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Learn. Connect. Develop.

Thursday 19th May 2016  |  08:00 - 16:30

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Conference Photos 2016

About the Conference

The development and commercialisation of science has been fundamental to Manchester and the North’s growth for many years – from splitting the atom and the early development of computers to the discovery of Graphene. The successful commercialisation of science along with the associated development of skills has long been a key driver of economic growth, which will only continue to accelerate as technical developments gather pace.

Leading into Manchester's celebrations of being "The European City of Science" this conference will explore the development and commercialisation of great science, offer case studies drawn from successful businesses and provide the opportunity to ask questions of those involved.

Different approaches to science and its diverse subsets require different and often unique skills.  This will be investigated through the exploration of some original research comparing innovation and invention, its impact on organisational development and the need to acquire these differing skill sets.

The conference will culminate by taking a countrywide view of the importance of science to the economy, before returning to reflect on the future of Manchester’s science legacy.

The conference is aimed at individuals and organisations involved in science, technology, research, development and its subsequent commercialisation who would welcome engaging in discussion about cutting-edge technology, maximising returns, organisational development and the resultant skills agenda.

The conference will offer fantastic networking opportunities between people interested in the above and help attendees make the connections they need to grow and develop their own businesses.

Our key themes are:

Development of great science
Commercialisation of great science
Innovation vs. invention – what is the difference?
Organisational development to deliver financial returns from science
The skills agenda for science
Economic growth from science

Photos from the conference

Here are a selection of our favourite photos from the 2016 conference!

Key Speakers

Steve Bennett

Conference host and Managing Director, Science North

Dame Nancy Rothwell

University of Manchester

Dr. Neil Murray

 Redx Pharma

Sir Howard Bernstein

Manchester City Council

Ian Shott CBE

Executive Chairman & Managing Director

Dr. John Weir

Group Technical Director
PZ Cussons

Claire-Marie Boggiano

Founder & Director
Lurig Change & Development

Prof. Juergen Maier

CEO Siemens plc
Non-Exec Dir. BIS

James Baker

Business Director National Graphene Institute

Clare Hildred

Stopford Energy & Environment

Joanna Woolf

Cogent Skills

Dr. Nigel Pickett

Founder & CTO
Nanoco Technologies


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Breakfast & networking

08:00 - 09:00

Opening Address

Dame Nancy Rothwell; President & Vice-Chancellor, University of Manchester

09:00 - 09:15

Keynote Speaker

Welcome from the Headline Sponsor; BASF by Richard Carter, Managing Director - UK / Ireland

09:15 - 09:30

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Neil Murray, CEO, Redx Pharma - discussing Pharma & Biotech development, commercialisation, IP and future plans

09:30 - 10:15

Keynote Speaker

Ian Shott CBE, Managing Partner, Shott Trinova & Board Member, InnovateUK - "The Chemistry Growth Partnership"

10:15 - 10:45

Morning Break

Coffee & Networking

10:45 - 11:15

Breakout Session #1

Advanced Materials - the development and commercialisation of Graphene followed by a panel discussion and Q&A
Speakers;  Dr. Ania Servant - University of Manchester,  Dr. Andy Goodwin - Thomas Swan,  James Baker - National Graphene Institute

11:15 - 12:45

Breakout Session #2

Life Sciences - the development and commercialisation of Pharmaceutical products followed by a panel discussion and Q&A
Speakers; David Cook - Blueberry Therapeutics, Carol Treasure - XCellR8, Clare Hildred - Stopford Energy & Environment

11:15 - 12:45

Breakout Session #3

Technology - the development and commercialisation of High Technology products followed by a panel discussion and Q&A
Speakers; Dr. Nigel Pickett - Nanoco, Malcolm Stewart - NeuDrive Ltd, Prof. Andy Miah - University of Salford

11:15 - 12:45

Lunch & Networking

12:45 - 13:30

Keynote Talk & Presentation

“Innovators vs Inventors” – the Challenge for Organisations by Dr John Weir, Group Technical Director – PZ Cussons

13:30 - 14:15

Discussion - Organisational Challenges resulting from Innovators vs. Inventors 

Dr.John Weir "in conversation" with Claire-Marie Boggiano, Founder of Lurig Change and Development

14:15 - 14:30

Panel Discussion - The Skills required to provide for an effective Science-based organisation 

Claire-Marie Boggiano will chair a discussion and Q&A with Dr.John Weir, Joanna Woolf – CEO, Cogent Skills and Karen Heaton – HRD, University of Manchester.

14:30 - 15:00

Drinks break with networking

15:00 - 15:30

Skills and Productivity – the 4th Industrial Revolution

Presentation by Juergen Maier – CEO Siemens plc, Chair NWBLT and a Non Executive Board member of BIS

15:30 - 16:00

Closing Address

Closing address from Sir Howard Bernstein, CEO Manchester City Council

16:00 - 16:15

Final Q&A

Questions from the Audience to previous speakers

16:15 - 16:30

Conference Close



Anticipated attendance of c.200 delegates.
Tickets are available at £95 + Vat each for the full day.

Price includes refreshments, lunch and conference resources, it excludes accommodation and parking.

** As part of the booking process attendees must select a Breakout Session in advance **


The event will take place at The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Devoted to inspiring visitors through ideas that change the world, from the Industrial Revolution to today and beyond, it is situated on the site of the oldest surviving passenger railway station, in the heart of the world’s first industrial city and is alive with innovative discoveries in science and technology.

Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP

By Train

The nearest railway station is Deansgate, which is 10 minutes’ walk away.The Museum is 20 minutes’ walk away from Manchester Oxford Road station, 30 minutes’ walk away from Manchester Victoria station, and 30 minutes’ walk away from Manchester Piccadilly station.

You can travel to Deansgate station on the train from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Oxford Road railway stations.

Manchester’s free Metroshuttle bus service stops at all city centre railway stations and all 3 Metroshuttle services will bring you within 5 minutes’ walk of the museum.

Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website for more information about travelling by train to Manchester.

By Car

If you’re travelling into the city from the motorway, head towards the M60 ring road around Manchester, and look out for the brown tourist signs directing you to the Museum of Science and Industry.The postcode for your GPS satnav is M3 4FP.

All day parking for £6.50 can be found at the Park Avenue RCP car park (8 Albion Street, M1 5NZ) when you tell them you’re visiting the Museum of Science and Industry.

There are also 2 spaces for Blue Badge holders on Lower Byrom Street next to the Museum’s main entrance.

By Tram

The nearest Metrolink stop is Deansgate–Castlefield, which is 10 minutes’ walk away and is serviced by all trams except for:

- Bury to Abraham Moss (blue line)
- Cornbrook to MediaCityUK (brown line)

Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website for more information about the Metrolink tram service.

By Metroshuttle

The ‘green’ Metroshuttle Number 2 Bus stops right outside the museum entrance on Lower Byrom Street and all 3 Metroshuttle services stop on Byrom Street, just 5 minutes’ walk away.

Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website for more information about the free bus service.

By Bicycle

You can lock up your bicycle on Lower Byrom Street just outside our main entrance.

Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website for more information about city centre cycle routes.

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