Why 6G? - New date for 2023

The IET's first 6G conference

ITU and 3GPP are yet to define what comes after 5G. It is evident that 6G will contain elements that are a natural extension of 5G and 5G-Advanced and will in some ways build on the business disruptions already being felt today. At the same time, the unique social and environmental demands being placed on future telecoms will accelerate and redirect innovation, technical and business growth across the telecoms supply chain to create some radical results.

None of this happens in a vacuum. Changes in the telecoms sphere overlap with developments in computing, media, semiconductors, infrastructure and more. 

This event will bring you fresh ideas and inspiration on 6G from the leading thinkers in industry, government and academia. You’ll also have the opportunity to network amongst with like-minded peers. 

This first IET 6G conference invites regulators, government representatives, lead industry representatives and researchers worldwide to share their vision and roadmap for the 6G technology. This technical forum also to provide opportunity for all parties to have open technical debate and allows the researchers to showcase their innovative concepts that drives the next generation technologies.

Key learning outcomes include:

1. 6G roadmap and opportunities 

2. 6G research and innovations 

3. 6G vertical industries and applications 

With thanks to the Working Group for putting this conference together:

Dr Kafil Ahmed (Lead)- Senior RF Engineer, Network Rail

Professor Bal Virdee, London Metropolitan University

Professor Maziar Nekovee, University of Sussex

Professor Will Stewart, Chair, IET Digital Communication Group

Professor Tian Hong Loh, Principal Research Scientist, NPL

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, University of Surrey

Dr Qammer H. Abbasi, Reader, University of Glasgow

Dr Dehao Wu, Senior Lecturer, Bournemouth University

  • Research and Innovation
  • Information and Communications
  • Antennas and Propagation
  • Radio-frequency (RF) and Microwave
  • Telecommunications

Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


15 Feb 2023

Add to Calendar 02/15/2023 09:30 02/15/2023 17:00 Why 6G? - New date for 2023 This first IET 6G conference invites regulators, government representatives, lead industry representatives and researchers worldwide to share their vision and roadmap for the 6G technology. Savoy Pl, London WC2R 0BL, UK


RF and Microwave TPN

Registration Information

All prices exclude UK VAT


Member £20.83 

Non-member £29.17 

Student/retired £12.50 

Online only £20.83


Regius Rahim Tafazolli

Regius Rahim Tafazolli

Director of the 6GIC - University of Surrey

Regius Rahim Tafazolli, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, IET, WWRF and Regius Professor of Electronic Engineering, Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications, Founder and Director of 5GIC, 6GIC and ICS (Institute for Communication System) at the University of Surrey.

He has over 30 years of experience in digital communications research and teaching. He has authored and co-authored more than 1000 research publications and is regularly invited to deliver keynote talks and distinguished lectures to international conferences and workshops.

He was an advisor to the Mayor of London (Boris Johnson) on London 2050 Infrastructure.

Professor Muhammed Imran

Professor Muhammed Imran

Dean - University of Glasgow UESTC

Muhammad Ali Imran is serving as Dean University of Glasgow UESTC collaboration and as a Professor of Wireless Communication Systems. He heads the Autonomous Systems and Connectivity Division and the Communications, Sensing and Imaging (CSI) research group at University of Glasgow. He is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, USA; Adjunct Research Professor at Ajman University, UAE and a visiting Professor at 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, UK. He is PI for Scotland 5G Centre’s urban testbed and an advisory board member of UK5G forum.

He has previously served as Associate Editor of IEEE Comms Letters and IET Communications and is currently associate editor for IEEE Transaction for Communications, Wiley Internet Technology Letters and IEEE Access. He is editor-in-chief for IoT and Sensors section of Frontiers in Communications and Networks.

He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh, Fellow of IET, Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, Senior Member IEEE and Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy.

Dr Mike Short CBE

Dr Mike Short CBE

Chief Scientific Adviser - Department for International Trade (DIT)

Dr Mike Short CBE, after 30 years in telecommunications with Telefonica, joined the Department for International Trade (DIT) as the Department’s first Chief Scientific Adviser in December 2017.

