Science in the City
Meet Ian Blatchford, the Director of the National Science Museum this morning. Next year, Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry ( MoSI ) will become part of the national museum, a move that is very much welcomed by the City Council. Science, including such notable figures as Joule and Dalton, has been integral to the development of Manchester as a great city. MoSI has a great story to tell and in telling it can not only boost visitor numbers to the city but inspire a new generation of Mancunians to become scientific pioneers.
The city is still a home to great science, our joint Nobel Prize winners, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, the discoverers of Graphene, being along with Brian Cox, the best known practioners. We certainly intend to give the National Science Museum every support we can to bring MoSI up to date, to make it a key part of Manchester's Cultural Ambition, to tell the Manchester story, and inspire Manchester's future.
There is a direct linkage between this, and yesterday's meeting of the Local Enterprise Partnership. There, we had a presentation from a group representing the NHS, local authorities, and the universities about the potential contribution life-sciences and medical research could make not only to a healthier city, but also to a far more economically successful one. The combination of Univerities and teaching Hospitals, in the Corridor's case, in close proximity, gives a very strong base to be a centre of excellence for practical research long in to the future, and we will be seeking to develop an action plan to do just that over the next few months. Later yesterday, I met with Lord Stephen Green, the current Trade Minister. there is a shared agenda between governmeent and the Manchester City-Region around international trade and foreign investment. Our own Manchester Independent Economic Review suggested that companies that trade internationally tend to be more productive and grow faster than those that don't, and that not enough Manchester companies are trading internationally. Our key message to the Minister is that if we want to meet a shared objective of getting 25% more companies trading internationally over the next few years, we need to get added value from national agencies and contractors working in partnership through agreed protocols with local agencies like MIDAS and the recently launched Growth Hub.