Published Wednesday 5th October 2011                                                            

Over 50 international experts from the field of vertical transportation gathered at the University's Avenue Campus on Thursday 29 September for a Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies.
The event was an opportunity for international lift professionals, postgraduate students and MSc/PhD graduates to present papers on their research projects and share knowledge within this £ multi-billion sector.
The Lift Engineering programme offered at The University of Northampton includes postgraduate courses at MSc, MPhil and PhD levels. Teaching and research studies the advanced principles and philosophy underlying lift and escalator technologies for students employed in lift making and allied industries. 
The Symposium, organised jointly by the Lift Engineering section of the University's School of Science and Technology, and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Lift Group, featured lectures and presentations on topics such as lift safety, lift vibration and thae application of the Monte Carlo method to lift traffic analysis. 
Invited speakers included Dr Lufti Al-Sharif from Al-Sharif VTC Ltd, Phil Andrew formerly from Express Lift Company Ltd, Dr Gina Barney from Gina Barney Associates, Adam Scott from Grontmij and Rory Smith from ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation. 
The CIBSE Lifts Group awarded a £500 prize for the best student presentation. This was awarded to Peter Feldhusen, who spoke about the dependencies between a novel belt-type suspension and transmission system and the lift system and its components. Elevator World, the leading international trade magazine, funded two copies of Systems Engineering of Elevators, a new book covering the main aspects of lift engineering, as additional prizes. 
Professor Stefan Kaczmarczyk, Chair of the Postgraduate Field of Lift Engineering , Department of Engineering, School of Science and Technology, The University of Northampton, commented:
"Lifts and escalators are inseparable parts of office and residential buildings. They are used every day and are an absolute necessity for aged and disabled persons.However, as far as the mechanical and electrical principles of operation are concerned, people often don't think about the mechanics of how they work, the complexities and research that go into their design and installation. Safety and reliability are key issues. 
The technical papers presented at this symposium reflect the latest trends and developments in these areas and gave the delegates an opportunity to discuss the current state of research and professional practice in the field of vertical transportation".
Professor Stefan Kaczmarczyk
Dr Richard Peters of The CIBSE Lifts Group and Managing Director of Peters Research Ltd commented: 
"The CIBSE Lifts Group are keen to support the Lift Engineering section of Northampton University. Part of that support is to help enable an accessible, peer reviewed event for the students and industry professionals to present their work. Hence this week's joint Symposium in Northampton, which we expect will now become an annual event".
Dr Richard Peters
The Symposium was held as part of the 2011/12 Inaugural Lift Engineering School at The University of Northampton. The event was supported by the Lift and Escalator Industry Association and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.