The University of Manchester at ESOF: Tuesday 26 July

Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov

From flying cars to graphene and the environment and big data there’s plenty of University of Manchester knowledge for delegates to tap into at ESOF.

You can see below for all of our events at the conference on Tuesday and don’t forget that outside of the event there’s also our huge OpenLabs programme for delegates and non-delegates alike to get involved in.

All week

Pi with the Prof

The event provides a great opportunity for early-stage career researchers to pose questions and share ideas on the direction of their research, careers and future paths and to have general science discussions – all in an informal atmosphere with a leading professor in their field of interest.

Tuesday, 26 July

Synthetic biology, the pathway to commercialisation

8:30 - 9:45 am

The emerging science of synthetic biology (SynBio) has the potential to transform the industrial landscape in sustainable manufacturing processes across industrial sectors, such as healthcare, sustainable energy, green chemistry, pharmaceuticals, novel materials and bioremediation, and to address major societal grand challenges. This panel debate will discuss these challenges in an open forum.

No soil, no life

10:00 - 11:15 am

Soil is a vibrant but delicate habitat in its own right: a teaspoon of soil can contain more living organisms than there are people on the planet. It is critical to life, but we often take it for granted. We will discuss the challenges to be met and potential solutions and good practices in order to define and implement a strategic approach to soil management and soil biodiversity protection.

In conversation with Sir Andre Geim

11:25 - 12:40 pm

True science is as creative as any art form, but what is creativity? Join us as John Lloyd, BAFTA award winning television producer and writer, quizzes Sir Andre Geim, Nobel laureate in physics, on where ideas come from, what drives him as a scientist and the secret to his success.

"Trust me, I am data" - can data sharing become the trusted foundation of future health?

12:50 - 2:05 pm

We will explore the relationship between the healthcare industry, the research community and the public in the developing healthy and trustworthy models which may allow data to be used for individual and society level benefits.

What drives interdisciplinary excellence?

12:50 - 2:05 pm

By exploring some of the most promising strategies that the European Union, Canada, Denmark and UK have adopted to promote interdisciplinary excellence and top-quality research, we will reflect upon past, present and future drivers of interdisciplinary research, and set the agenda for academic leadership in the future.

Graphene and beyond: a revolution in two dimensions

3:45 - 6:15 pm

Hear from graphene Nobel laureate Sir Kostya Novoselov, as he presents how 2D materials research could spark a revolution in real-world applications, and from Professor Frank Koppens, who discusses how the Graphene Flagship is ensuring that Europe can compete globally in making graphene products a reality.

Nanomaterials and medicine, the building blocks toward an enhanced human?

3:45 - 5:00 pm

Nanomaterials and their use in regenerative medicine have the potential to improve diagnosis and treatment of debilitating diseases including Parkinson’s, cancer and diabetes. Does society want an advanced human, and if so, how far are we prepared to go?

Becoming well together: how nonhuman animals can improve our health and well-being

5:10 - 6:25 pm

Across history, many animal species have contributed to human health and well-being. But how can we better understand these animals and what they do so that new technologies can be developed to support their work?

Arts and sciences: the crossroads of creativity

5:10 - 6:25 pm

Motivated by an on-going project within the European Parliament, we seek to demonstrate that the interaction between artists, scientists and citizens is essential to the development of functional societies, and brings added value to both arts and sciences.