Conferences and Venues

Manchester City of Science 2016

This year sees Manchester as the European City of Science. This may not come as a surprise to many as the city has always been at the forefront of scientific innovation. Ever since the birth of the Industrial Revolution in Manchester, the city has been a place where both new ideas and radical thinking have flourished. Manchester has always been a place where people have found inspiration and is the city where Rolls met Royce, where John Dalton unveiled his atomic theory, where Rutherford split the atom and Alan Turing developed the computer. Amongst its many other claims to fame, 25 Nobel Prize winners have researched their breakthroughs in Manchester. Today ground breaking research continues in Manchester with the Nobel Prize winning discovery of Graphene, the thinnest and strongest material in the world, with truly countless potential applications.

As a key centrepiece from 23 to 27 July 2016 Manchester will host the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). This is a biennial general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation and the largest event of its type in the world. ESOF will deliver stimulating content and lively debate around the latest advancements and discoveries in the sciences, humanities and social sciences bringing together over 4,500 leading thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from more than 90 countries. To engage people of all ages, the Manchester Science Festival will also take place in July to coincide with ESOF and is likely to be more exciting than ever. Last year the festival featured walks, tours, science workshops and a whole host of activities to engage everyone.

From an events perspective there is surely no better time to host any science or technology related event in Manchester and bring delegates interested in science and technology to the city. Besides the central ESOF conference there is a whole host of other activity being developed around City of Science including public participation in experiments, talks, exhibitions and much more.

In addition Manchester offers visitors many thought provoking science related attractions and experiences. Visitors arriving by air might, if they are lucky, catch a glimpse of the iconic Jodrell Bank as their plane approaches Manchester. Since 1957 the iconic Lovell Telescope, also part of The University of Manchester, has spent its time probing the depths of space, teaching us more about the universe. Even today it remains one of the largest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world, headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) an international collaboration to combine radio telescopes to create the most powerful telescope ever, and visitors can enjoy a day out at the Jodrell Discovery Centre to find out more about the telescope and all things space related.

Those who enjoy art may visit Manchester Art Gallery who are hosting will host an exhibition from 12 February to 5 June 16 exploring responses to the question ‘Can machines think?’ originally posed by Alan Turing in 1950. Manchester Museum (another University of Manchester attraction) will feature an exhibition from May to September 2016 allowing visitors to explore the causes of climate change and what they might do about it.

The Museum of Science and Industry will host an exhibition about how Graphene was discovered at The University of Manchester which will open in July. For those interested in iconic aircraft, Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park is home to the retired Concorde 204 G-BOAC, and visitors can view this along with other historic aircraft as well as watching landings and take-offs from a special viewing platform.

A series of talks by prominent scientists will take place throughout the year in addition to great science related festivals, exhibitions, pop-up experiments and even music. Towards the end of the year a robot orchestra will feature humans and robots performing together with real instruments guided by a conductor.

The public can also engage in real experiments as part of the ECOS. As an example of an experiment featuring public participation ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Pain’ is a national experiment using smartphone technology that is examining whether the weather influences arthritis and other chronic pain being undertaken by Dr Will Dixon, the Director of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, the University of Manchester & Consultant Rheumatologist at Salford Royal Hospital.

Combine all this with the city’s vibrant food scene, the heady mix of awe inspiring cutting edge ideas and you’ve certainly got an inspirational city for any conference.

For those organising events this year Manchester’s position as City of Science has to make it more than a worthy contender when considering a venue. Its excellent direct international air travel links, vibrant cosmopolitan culture combined with the excellent road, rail, tram links and its recognised position as cultural hotspot means there is no better time to choose Manchester for your next event.

Layton Quinton - Marketing Manager

Layton Quinton

Layton Quinton

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