Conference Social Programme

These social networking events are included in the full conference registration.  Additional tickets may be purchased when registering for the conference. Please note that onsite tickets will be not available.

We look forward to welcoming you to Manchester!

Welcome Reception

Date:   Tuesday 11 September

Time:  7:00pm

Location:  Museum of Science & Industry

Manchester is a city deeply connected with science and industry. From the first steam-powered mill and microcomputer to the pioneering work conducted in our universities today, innovation is the city's lifeblood.

The Museum of Science and Industry sits in the heart of Manchester, the world's first industrial city. The museum is devoted to the development of science, technology and industry and is located on the site of the oldest passenger railway station in the world.

Permanent exhibitions allow you to explore how the Industrial Revolution started in Manchester and transformed Britain’s cities as well as the lives of its people. You will learn about the men and women whose ideas changed the world forever.

The Revolution Manchester

Our reception will take place in The Revolution Manchester Gallery, which encapsulates the city's history of innovation and offers a unique look into the museum's themes, galleries and collections. Showcasing Manchester's rich legacy of world-changing innovations and scientific discoveries, this distinctive and truly remarkable setting provides guests with the opportunity to mingle among some of the world’s oldest and most fascinating exhibits from the fields of science and engineering, including the first stored-programme computer.

You will also be able to access the Textiles Gallery to see firsthand the machines that made Manchester’s cotton famous worldwide. 

Dubbed 'Cottonopolis', Manchester was once the international centre of the cotton industry, and Oldham’s Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd. built textile machines for mills across the British Empire. The city's landscape is still shaped by its textile heritage. Visit the Textiles Gallery to watch original 19th century machinery.

Gala Networking Event

Date:  Thursday 13 September

Time:  7:00pm

Location:  The Principal Hotel, Manchester

The Ballroom offers a wonderful sense of occasion on a grand scale.  The refurbishment of the building has been lovingly protected and restored the original ornate design. This wonderful space was previously the Dining Hall of Refuge employees, with men and women seated separately.


Things to do in Manchester...........

Sightseeing Manchester Bus Tour - £12.00 p/p

Discover the city’s heritage and how it has grown to be the progressive hub it is today with a 90 minute bus tour.

The 15 stop hop-on hop-off tour has been carefully planned to take you round some of Manchester’s key sights including Town Hall Manchester, National Football Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester United Football Club.

Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from time of purchase if on the bus or from the date chosen if online and you can board any Sightseeing Manchester branded bus during this time. There is one main tour route with recorded commentary in English. For other languages there is a free app which can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play


Free Manchester Walking Tour -

Perfect for locals and visitors alike – this is an entertaining and comprehensive tour about what makes Manchester the city it is today. On these walks, we visit the best-known attractions as well as the lesser-known quirks.

As the #1 rated Tour in Manchester on TripAdvisor, we believe this to be the best way to learn about the city’s history and culture, orientate yourself, meet new people and learn insider tips.

City Centre Cruises -

City Centre Cruises offer a variety of cruises aboard the luxurious restaurant boat 'LS Lowry' discovering the waterways of Manchester and Salford. Leaving the city we can travel to Pomona and decend the lock onto The Manchester Ship Canal and River Irwell, from here you can view the various waterside developments including The Lowry, The Imperial War Museum North and MediaCityUK.

Manchester United Museum and Tour Centre - £18.00,

The Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour offers a behind the scenes look at the world’s most iconic stadium; Old Trafford

Come and sit in José’s seat in the dugout, walk through the players’ tunnel towards the hallowed turf and find the seat of your favourite player in the dressing room. Get a feel for life in the Premier League and immerse yourself in an unrivalled story, the greatest football story ever told.

Bee in the City Art Trail -

A hive of busy Bees has landed in Manchester for the biggest public art trail the city region has ever seen. Bee in the City is brought to you by Wild in Art and Manchester City Council along with presenting partners Well Pharmacy and Virgin Trains, sponsors and supporters.

As part of the event, ‘colonies’ of little Bees designed by local school children, youth groups and adult creative groups, are on display in venues across the city. The little Bees (all 131 of them!) showcase the ideas and creativity of the city’s fledgling artists, for everybody to enjoy.

The Trafford Centre -

Situated just 5 miles outside Manchester city centre, visitors have the choice of over 200 stores along three miles of granite and marble boulevards. Stores range from designer and high fashion favourites, including the first Selfridges outside London, to stylish homewares at Barton Square. 

From tea dances and Mall Walking to fashion shows, book signings, pop concerts and film premieres, there's always something going on. The Centre is also home to 60 restaurants, cafes and bars in The Orient and the opulent Great Hall as well as a 20 screen ODEON cinema, SEA LIFE and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.

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