Advanced materials event hosted by GM LEP explored the future for global cities by 2038, when Greater Manchester aims to have achieved net carbon neutrality.

The twin challenges of climate change and coronavirus are likely to have accelerated innovation in advanced materials to support low carbon growth.

That was one of the conclusions of a roundtable discussion between senior commentators from industry, academia and public sector policy.

Hosted by GM LEP in partnership with MIDAS, Greater Manchester’s inward investment agency, and Graphene@Manchester, part of The University of Manchester, Material Gains: Building better cities for people and the planet, was led by Alok Jha, science correspondent with The Economist.

Panellists were Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, GM LEP board member and President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester; Tim Newns, CEO of MIDAS; Dr Beenish Siddique, founder and CEO of AEH Innovative Hydrogel; and James Baker, CEO of Graphene@Manchester.

They were asked for their views of the likely shape of Greater Manchester and other global cities by 2038.

Watch the video for a replay of the session.