As revealed at the Conservative Party Conference (30 September) at Manchester Central by the Minister for Science and Universities David Willetts MP, Manchester has been named the European City of Science for 2016.
The city has been selected to host the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), which takes place every two years. This is Europe’s largest general scientific conference and it will bring 4,500 delegates to the City in July 2016, including global scientific and technology leaders. It was staged in Dublin last year and moves to Copenhagen in 2014.
The economic impact of hosting the event is estimated to be in the region of £9.6m.
“As a city with a proud reputation for excellence in scientific research and development, a tradition which continues right up to the present day with exciting innovations such as the discovery of graphene, Manchester makes a fitting City of Science 2016. We look forward to giving delegates from across Europe a warm Manchester welcome at the ESOF event and contributing to the exchange of ideas and inspiration,” Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, tells CN.
“This exciting announcement cements Manchester’s position as a world leader in science and technology,” says President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell. “The theme of the 2016 Forum will be breakthroughs in science and the conditions needed for a city to capitalise on scientific knowledge: from education through to investment in science.”
The successful ESOF bid was put together by The University of Manchester, Manchester City Council, Visit Manchester, New Economy and Marketing Manchester. Professor Luke Georghiou, Vice-President for Research and Innovation at The University of Manchester, was jointly responsible for the team, in partnership with the City authorities, that prepared the successful bid to host ESOF 2016. He adds: “We are delighted to be able to organise Europe’s biggest general science conference in Manchester in 2016.”
The EuroScience Open Forum will be hosted in Manchester from 22-27 July 2016. It was organised for the first time in Stockholm in 2004 and has since been held every two years, coming to Munich, Barcelona, Turin and Dublin.
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