Fast forward with us to the future as The Economist’s science correspondent, Alok Jha, leads some of the UK’s foremost commentators in a round table conversation about the future for global cities.

Greater Manchester is showing the way with an ambitious target for net carbon neutrality by 2038, innovation to unlock new applications for advanced materials, and a commitment to supporting levelling up through new skills and employment opportunities.

The event fast-forwards to 2038 in Greater Manchester, hosted by the GM LEP provids an insight into the innovation that will enable the city-region to deliver green growth and address inequalities.

What impact will advanced materials and innovation have on the built environment? How will we live, work, travel and play? What will this mean for people and the planet? How can Greater Manchester support Global Britain in responding to global challenges?


  • Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, FRS, board member with Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership and President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester.
  • James Baker, CEO for Graphene@Manchester which leads the commercialisation of graphene and 2D materials at The University of Manchester.
  • Dr Beenish Siddique, Founder and CEO, AEH Innovative Hydrogel, an SME which has attracted £1m in Government funding to develop the potential of advanced materials in Greater Manchester.
  • Tim Newns, CEO, MIDAS, Greater Manchester’s inward investment agency.




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