Mike leads the Science and Engineering profession in the Department and ensures its policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice. He advises DIT on the technical aspects of international trade deals, supports inward investment and engineering collaboration, and works with the UK’s research, innovation and academic communities to boost scientific and engineering exports.

Mike has over 40 years’ experience in electronics and telecommunications and served as Vice President of Telefonica, the parent company of the O2 mobile phone network, for 17 years to December 2016. In this post, he managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technologies in the UK, established an office in Brussels, and went on to lead international research, innovation and standards for Telefonica Europe.

Mike’s career includes the promotion of international technical standards in mobile and digital technology.  He is a former Chairman of the Global GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association, and was President of the IET in 2011/2012.

He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Surrey, Coventry, Leeds and Salford. He has led the development and collaborations in areas such as smart cities, digital healthcare, cybersecurity and driverless vehicles.

He was honoured with a CBE in 2012 for his services to the mobile industry.

Professor Maziar Nekovee

Professor Maziar Nekovee

Managing Director - 6G Lab

Maziar Nekovee is Managing Director of 6G Lab and Dean of the AI Institute at University of Sussex UK where he develops disruptive RAN and AI technologies for next generation mobile communication systems. He is co-PI of the UKRI/EPSRC Network Plus consortium "A Green, Connected and Prosperous Britain" Prior to joining the University of Sussex in 2017, as a Professor and Head of Department of Engineering, he was from 2013-2017 with Samsung R&D UK (SRUK),  where he led Samsung's overall European research and collaborations in 5G as well as working closely with the standards teams and Network Business , hence going through the entire journey to 5G, from pre-standards research and trials, to 3GPP standardisation and products.  

Prior to that he was from 2001-2013 a Group Leader and Senior Scientist at BT Research. Prof Nekovee is Chair of Network Europe Technology Platform in Communication Networks and Services (WG Verticals), full academic member of 6G Infrastructure Association (6GIA), ETSI ISG RIS and ETSI ISG NFV, and is a Committee Member of the IET RF And Microwave TPN.

Maziar is the author of 150+ highly cited papers, has authored a bestselling book and has 15 patents. He obtained his PhD in Physics in 1995 and his MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (cum laude) in 1990, both in the Netherlands.  

Glenn Goodall

Glenn Goodall

Head of ICT Research - EPSRC

Glenn is responsible for leading the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) research theme at EPSRC. The team covers a diverse range of research areas, including everything from future communication systems to next-generation computing, low-power design in semiconductors and the interface of psychophysics and ICT, as well as the underpinning discover science that supports AI and Quantum technology.

Glenn has had several roles within EPSRC in his eight years there. Originally a polymer chemist, Glenn started at EPSRC in the Energy team, he then moved to the Governance team and then to Head of Economic Impact.

Glenn has been the Head of ICT Research Portfolio since December 2021.

Professor Ben Allen

Professor Ben Allen

Director of Communication Systems Engineering - OneWeb

Professor Ben Allen is Director of Communication Systems Engineering with OneWeb and Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey.

His career has spanned academia and industry, including as a Royal Society Industry Fellow with the University of Oxford and Network Rail. He has led numerous R&D activities relating to communications engineering, several of which exhibited state-of-the-art advances.

Over the years he has published numerous papers and several books on radio and telecommunications research developments.

He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, Institute of Telecommunications Professionals, and the Higher Education Academy. 

Adrian Scrase

Adrian Scrase


Adrian Scrase played a central role in the creation of the “3rd Generation Partnership Project” (3GPP) and is responsible for the operations of the 3GPP Project Co-ordination Group. He heads 3GPPs’ Mobile Competence Centre (MCC) which is an International team of 20 experts who provide comprehensive support to the Project. 

He was also principally involved in the formation of the “oneM2M” Partnership Project and oversees ETSI’s support to that initiative.

He is CTO within ETSI with operational responsibility for all ETSI’s standards production activities.  He has more than 40 years’ experience in the telecommunications field, which includes 34 years of experience in standardisation.

