How to create an innovative collaboration culture to achieve Net Zero

19 July 2021

This event is hosted by Midlands Innovation. You can visit the official event page here or see details below.

Net Zero is not a COP-out: How innovative collaboration is vital in creating a sustainable future for our planet

About this event

Responding to the climate crisis and achieving the Net Zero ambition by 2050 requires much more than investment into green technologies. 

The UK’s vision to become a science superpower to use research for good and the Government’s Ten Point Plan highlights the need for additional skills and integration of ideas at a regional, national and global scale. 

Collaboration between university academics from all disciplines (energy, health, transport water), input from industry, influence from Government and regional stakeholders is vital.

Within the current economic landscape and awaiting the details of the upcoming Innovation Strategy we discuss:

What does innovative collaboration look like? What are the barriers to effective collaboration? How can innovative collaboration accelerate the  commercialisation of low-carbon technologies in the current landscape? How can universities work more closely with industry and key stakeholders to achieve Net Zero?

Midlands Innovation is bringing together keynote speakers from world-class research universities, Innovate UK and industry to tackle these questions during Net Zero Week. 


2:00pm – 2:10pm Welcome and MI Planet Launch

2:10pm – 2:45pm Keynote speakers 

  • Professor Trevor McMillan, Chair of Midlands Innovation and VC for Keele University 
  • Adam Morton, Head of Environmental Technology, Rolls Royce and Chair, Sustainable Aviation

2:45pm – 3:25pm Panel Discussion (Panellists to be announced) 

  • Innovate UK
  • Professor Alasdair Cairns, Director of Powertrain Research Centre at University of Nottingham
  • Faye Mcanulla, Programme Director for Energy Research Accelerator
  • Dr Avi Baruch, Previsico 

3:25pm – 3:30pm Closing remarks 

Join us for this insightful webinar and influence the conversation by telling us what you would like to see to improve innovative collaboration between key stakeholders here .We will also be launching our MI Planet campaign which showcases how the Midlands Innovation universities and our 5,200 researchers in energy technology, transport and health are collaborating with industry to deliver real-world solutions to tackle climate change. Midlands Innovation is a collaboration of eight of the region’s research-intensive universities: Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick. Link to access the webinar will be shared ahead of the event.


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