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Networking at our Cambridge forum

We are expanding our networking opportunities at our Cambridge forum in November. This forum will focus on the development of our 'science cities' and will be held at Newnham College, Cambridge University.

There will be an extra networking session half way through the conference as well as introductions on arrival and two workshop round table exercises where attendees will move round the tables to connect with a range of guests. Members of the forum have first choice on which tables they sit.

The Office for Life Sciences' Director Tamsin Berry will be speaking at our forum on the growth of life science clusters in the UK, along with the search for international talent and the city environments and infrastructure that encourage innovation and collaboration, while creating a high quality place for the people that work and live there.

Other contributors will include Dr Bruno Holthof (CEO, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), Dr Mike Snowden (Head of Discovery Sciences, AstraZeneca), Alex van Someren (Managing Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners), Dr David Hardman (CEO Innovation Birmingham), Rory Maw (Board Director, The Oxford Science Park and Bursar, Magdalen College Oxford University), Hon. Matthew Bullock (Transforming Pathology Partnership and Master of St. Edmund’s College Cambridge) Stephen Kelly, Director of Planning & Economy, Cambridge City Council, Vicky Stubbs (Chief Risk Officer of the Cambridge Building Society) Simon Payne, (CEO of Lambsquay Consulting) and Julia Foster (Managing Partner of planning consultancy David Lock Associates).

The themes are an expansion of the knowledge cluster and R&D partnership discussions that Future Cities Forum held with Imperial College London (John Francis, Head of Financial Strategy), developer Mitsui Fudosan, David Probert (CEO of Moorfields Eye Hospital) and also Peter Ward, Head of Real Estate Development at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust earlier this year and in October 2018.

Questions to be covered at the Cambridge event will include: With the interest in the growth of science hubs, how do cities accommodate incoming talent - with modern transport infrastructure and good quality affordable housing? How can we ensure the best opportunities for R&D and tech transfer collaboration across public and private sectors, especially in biosciences and life sciences? How does the growth of knowledge hubs shape a city’s architecture and planning? What are the discussions that councils need to have with developers, investors and urban infrastructure experts to protect cities and plan future needs – across technology, transport and housing? How do we plan for disease control in city populations and cyber-attacks to our healthcare systems? How will Brexit affect the science brain drain and the influx of medicines to cities? How can arts and sciences combine to build the strength of a city’s identity and sustainable culture?

The forum is being supported by round table discussions both before and after the conference and there will be a workshop exercise at the event involving all guests and contributors to draw together research for the Future Cities Forum on-line community.

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