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    Centre for Global Eco-Innovation Showcase and Launch, Manchester, 4 March 2013

    Start date: 04/03/2013
    Cost: Free, Please Register

    The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation brings together the expertise, resources and global contacts of Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool, together with international commercialisation consultancy Inventya Limited to undertake SME-led collaborative R&D partnerships. The centre will be officially launched at this event by Lord Drayson of Kensington (formerly the UK Science Minister)

    Monday 4th March 2013, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

    Lord Drayson is a highly successful entrepreneur who built his profile from start-up businesses and the pharmaceutical sector. He now runs Drayson Racing Technology, a high tech engineering business which was the first to commit to the new FIA racing series Formula E for electric cars.

    Event Format

    This showcase event begins at 1:30pm with a buffet lunch and an exhibition featuring the 50 Northwest SMEs undertaking intensive three-year collaborative projects. Displays from the three partner organisations will showcase current research. This event will launch the next phase of the project and explain how additional Northwest businesses can receive free assistance.

    At 2:30pm there will be a series of talks focusing on Eco-Innovation including:

    Welcome address

    Professor Mark E. Smith, Vice Chancellor of Lancaster University

    Mr John Flamson DL, Director of Partnerships & Innovation, University of Liverpool

    An introduction to the Centre for Global Eco-innovation

    Dr Mark Bacon, Centre Co-Director

    Mr Dion Williams, Centre Co-Director

    Keynote speech: Innovation and the Environment

    Lord Drayson of Kensington, Chief Executive of Drayson Racing Technology

    Following the talks the exhibition will continue until 4:30pm. The showcase offers an excellent chance to network with like-minded SMEs, prominent academics in the field of eco-innovation and project staff who will offer guidance and advice on tailored assistance for your organisation.

    About the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

    At the heart of the centre is a team of 50 graduates working on intensive three-year long collaborative research and development projects with Northwest SMEs. The graduates use these collaborations as the basis of a PhD programme of study and are supported by senior academic members of staff, all internationally-recognised experts in their fields.

    In addition to these projects, the centre provides opportunities for up to 235 additional companies in the Northwest to be supported in their development of new products and services through 3-6 month R&D collaborations with a partner university.

    The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the aim is to enhance the absorptive capacity of SMEs for research, development and innovation outcomes.

    For further information and to register your free place please visit:

    European Regional Development Fund Northern Powerhouse
    Partners Department for Business Innovation and Skills Finance Birmingham