Professor Bal S Virdee

Professor Bal S Virdee

Director of Centre for Communications Technology - London Metropolitan University

Professor Bal Virdee is Director of Centre for Communications Technology in the School of Computing and Digital Media at London Metropolitan University. Prior to becoming an academic he has worked in industry for various companies including Philips, as a R&D Engineer, and at Teledyne Defence & Space as a Future Products Developer in RF/microwave communications systems. He has also taught at several academic institutions.

Bal is currently a Senior Professor of Communications Technology. He serves in the Editorial Board of several international journals and has published numerous research papers. His research, in collaboration with industry, is in microwave, mm-wave & Thz wireless systems encompassing the latest cellular and satellite technologies.

He is Chair and Executive Member of the IET's Technical and Professional Network Committee on RF and Microwave Technology. He is a Fellow of the IET and Senior Member of IEEE.

Professor Andy Sutton

Professor Andy Sutton

Distinguished Engineer & Principal Network Architect - BT

Andy Sutton is a BT Distinguished Engineer and Principal Network Architect focused on RAN architecture evolution and mobile xhaul. Andy has 35 years of experience within the telecommunications industry, working in radio access, transmission and transport network technologies, and network synchronisation. Andy holds an MSc in Mobile Communications from the University of Salford, is a Chartered Engineer and holds Fellowships from the IET, ITP and BCS. Andy holds the posts of Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool and University of Salford. Andy has co-authored four books on telecommunications related topics and sits on the Editorial Board of the ITP Journal. 

Professor Joe Butler

Professor Joe Butler

CTO - Digital Catapult

Joe is the CTO at Digital Catapult where he leads across telecommunications and digital infrastructure, AI and immersive technologies such as augmented and virtual reality. He is one of the founders of the SONIC Labs programme and is the senior responsible officer for the new UK Telecoms Innovation Network.

Previous roles include Chief Scientific Advisor and Director of Telecoms at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on an interim basis, and CTO for the radio spectrum and Director of AI and Machine Learning at Ofcom.  

Joe worked on delivering multi-billion spectrum auctions for 4G and 5G, on releasing spectrum from the public sector for 5G and in agreeing the 5G millimetre wave bands for UK and Europe. He was author of the National Infrastructure Commission report on 5G and the future of mobile communications and spent his early career in AI and computer vision


Dr Alain Mourad

Dr Alain Mourad

Senior Director at InterDigital and the Head of Future Wireless Europe Lab in London (UK) - Wireless Europe Lab in London (UK)

Dr Alain Mourad is currently a Senior Director at InterDigital and the Head of Future Wireless Europe Lab in London (UK) leading research on 5G evolution towards 6G. Prior to InterDigital, Alain was a Principal Standards Engineer at Samsung Electronics R&D (UK) and previously a Senior Engineer at Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (France). Throughout his career, Alain has been active in the research and standardization of wireless systems (3GPP, IEEE802, DVB, ATSC, ETSI, IETF). Alain is a prolific inventor with over 50 issued patents and several additional patent applications. He received Samsung Electronics Inventor of the Year Award in 2012 and 2013, InterDigital Innovation Award in 2016, 2018 and 2020, 2018 Global Telecoms Award “Highly Commended” for “Advancing the road to 5G”, and the 2021 CSI Award “Highly Commended” for “Best 5G technology or service”.

Professor Howard Benn

Professor Howard Benn

GSA Representative

Howard is a GSA representative. He started his career in the fixed telecommunication sector (Plessey) back in 1982, did his degree and PhD at Bradford University, moving into radio-based communications in 1989. 

He started working in ETSI GSM standards committees in 1993, helping create 3GPP and chairing 3GPP RAN 4 from 1998 to 2007. He has been a board member of ETSI since 2008, is currently advising the ICANN board on mobile technology, and a member of a number of advisory boards for UK universities and research programs. 

