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.

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.

Creativity core to strengthening the Northern Powerhouse

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Creativity needs to be a key part of the curriculum if we are to be a driving force in the Northern Powerhouse, according to business leaders. The NWBLT Forum gathered to debate the importance of investment in training young people in both science and arts. Spearheaded in the UK by the Cultural Learning Alliance, the movement is calling to add the ‘A’ (arts) in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to become STEAM.

Speaking at a Forum meeting held at Sci-Tech Daresbury, Esme Ward, Head of Learning and Engagement at Manchester Museum, said: “Science educators are desperate to bring more creativity to the science curriculum. When you bring art and science together, there is huge potential for really extraordinary things to happen.”

Next Forum on 9th November – “Building up a Head of STEAM”

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The NWBLT is delighted to announce the staging of another Forum panel debate at Sci-Tech Daresbury on 9 November (5 for 5.30pm), following the success of ‘Feeding the Creative Spark’ at Eaton Park in July. Having explored the symbiotic relationship between business, science and the arts on that occasion, the November Forum will turn this relationship on its head and examine it from the viewpoint of stimulating, and further developing, the North West’s successful wealth-generating science.

The panellists on this occasion will be Dr Chris Doherty, Managing Director of Manchester Science Partnerships based at the Alderley Park Biohub; Suzanne Jones, Head of Europe, Central Asia and Middle East, International Knowledge and Innovation Unit, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; David Heke, Founder member of the Chester-based arts collective, ‘chart’; Esme Ward, Head of Learning and Engagement, Manchester Museum; and Fiona Gibson, Managing Director, Products Lead UK & Ireland, Accenture North West (authors of the NWBLT ‘Discovery to Delivery’ 2015 Science Prospectus).

North West Schools Science Competition is now open for entries

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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 on “Why I want to be a Scientist” by 6th November 2015.

The best six entries from each year group will be invited to take part in a presentation event taking place at Manchester Museum on Monday 7th December and the winner of each year group will be presented with an iPad Mini and a cheque for their school. All 12 candidates will be filmed making their presentations and feature on the NWBLT YouTube Channel.

September Forum meeting in Liverpool to focus on Teach First

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Join Teach First’s Local Area Director for the North West Colin Ferguson, and Head of Corporate Partnerships Jessamy Gould, at the upcoming NWBLT Forum Meeting on Monday 14 September at Hill Dickinson in Liverpool, to learn more about Teach First’s work in the North West, and how the charity works with business to ensure that no child’s educational success is limited by their socio economic background.

At the meeting you will also have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the issue of educational inequality in the North West through an interactive journey, and hear from a Teach First teacher about their experience of teaching in some of the toughest classrooms in the country.

The meeting will also feature a presentation from a Liverpool John Moores University student on promoting STEM subjects to year 7 and 8 pupils at local schools.

Feeding the Creative Spark – 13 July 2015

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The next meeting of the NWBLT’s Forum is entitled “Feeding the Creative Spark – a debate on the symbiotic relationship between business, science and the arts”. It is taking place on Monday 13th July from 4.30pm to 7.30pm in the Wolf Room at Eaton Hall – home of The Duke of Westminster, President of NWBLT.

The panel will be focussing on the relationships between the arts, science and business, and the role of business leaders and philanthropists in supporting cultural organisations and a thriving arts scene, as essential ingredients of a successful, sustainable economy. Panelists include Michael Oglesby (Chairman, Bruntwood and NWBLT member), Justin Kelly (Director of Strategy, Siemens Industry Sector), Paula Ridley (Chair, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art) and Julie Platt (Development Manager, Chester Performs).

Before and after the panel discussions, and to encourage a lively networking session, a number of locally based artists and performers will show some examples of their work and discuss informally with those attending what their work means to them, and how it can be better understood and interpreted. It is felt that this may help to foster a better appreciation by business people of the significance and relevance of the arts to our lives.

Accenture Delivers International Prospectus for North West Business Leadership Team to Help Grow Science, Technology and Innovation

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An international prospectus, Discovery to Delivery, produced by Accenture (NYSE: ACN) was launched today by The North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) to encourage investment in the region’s science, technology and innovation businesses.

The strategic assessment, directed at major corporations worldwide, is based on Accenture Strategy research and analysis commissioned by NWBLT in February. Accenture Strategy and Accenture’s Global Cities practice worked with NWBLT and private, public and academic organizations to map the core capabilities that the region offers to prospective businesses, including quality of research and development, talent, infrastructure, lifestyle and local political support. Chief executives and leaders of Manchester and Liverpool city councils, Local Enterprise Partnerships, leading academics and private-sector companies were interviewed to help shape the plan.

The work highlighted the benefits and opportunities in the North West, while shaping the region’s growth and competitiveness strategy across a number of categories: identifying potential areas for improvement, proposals accelerating investment in the region, promoting global connectivity and growing existing businesses. The launch, which is hosted by Sci-Tech Daresbury and Liverpool City Region LEP, includes a promotion campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the economic growth potential of the North West.