The Lift & Escalator Symposium brings together experts from the field of vertical transportation, offering opportunities for speakers to present peer reviewed papers on the subject of their research. Speakers include industry experts, academics and post graduate students.

Forthcoming Events

Title Location Date
8th Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies Hong Kong, China 15th May 2018
9th Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies Northampton, United Kingdom 19th to 20th September 2018

For details of previous Symposiums including the full written papers and videos please see Resources.

About us

The objective of the The Lift and Escalator Symposium Educational Trust is to advance education in lifts and escalator and related technologies.  The Trust is a Registered Charity No: 1170947 and is supported by The University of Northampton, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and The Lift and Escalator Industry Association (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.

The Lift and Escalator Industry Association (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. 

Management Team

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

Eur-Ing David Cooper, The CIBSE Lifts Group (Charity Trustee)

Mrs Elizabeth Evans, The CIBSE Lifts Group

Professor Stefan Kaczmarczyk, The University of Northampton (Charity Trustee)

Mr Nick Mellor, LEIA / The University of Northampton (Charity Trustee)

Dr Richard Peters, The CIBSE Lifts Group (Charity Trustee)

Dr Rory Smith, The University of Northampton

UK Symposium Organising 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

China Symposium Organising Committee

Eur-Ing David Cooper, The CIBSE Lifts Group

Mrs Elizabeth Evans, The CIBSE Lifts Group

Mr Philip Hofer, Schindler Elevator Ltd, Switzerland

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

Betty Lee, IAEE (HK-China Branch)

Mr Nick Mellor, LEIA / The University of Northampton

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

Mr Ian Smith, Thyssenkrupp Elevator AG Asia Pacific Office

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

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

Stephen Wong, The CIBSE Hong Kong Branch

International Scientific Committee

Professor Xabier Arrasate, Mondragno University, Spain

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

Dr Rosa Basagoiti, University of Mondragón, Spain

Mrs Theresa Christy, Lerch Bates Inc, USA

Dr Lee Gray, UNC Charlotte, USA

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

Mr Philip Hofer, Schindler Elevator Ltd, Switzerland

Professor Ignacio Herrera, University of Extremadura, Spain

Dr Ana-Maria Lorente Lafuente, Aachen University, Germany

Dr Bruce A Powell, Bruce Powell Company, Inc, USA

Dr Gabriela Roivainen, Kone

Mr Adam J Scott, Sweco, UK

Mr Kevin Seaborne, London Underground, UK

Dr Marja-Liisa Siikonen, Kone, Finland

Dr Seiji Watanbe, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Japan

 

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