His current role is ‘Vice President Communications Research’ for Samsung Electronics R&D Institute in the UK, managing a team of engineers covering ETSI, 3GPP, and GSMA. Recently has become a visiting Professor at Bristol University. He also sits on the UK5G government advisory committee looking at the future of communications technology in the UK, and an advisor to the UK government on international free trade agreements.


Tom Kirkham

Tom Kirkham

Innovation Lead for Future Network Technologies - InnovateUK

Tom is the Innovation Lead for Future Network Technologies at InnovateUK.

His role is to support UK academia and industry in the development of innovative products and services in the domain of digital connectivity. Prior to joining innovate Tom completed a PHD in Distributed Computing in 2008 and have worked in both industry and academia.

Dr Kafil Ahmed

Dr Kafil Ahmed

Technical Lead Telecoms Radio Frequency Clearance - Network Rail

Dr Kafil Ahmed leads the Telecoms Radio Frequency Clearance programme in Network Rail. Besides, he has been driving a number of initiatives for rail innovations in the field of future railway mobile and satellite communications for trains and trackside applications. He is also a member of Network Rail’s Telecoms Standards and Control Steering Committee (TSCSG) and led the development of Telecoms Clearance Standards. 

From 2015 to 2018, Kafil served as the IET’s RF and Microwave Professional Community Network’s chair. He was a member of the IET’s Community Resourcing Committee and served as an executive committee member of the Electromagnetics Professional network between 2017 and 2020. He led and chaired the IET’s annual 5G conferences between 2014 and 2020. 

Kafil is a Chartered Engineer. In 2013, he obtained his PhD in microwave metamaterial filter technology. He published several papers in international journals and conferences. While working at Pera technology, He oversaw many FP7 and H2020 projects involving UHF RFID tagging, mm-wave radar systems, and high-power microwave systems. 

Reasons to attend

IET's first 6G Conference


Industry and academic experts

Hear the vision and roadmap for the 6G technology


IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place
United Kingdom

The London headquarters of the IET.

We are committed to having an environmentally responsible event portfolio and we are working hard to plan and implement events which reflect sustainable event best practices.

We are working with venues and suppliers that demonstrate best environmental practices, in particular achieving zero food waste, no single-use plastics, along with recycling and re-use of paper, metal, plastic and glass.

In order to reduce the carbon footprint of the event, we strongly encourage delegates to walk, cycle or use public transport to attend the event.

Further information about environmental sustainability and IET Events can be obtained by contacting rebecca.booth@theiet.org.



Arrival and refreshments



Professor Bal Virdee
Chair of IET RF and Microwave Technology Network


Morning Chair

Dr Mike Short CBE
Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for International Trade




Adrian Scrase





Craig Sharp

Innovate UK


Dr Glenn Goodall

Head of ICT Research Portfolio at EPSRC


Lunch Break, Poster presentation and Networking

View our poster sessions with lunch for a variety of industry and academic entries.

IET Journals and books

The journals and books teams will be showcasing an array of journals at the 6G conference.  There will also be opportunities for researchers to discover how they can submit their research with IET Journals.

We have also earmarked a selection of titles that will highlight new research in the areas of computing, 6G, networks, communication, wireless systems and more


Afternoon Chair

Dr Kafil Ahmed
Senior RF Engineer, Network Rail


Professor Rahim Tafazolli

University of Surrey


Professor Joe Butler

CTO Digital Catapult


Professor Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architecture, BT TBC




Panel discussion, Title: 6G and Net zero 

led by Professor Maziar Nekovee, University of Sussex

Expert Panel:

Dr Alain Mourad, Senior Director at InterDigital and Head of Future Wireless Europ Lab in London

Tom Kirkham, Innovation Lead, Future Network Technologies at Innovate UK

Professor Muhammed Imran, Dean, University of Glasgow UESTC

Nick Hall, Senior Director | Technology Integration, Chief Technology Office, Inmarsat

TBC Professor Howard Benn, GSA Representative 

TBC Professor Sandra Dudley-MacEvoy, Professor of Communication Systems, Bioengineering Research Centre, School of Engineering, London South Bank University 

TBC Professor Ben Allen, Director of Communication Systems Engineering, OneWeb



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