View events by type

12th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture - The Role of Innovative Manufacturing in Meeting the new 21st Century Challenges

  • Date(s)
    Tuesday, 26 February 2013
  • Time(s)
    Reception at 6:00 | Lecture commences 6:30 PM
  • Venue
    QUB, the Courtyard, Riddel Hall, Stranmillis, Belfast

About the event

In 2000 the Northern Region instituted an annual prestigious lecture in the name of Sir Bernard Crossland which at his instigation is devoted to the regeneration of the manufacturing industry in Northern Ireland.

In the 2013 lecture, Sir David King asks: what are some of the challenges ahead and how can innovative manufacturing help us solve them?  Population growth is a driver for change, but the more drastic change is development and the increased use of resources by the population.  Here, environmental risk management for mankind becomes an opportunity for business to efficiently move ahead.  In order for the most effective solutions to come about, manufacturers must be allowed to flourish in the right atmosphere.  What is needed then is a supportive environment in which governments create the level framework (regulation and opportunities) allowing business to create and take solutions to the marketplace.  These new challenges require new solutions and new economic thinking, increasing the role that manufacturing plays in finding them.

The event will be preceded by a reception at 6.00pm in The Courtyard at Riddel Hall with the address commencing at 6.30pm.

About the speaker

Sir David King is the former Chief Scientific Advisor under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and, during this time, he was instrumental in creating a new £1bh Energy Technologies Institute.  He also chaired the government's Global Science and Innovation Forum, and has advised the government on such issues as the Foot and Mouth epidemic, GM foods, energy provision and innovation and wealth creation.


Admission is free but places must  be reserved by e-mailing