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demonstrating their commitment to this northern city as their powerhouse
of graphene research.
The University of Manchester will have a further opportunity to highlight
its pioneering research abilities and future research potential in June
when it hosts Graphene Week 2015. The ninth International Conference
on the Fundamental Science of Graphene and Applications of
Graphene-Based Devices is a celebration of this wonder material and
will see 400 leading academics and scientists from across the world
flock to the city to debate the latest breakthroughs and cutting-edge
applications. Commissioned by the Graphene Flagship, the five-day
event is backed by the university, the NGI and the city of Manchester,
once again representing the significant local support for this minute,
advanced material.
Such multiple and high profile ventures are sealing the importance of
Manchester to graphene research for many years to come. With
graphene products soon due to hit the mass market, developments could
still carry the label ‘Manufactured in China’. However, such breakthroughs
should also rightfully carry the tagline ‘Made in Manchester’.
“It will allow the UK to lead the way in the area
which underpins all manufacturing sectors,
resulting in significant inward investment, the
stickability of innovation, and significant long
term job creation.”
Manchester is also currently the ‘European City
of Science’, a two-year honour that sees the
city host the EuroScience Open Forum in the
summer of 2016. The event is the continent’s
largest general scientific conference, and the
move will attract further attention to the
breakthroughs that are taking place in
graphene in the city. According to Professor
Luke Georghiou, the University of Manchester’s
vice-president for research and innovation,
efforts are being made to make the city “a
worthy successor to Dublin 2012 and
Copenhagen 2014”.
Road to Manchester
The three major multimillion-pound
investments are key testaments to the potential
of the city of Manchester and its major
university. Through the NGI, GEIC and the
Institute of Advanced Materials, the UK
Government, academic institutions and the
private sector, both home and abroad, are
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Manchester is currently
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Science, and there are
plans to create a
‘Graphene City’
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