SciBar: Science and the Northern Powerhouse – Brexit and beyond

This month’s SciBar talk is brought to you by Dr Kieron Flanagan, Senior Lecturer in Science & Technology Policy at The University of Manchester with a fascinating presentation on Science and the Northern Powerhouse – Brexit and beyond.

The cities of the North, including Manchester, have long been major centres for scientific research. Today, science and innovation are seen as central to regional economic development policy in the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’. A visible expression of this new interest was the proposed investment of £235m of public money in the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials Research and Innovation in Manchester, which would be the largest single investment in science in the North of England for a generation. At the same time, public investment in science and innovation is ever more focused within the South-East ‘Golden Triangle’, driven by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the pulling power of the London/SE labour market. What are the prospects for a Northern science powerhouse? How might ‘Brexit’ affect these prospects?

This event will take place on Monday 28th November from 5:30pm onwards. The talk will last around 45 mins, with a quick break before a question and answer session and the chance for further discussion while enjoying a few drinks in the cosy settings of the Lass O’Gowrie pub. No scientific background needed, just turn up and join in!