New Statesman event - 15 July 2021

Biotechnology: reaching net zero

This event, hosted by the New Statesman, will gather insight and opinion from leaders in the field and explore the challenges and opportunities facing our industries and policymakers as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The key topics that will be discussed include:

  • Emerging trends in research and development
  • Data reporting, survey and statistics
  • Analysis of sectors including life sciences, manufacturing, agriculture, and energy
  • Emerging technologies, such as automation, AI and VR

Professor Scrutton will be joined by policymakers such as Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for BEIS and COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment, and Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Science, Research and Digital, as well as business leaders such as Andy Topping, Chief Scientific Officer at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, and sector specialists such as Professor Lionel Clarke, Chair of the UK Synthetic Biology Leadership Council.

The live panel and Q&A will discuss how UK industry - responsible for a quarter of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions - can use biotechnology to reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to the UK's net zero goals. Specifically, they will focus on how biotechnology can create more sustainable chemicals for agriculture, more efficient and greener fuels for transport, and close the gap in our economy to create a circular economy.

The event will start at 2.30pm on Thursday, 15 July. To book tickets, please visit the New Statesman’s event page.

For more information about how The University of Manchester’s biotechnology research is supporting the UK's net zero goals, please visit the net zero campaign page.

Biotechnology is one of the University's research beacons - examples of pioneering discoveries, interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-sector partnerships that are tackling some of the biggest challenges facing the planet.

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