift and Escalator Technologies, and aims to provide a detailed, academic study of engineering and related management issues, for persons employed in lift making and allied industries. At the undergraduate level the Foundation Degree and HNC in Lift Engineering as well as the BTEC Professional Diploma in Engineering (Lift Technology) courses have been introduced.

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is the professional body that exists to support the Science, Art and Practice of building services engineering.  The CIBSE Lifts Group is a specialist forum for members who have an interest in vertical transportation.  The group meets regularly to promote technical standards, training and education, publications and various aspects of the vertical transportation industry. The CIBSE Lifts Group directs the development of CIBSE Guide D: Transportation systems in buildings, the de facto reference on vertical transportation.

LEIA is the UK trade association and advisory body for the lift and escalator industry with a membership covering some 95% of the lift and escalator industry.  LEIA members supply passenger and goods/service lifts, stairlifts, homelifts, lifting platforms, escalators, passenger conveyors and a range of component parts for such products.  LEIA members undertake the maintenance and modernisation of more than 250,000 products falling within the scope of the Association.  LEIA provides advice on health, safety and standards matters, promotes education and training especially through its distinctive distance learning programme so is proud to be a co-organiser of the Symposium.