Growth challenges facing the Liverpool City Region will take centre stage at this year’s Business of Science Conference which is being held in the city for the first time on Thursday 17th May.

The conference will tackle some of the key issues laid out in the City Region’s growth strategy such as Brexit, the image of science, and skills, whilst highlighting the city’s successful role in the development of ground-breaking scientific innovations.

The event, which has been held in Manchester for the past two years, will cover topics such as the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) attraction, business engagement and the acceleration of product development for the region’s future. 

Opening the conference will be vice-chancellor, University of Liverpool, Professor Dame Janet Beer DBE, who will be exploring Liverpool’s role as a centre of science. Steve Rotheram, metro mayor of the Liverpool City Region will be closing the event.

The conference will include presentations, panel discussions, and interactive breakout sessions where attendees can listen, challenge and learn about the business of science within the city region.

 Steve Bennett, managing director of Business of Science Limited said: “We’ve chosen Liverpool to host the third Business of Science Conference because the city offers so much in terms of technology and innovation.

 “The conference is an opportunity for the sector to come together to hear from industry leaders, and raise awareness of the technological, environmental and political challenges required to support the region’s thriving science-related ecosystem.”

Asif Hamid MBE, Chair of Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) added: “As one of Europe’s largest health and life science clusters, we’re delighted to welcome this event to the Liverpool City Region.

“Hosting such an important event for the science-related industries reflects our ambition to position the city region as an international centre of excellence in tackling scientific challenges, like infectious diseases, and ensure the city continues to thrive in globally competitive sectors.”

Returning headline sponsors of the conference BASF will again be joined by Grant Thornton,  PZ Cussons, Arup, Pannone Corporate, The Skills & Growth Company, and STFC. William Blythe, The Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, North West Business Leadership Team, Victrex, Cheshire Science Corridor, Lancaster University, and DominoUK, have come on board for the first time.

Other partners and supporters include TransitionPlus, Wakelet, Fatsoma, Active Profile, Rare Digital, N8 Research Partnership, EEF, and LookOut.

The last wave of tickets for the Business of Science Conference are on sale now. To book yours, visit here.