About the Business of Science conference

The development and commercialisation of science has been fundamental to Manchester, the North and the UK’s growth for many years – from splitting the atom, the development of targeted medicines, great science facilities and infrastructure to the discovery of Graphene and other 2D materials. The successful commercialisation of science along with the development of the required skills to underpin innovation have long been key drivers of economic growth.  This will continue to accelerate as technical developments gather pace.

 

Following Manchester’s celebrations as “The European City of Science” and the inaugural Business of Science conference, the second conference will again explore the development and commercialisation of great science showcasing case studies drawn from successful businesses along with a review the of the required skills to support this. There will be an opportunity to question those involved and to challenge current and future thinking about science, business and how they interact.

Science

Science underpins so much of what we do, how we do it, where we do it and why.  The Business of Science conference will explore some of these areas with a combination of presentations, panel discussions, breakout and interactive sessions. These will provide the opportunity to learn from others and connect with people and businesses of interest.

Innovation

Great ideas come from many different backgrounds, theories and discussions.  What do they all have in common? It is the drive of the individual or group involved to make them successful for reasons of scientific breakthrough, a development of a previous innovation or something completely novel.  The commercial success of these innovations can either encourage or discourage the idea to be taken forward. The Business of Science conference will explore how this can be supported with examples of where and how this has been achieved.

Skills

The drive to encourage the ongoing development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills is never ending.  What is certain is that these subjects can lead to great work opportunities and are essential to underpin great science, great innovation and commercial success.  TheBusiness of Science conference will examine the various routes to gain and develop these skills through academic, technical and leadership development, enabling delegates to understand the various routes and how to become involved.

OUR KEY THEMES

Development of great science

Commercialisation of science

Science environments and infrastructure

The role of science to drive economic growth

Academic and technical skills development across STEM subjects

Leadership skills within science

A LOOK AT LAST YEAR – BUSINESS OF SCIENCE CONFERENCE 2016

Professor Andy Miah – University of Salford
Jane Howarth – University of Bolton
Dr John Weir – PZ Cussons
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the speakers

Join the industry’s top thought leaders and influencers across a wide range of specialisms and sectors.

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Managing Director of Science North

Steve Bennett

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Leader of the Council, Manchester City Council

Sir Richard Leese

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Managing Director, UK & Ireland, BASF

Richard Carter

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Chief Executive Officer at ERI ltd. The University of Edinburgh

Dr. George Baxter

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National Officer - Aerospace & Shipbuilding, Unite the Union

Ian Waddell

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Executive Chair, Founders4Schools and Executive Chair, Scaleup Institute

Sherry Coutu CBE

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Director SEERIH, University of Manchester

Lynne Bianchi

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Founder & Director, Lurig Change & Development

Claire-Marie Boggiano

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Project Director, Cogent Skills

John Holton

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UK Chemical Industries Association Young Ambassador for 2016/2017

Stefano Ceci

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Partner, Grant Thornton

Philip Grindley

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Scientific Director at BioClinics Ltd

Nichola McChrystal

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Partner, Pannone Corporate LLP

Tim Hamilton

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Chairman of The Skills & Growth Company

George Hayes

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Business Development Manager at Sci-Tech Daresbury

John Leake

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Science & Industry Business Leader at Arup

Andy Pennington

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Group Director of HR at 2M Holdings

Liran Maller

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Chief Executive Officer at ChargePoint Technology Limited

Chris Eccles

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PhD researcher in Materials Science at The University of Manchester

Rhys Archer

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Head of enterprise, Royal Academy of Engineering

Ana Avaliani

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Analytical Chemist at SI Group and winner of the Chemical Northwest Apprentice of the Year 2016

Jessica Sales

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Deputy Director of the STFC Hartree Centre

Michael Gleaves

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HR Director UK & Ireland at AkzoNobel

Brian Chapman

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Non Executive Director, Board Advisor and Investor three UK based companies including Arvia Technology

David Cartmell

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Dr Murray is co-founder of Ultramatis, a U. of Leeds spin out developing anti-counterfeiting solutions for glass packaging

Dr Matthew Murray

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Salsa Sound

Dr Rob Oldfield

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Associate Director, Arup

Tim Griggs

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Chief Executive, Liverpool Knowledge Quarter and Bruntwood Chairman (Liverpool)

Colin Sinclair

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Business Engagement at The University of Manchester

Liam Britnell

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Deputy Director, Science, Innovation and Business - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

michael contaldo

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Group Technical Director of PZ Cussons Plc

Dr. John Weir

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Senior Lecturer at University of Bolton

Nooshin Akrami MCIAT PIEMA

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Associate Director at Arup

Tim Griggs

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The Agenda

08:00 – 09:00

Registration, breakfast & networking

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome by Steve Bennett, Managing Director, Science North Ltd

09:15 – 09:30

Opening Address – Sir Richard Leese, Leader of the Council, Manchester City Council.

09:30 – 09:45

Welcoming Address from the Headline Sponsor Richard Carter, Managing Director UK & Ireland, BASF

09:45 – 10:15

Keynote Speaker – Sherry Coutu CBE, Executive Chair, Founders4Schools and Executive Chair, Scaleup Institute

10:15 – 11:00

Keynote speaker – The Commercialisation of Science- Dr.George Baxter, CEO of ERI Ltd at the University of Edinburgh  

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break and networking

11:30 – 13:00

Breakout sessions

  • Science & the Vibrant Economy – led by Philip Grindley with Tim Hamilton, Nichola McChrystal, Chris Eccles and David Cartmell
  • People & Place – creating the right environment for great science –  led by Andy Pennington with Colin Sinclair, John Leake, Tim Griggs and Nooshin Akrami.
  • Encouraging Innovation through Engineering – led by Ana Avaliani with Dr Matthew Murray, Dr Rob Oldfield and Liam Britnell
13:00 – 14:00

Lunch & Networking

14:00 – 14:15

Welcome back from Steve Bennett

14:15 – 14:45

Keynote Speaker – Michael Contaldo, “Unlocking the Science Assets of the North”

14:45 – 15:15

Keynote Speaker – Brian Chapman, HR Director, Akzo Nobel UK

15:15 – 16:30

Breakout Sessions –  STEM Skills

  • Academic Development – led by Lynne Bianchi with Rhys Archer, Stefano Ceci and Michael Gleaves.
  • Technical Development – led by George Hayes with John Holton, Ian Waddell and Jessica Sales.
  • Leadership Development – led by Claire-Marie Boggiano with Liran Maller, John Weir and Andy Clifton.

16:30 -16:45

Conference Overview and Summary – Steve Bennett, Managing Director, Science North Ltd

16:45 – 18:00

Networking and drinks

Buy Tickets

Tickets are available at £125 + VAT each for the full day.

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

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THE VENUE

Museum of Science and Industry

The Business of Science conference 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.

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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.

Bicycle

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.

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.

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.

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Business of Science Leadership Award

Applications are now open for the inaugural Business of Science Leadership Award 2017.

For more information or to apply for this year’s award please click here

OUR SPONSORS

BASF Headline sponsor
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Grant Thornton
Business of Science
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PANNONE CORPORATE
Chemistry Growth Partnership

OUR PARTNERS

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Rare Digital
Business of Science
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Museum of science and industry
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BRITISH COATINGS FEDERATION

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Please contact Steve Bennett for sponsorship opportunities.

Contact Us

Call Business of Science on 0161 831 0259 for further information.