Science & Innovation

North West England is a world class region for science and technology innovation investment and businesses can benefit significantly from the excellence in skills and facilities and the unique ecosystem the region offers. “Discovery to Delivery” is a research-based prospectus produced by Accenture in collaboration with the NWBLT.

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July Forum to feature Energy Roundtable

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The next meeting of the Forum will take place on 11 July at 5pm for 5.30pm at Lancaster University. The meeting will be a roundtable discussing how Energy technology can power our ambitions for the North . It will include contributions from Harry Hoster, Director of Energy Lancaster, and Dion Williams, Director of Enterprise and Innovation at Lancaster University. This follows on from the May Forum which featured a presentation from Katy Gearing from the Royal Society.

May Forum to visit Virtual Reality Lab

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The next meeting of the NWBLT’s Forum is taking place on Monday 15th May in the Atrium at Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington. The event commences at 4pm with an optional tour of the Virtual Engineering Centre which will include a visit to one of the VEC’s virtual laboratories. The Virtual Reality laboratory is where industry comes to co-innovate and develop new products and processes using a range of virtual engineering tools such as Virtual Reality. The VEC will demonstrate how Bentley Motors have used such technologies to successfully develop new products more quickly and cost effectively. There will also be a demonstration of how VR is being used in the medical sector.

The main meeting at 5pm for 5.30pm will open with a presentation from Katy Gearing from the Royal Society who are engaging with the wider science community across the North West. There will then be a panel discussion with Q&A from the audience.

Nationwide search begins for science’s inspirational business leaders

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Business leaders in the science-related industries are being encouraged to celebrate their achievements with a national award launched by the organiser of the Business of Science Conference. The Business of Science Leadership Award seeks to recognise a senior figure from the private, public or charitable sector who has made an outstanding contribution to business leadership in an area of science and innovation. The call for entries is open (closing 24th March) to ambitious leaders of science-based organisations of all sizes from across the UK who can demonstrate active engagement with the wider business community and an ongoing commitment to the promotion of science at the highest level.

A judging panel of high-profile industry figures including NWBLT member Richard Carter, MD, BASF UK, Steve Elliott, CEO of the Chemical Industries Association, Dr Gail Cardew of The Royal Institution, Richard Jones, CFO, Mereo BioPharma and Redx Pharma Plc CEO and chair of the judges, Dr Neil Murray, will meet in London in May to review the entries.

Leading science conference receives industry backing from a number of NWBLT members companies

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Leading innovators and businesses have backed an industry event showcasing the importance of scientific discovery being hosted by Forum member Steve Bennett.

Internationally recognised science and innovation campus Sci-Tech Daresbury, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and global consumer products group PZ Cussons are amongst new sponsors of the Business of Science Conference.

NW Schools Science Competition 2016 Winners Announced

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Young people from across the North West Region have been battling it out to be crowned winners of the prestigious North West Schools Science Competition. The winners each received an iPad Mini and £250 for their school to spend on science equipment. The competition aims to encourage more pupils to consider science as a career. Now in its 8th year, the competition is hosted by the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT). Pupils in Years 7 and 8 from across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside were asked to submit an essay stating “Why I want to be a scientist” in less than 500 words. From there a 12-strong shortlist was drawn up to participate in the ‘Competition Final’ held in the newly opened UTC in Warrington.

The Winner in Year 8 (age 12) was Oliver Castledine from Cheadle Hulme High School. Oliver said “I am very happy to have taken part – everyone did really well. I did not think I would win and am surprised but delighted”. The Runner Up from Year 8 (age 12) was Charlotte Ryan from Holly Lodge Girls School in Liverpool. The Winner in Year 7 (age 12) was Emile Stone-Bourgeois from Cheadle Hulme School. Emile commented that he was “ecstatic to win although relieved it was all over – it was a great experience”. The Runner Up from Montgomery High School in Blackpool was Hannah Byrne (Age 11).

