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Journeys to Net Zero: Collaboration Showcase

A showcase of business/university collaboration aiming to deliver low carbon innovations

Eco-I NW partner logos which include: European Regional Development Fund, Northern Powerhouse

Tuesday 12th July, 1pm - 6pm, Lancaster University Management School

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As the Eco-I North West Partnership enters its mid-way point, the sheer volume of research being undertaken is quite significant. There is a wealth of content to showcase and knowledge to share. Led by Lancaster University, Eco-I NW is a £14m programme of innovation support to North West SMEs, collaborating across HEIs including the universities of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores, Manchester Metropolitan, Cumbria and Central Lancashire.

This event celebrates the success of our collaborative approach, linking together universities, businesses and communities to tackle climate related challenges. You’ll hear from keynote speakers, have the opportunity to network with business and academic colleagues and visit our busy exhibition hub. We hope this will give a real melting pot of innovation, ideas and expertise across low carbon themes.

A photograph of Michael Pawlyn

Keynote Speaker – Michael Pawlyn

Michael Pawlyn has been described as an expert in regenerative design and biomimicry. He established his firm Exploration Architecture in 2007 to focus on high performance buildings and solutions for the circular economy. The company has developed a ground-breaking office project, an ultra-low energy data centre, a zero waste textiles factory and progressive solutions for green cities.

Prior to setting up Exploration, he worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that designed the Eden Project. He is regularly booked as a keynote speaker on innovation and his TED talk has had over 2million viewings. Michael jointly initiated the widely acclaimed Sahara Forest Project; the latest version of which was opened by the King of Jordan in 2017.In 2019 he co-initiated ‘Architects Declare a Climate & Biodiversity Emergency’ which has spread internationally with over 7,000 companies signed up to addressing the planetary crisis.

Since 2018 he has been increasingly providing advice to national governments and large companies on transformative change. His book Biomimicry in Architecture has been RIBA Publications’ best-selling title. His latest book, titled Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency, co-authored with Sarah Ichioka, was published by Triarchy Press in December 2021.

Eco-I NW

Eco-I NW is a £14m research and development support project for businesses across England's North West, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Eco-I NW is delivered by the universities of Lancaster, Cumbria, Liverpool John Moores, Liverpool, Central Lancashire and Manchester Metropolitan