23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 19-12-2014 01:18

      Manchester celebrates being names European City of Science 2016

      A TWO year celebration was launched this week to mark the beginning of science related events in the city. The events aim to enhance the science economy in Manchester and to include local businesses, Greater Manchester schools and Nobel Prize winners.

      The launch comes after Manchester was named European City of Science and is thought to generate approximately £8.6 million for the economy.

      MOSI held the official launch event of the European City of Science on the 8th December and announced a £3 million investment which will fund a new exhibition space.

       It also welcomed news such as a £235m investment for the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Materials Research and Innovation and £42m Life Sciences fund to support growing science businesses in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

      Professor Brian Cox, who attended the launch event, said “The fact that Manchester is the European City of Science means a great deal. It means the city is regaining its historic role – this is of course the city that discovered the atomic nucleus and that built the world’s first computer – now it’s the city that discovered Graphene and with the newly announced Sir Henry Royce institute for materials research, Manchester might well be at the centre of an industrial revolution of the 21st Century. To see the city re-emerging, in what I would call its rightful place, is terrifically exciting.”

      Greater Manchester will be making the most of its science credentials by hosting some exciting events in 2016. Already announced is the Manchester International Festival (MIF) curated ‘Age of Starlight’ event, Nobel Prize winners Graphene Exhibition hosted by MOSI, Europe's largest general scientific conference (ESOF) and a celebration of the 250th anniversary of John Dalton’s birth.

      Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester is proud of its science achievements from atomic theory to inventing the first programmable computer and discovering the new wonder material graphene.

      “This is why the European City of Science designation is so very apt as we celebrate our science heritage and science future. Whilst science and technology supports jobs, growth and economic success for Greater Manchester, through the nature of the discipline, it also has potential to answer the challenges that all cities and modern societies face.”

      If you are interested in attending the ESOF events in Manchester 2016, you can register online at www.esof.eu or you can follow @ESOF2016 on Twitter for updates.

      By Ellie Bryan