Finalists announced for NW Schools Science Competition

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The list of the pupils shortlisted for the North West Schools Science Competition 2016 has now been announced. The evening presentation will take place on 5th December in Warrington when the applicants, from across the region, will give a two minute presentation on their entry to a group of industry judges. The list is below:-

Year 7 – Isobel Barfoot (Cheadle Hulme School), Hannah Byrne (Montgomery High School), Oliver Gardner (Stockport School), Sumaya Mohamed (Manchester Academy), Emile Stone-Bourgeois (Cheadle Hulme School) and Kieran Stubbins (Cheadle Hulme School)

Year 8 – Oliver Castledine (Cheadle Hulme High School), Matthew Dickinson (Cheadle Hulme High School), Mahnoor Javed (Altrincham Grammar School for Girls), Charlotte Ryan (Holly Lodge Girls College, Liverpool), Katie Schilling (Cheadle Hulme High School) and David Wood (Cheadle Hulme High School)

NWBLT supports Bessemer Society’s North West Dinner

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The first Bessemer Society dinner in the North West took place last night at Manchester Town Hall. The Bessemer Society is a forum and mutual society formed of ‘serial’ CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs who are committed to creating successful new companies based on technological innovation in the fields of science and engineering. Named after Sir Henry Bessemer, the Society aims to promote his blend of technical, creative and entrepreneurial skills that are the catalyst for founding any progressive and lasting enterprise. The dinner was organised by Alex Stewart, founder of the Bessemer Society and great great grandson of Sir Henry Bessemer, with support from NWBLT.

The objective of the evening was to challenge the perception that the North West is cut off from the innovation clusters of Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol, and that they are the model for the future. It was an invaluable opportunity to showcase and celebrate all that is great in the North West region. It was attended by over forty delegates and featured an inspirational presentation from Sir Robin Saxby.

2016 Schools Science Competition launched

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Do you know a pupil in Year 7 or 8 attending a North West School who would like the chance to win an iPad mini and cash for their school? All they need to do is submit 500 word email to info@nwblt.co.uk on “Why I want to be a Scientist” by 6th November 2016.

The best six entries from each year group will be invited to take part in a presentation event taking place at Warrington UTC on Monday 5th December and the winner of each year group will be presented with an iPad Mini and a cheque for their school. All shortlisted candidates will be filmed making their presentations and feature on the NWBLT YouTube Channel.

September Forum meeting to discuss Science and Energy

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The next Forum meeting is taking place at the Thornton Science Park (5pm for 5.30pm) on 29th September and will debate the way forward for the North West’s scientific research and energy sectors, in the context of the post-Brexit environment. The panel will include Emma Degg (Policy Advisor, NWBLT), Myles Kitcher (Managing Director, Peel Environmental) and Paul Vernon (Chief Executive, Thornton Science Park)

Two Manchester Pupils win NW Schools Science Competition

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Young people from across the North West Region have been battling it out to be crowned winners of the prestigious North West Schools Science Competition. The winners each received an iPad Mini and £250 for their school to spend on science equipment. The competition aims to encourage more pupils to consider science as a career.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is hosted by the NWBLT in conjunction with Manchester Museum, the current holder of the NWBLT’s Lever Prize. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 from across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside were asked to submit an essay stating “Why I want to be a scientist” in less than 500 words. From there a 13-strong shortlist was drawn up to participate in the ‘Competition Final’ held in the Kanaris Lecture Theatre at the Museum.

The Winner in Year 8 was Daisy Wilson from Cheadle Hulme High School. She said “This evening has been a great opportunity. I am delighted to have won the iPad Mini and my school is going to be really pleased to receive the £250.” The Runner Up was Opeyemi Lamina from Withington Girls School. The Winner in Year 7 was Miliani Fraser-Fletcher from Cheadle Hulme School who commented “I was very nervous but thought that everyone who presented tonight did really well.” The Runner Up in Year 7 was Lottie Burnett also from Cheadle Hulme School.