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As more patents were granted to South-East England than to any other region in 2014 according to the table on page 7 of the IPO's Facts and Figures for 2013 and 2014 it is not surprising that there are a fair number of inventors' clubs in that region. I am aware of at least five: Croydon Round Table of Inventors, Kent Inventors Forum, Kingston Round Table of Inventors, Rural Inventors Club and the Wessex Round Table of Inventors.
The last of those clubs is probably the one that is best known to inventors around the country because of its impressive collection of links to inventors' resources and other inventors clubs and national inventors' associations. The Round Table meets on the second Wednesday of every month between 18:00 and 21:30 in Room HC019 of the Herbert Collins Building at Southampton Solent University. The first two meetings of the new year will take place on 16 Jan and 10 Feb and the first speakers will be Iain Thomas of Southampton Solent University who will talk about ‘A Hierarchy of Composites’ giving an overview of different kinds of composite materials and Clare Wright and Richard Poate of TÜV SÜD Product Ser, vice who will outline some techniques for environmental testing of products (see the Forthcoming Events page).
Looking around the site, the Round Table seems to have entertained some impressive presentations in the past, they present annual technology innovation awards and the members seem to have generated a substantial portfolio of inventions. Membership is free for students and £30 per year for everyone else (see Joining the WRTI).