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The Wrexham Symposium: Places and Net Zero

Wrexham University
November 29, 2023 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wrexham University, Mold Road, Wrexham LL11 2AW
This year’s autumn symposium of the Key Cities Innovation Network at Wrexham University discusses the role of universities in the journey of their places towards net zero.
KC / KCIN / APPG members only, free but registration required

Building on the research study “Levelling up, emissions down” and accompanying data dashboard commissioned by the 29-member group of Key Cities earlier this year, the Wrexham Symposium is an opportunity for the twelve universities in the Key Cities Innovation Network to explore with city leaders and stakeholders how they can work together to achieve net zero targets – both through innovative approaches and their own operations.

With keynote speakers including Innovate UK’s Director of Place and Levelling Up Dean Cook, the City of Southampton’s Chief Scientific Officer Professor AbuBakr Bahaj and Gloucester City Council Leader Cllr Richard Cook, the climate portfolio lead for Key Cities, participating universities will present case studies addressing not only their own agency and impact as significant economic actors and employers, but how universities collaborate and engage with other ‘place-based’ stakeholders to travel collectively towards a more sustainable society.

The event is open to representatives from the member universities in the Key Cities Innovation Network and from the 29 Key Cities themselves.

The symposium will open at 11 am with a welcome from Professor Maria Hinfelaar, the Vice-Chancellor of Wrexham University, and close at 4 pm, breaking for lunch from 1-1.45 pm.


photo of Prof. Maria HinfelaarProf. Maria HinfelaarVice-Chancellor, Wrexham University
photo of Dean CookDean CookDirector of Place and Levelling Up, Innovate UK
photo of Prof. AbuBakr BahajProf. AbuBakr BahajChief Scientific Advisor, City of Southampton
photo of Cllr Richard CookCllr Richard CookLeader, Gloucester City Council and Deputy Chair of Key Cities
photo of Prof. Ian WhiteProf. Ian WhiteVice-Chancellor, University of Bath
photo of Dr Shafiul MonirDr Shafiul MonirAssociate Dean, Faculty of Arts, Computing & Engineering, Wrexham University
photo of Kevin VincentKevin VincentDirector Connected & Autonomous Automotive, Coventry University
photo of Dr Bethan GarrettDr Bethan GarrettLecturer Morecambe Bay Curriculum, Lancaster University
photo of Dr Will HawkinsDr Will HawkinsLecturer Structural Engineering Design, University of Bath
photo of Prof. Will SwanProf. Will SwanDirector of Energy House Laboratories, University of Salford
photo of Bec BennettBec BennettAssistant Director of Sustainability, University of Salford
photo of Prof. Karl DaysonProf. Karl DaysonPro Vice-Chancellor Research & Enterprise, University of Salford
photo of Prof. Harris BeiderProf. Harris BeiderPro Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation & Engagement, University of Bradford
photo of Prof. Sandra EstevesProf. Sandra EstevesProfessor in Bioprocess Technology at the University of South Wales
photo of Prof. Ian WilliamsProf. Ian WilliamsProfessor of Applied Environmental Science, University of Southampton

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