North West Business Leadership Team welcome the Royal Society to Manchester

Dr Julie Maxton CBE, Executive Director of the Royal Society said “Emma Degg and the North West Business Leadership Team were instrumental in encouraging the Royal Society to hold today’s conference and dinner in Manchester and extremely helpful in introducing us to key industry leaders in the North West.”

The NWBLT are delighted to welcome the Royal Society to the North West for their first conference and dinner at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.  The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

The conference on 20th November Creating connections – Research, industry and infrastructure in the North West will address the scientific and technical challenges of the next decade and bring together leading experts from academia, industry, government and charities.

The conference will focus on three broad themes reflecting priority areas for science and industry in the North West: Materials, Human Health and Data. Prominent scientists from businesses and universities will share their perspectives on the scientific and technical challenges and opportunities in these areas. This will feed into a broader discussion about the role of the North West in driving UK innovation and prosperity.

Emma Degg, Chief Executive of the North West Business Leadership Team commented, “the focus of this conference ties in with the world class scientific themes highlighted in our report – Discovery to Delivery. The science and innovation strengths of the North West are clear – but we must deliver increased investment in R&D and further encourage a culture of innovation is we are to capitalise upon them. The Royal Society are an important partner for us in this endeavour, and this Conference represents a significant opportunity for us to take our work forward.    I am also personally delighted, to welcome Dr Julie Maxton CBE, the Executive Director of the Royal Society, the first woman in 350 years to hold the post.”