New Scientist Live has chosen London as the host city for its inaugural four-day 2016 event, London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional company for the city announced, 22 October.
The event will take place, 22-25 September, at Excel London and is designed, organisers say, to illustrate how science and technology improves lives, shapes society and drives economic growth.
It will feature experts from the world of science, engineering and technology and offer interactive demonstrations of cutting-edge technology.
Leading innovations including the Mars Exploration Rover and the Bloodhound Project’s supersonic car will be on display, alongside science and tech brands including Airbus, Rolls Royce and the European Space Agency (ESA).
New Scientist publishing director John MacFarlane said London was selected as the host for the event due to its position as a leading global centre for Life Sciences and technology. “We are delighted to launch our event in London. London is home to renowned academic centres, a vibrant ecology of global research and development companies and entrepreneurial start-ups, and a highly skilled, educated workforce.”
The announcement comes just over a year since the Mayor of London Boris Johnson launched MedCity, an organisation that aims to promote and grow the life sciences economy in London and the greater south east.
The Mayor said: “I’m delighted that our great city has been chosen to host this fantastic celebration of science. New Scientist Live will bring together our innovative thinkers and showcase London’s world-leading credentials on a global stage.”
Organisers said 20,000 New Scientist readers had expressed interest in the event, ahead of tickets going on sale.
Tracy Halliwell, director of business tourism and major events at London & Partners, said: “Our partners across the capital, from Med City to the Francis Crick Institute, are committed to driving forward the Life Sciences industry and further positioning London as a hub for science, technology and engineering. With New Scientist Live providing a fantastic focal point, we invite other leading events in the field to choose London at the same time and take advantage of the surge of interest in these subjects that will stem from this internationally renowned event.”
Next September’s event at Excel London will consist of four dedicated zones covering all aspects of science and technology together with a Main Stage which will present the leading speakers alongside entertaining debates.