Covid-19, Innovation-20

Despite the pandemic, the annual Malvern Festival of Innovation will not be beaten into submission this year, and returns 5th-10th October 2020.

The Next Generation Innovators schools event will be entirely virtual with a curated morning on Tuesday 6th October of exciting contributors participating from around the country. Speakers will talk about their work in science, technology, design and entrepreneurship. We will also be joined by laboratory scientists and engineers giving us a behind-the-scenes tour of their facilities and providing a unique and fascinating insight into STEM careers and tech innovation.

The popular Startup Stories evening on Wednesday 7th October will feature insights from entrepreneurs including Chris Pinder from Malvern’s HD ANYWHERE and Nicky Godding, founding Editor-in-Chief of the region’s Business & Innovation Magazine. Claire Cockerton, Founder and CEO of Plexal behind the Innovation Centre on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London Cyber Innovation Centre (LORCA) will also join us for a fireside chat with Festival Founder Dr Adrian Burden.

On Friday 9th October morning, the Environment & Sustainability business symposium returns with an opening talk from Worcestershire’s BetaDen Cohort 3 member Veritherm on energy efficiency of buildings. Professor Louise Manning, Director of Knowledge Exchange at Royal Agricultural University will speak about smart food systems and the food supply chain, followed by a talk on developments in agritech from Dr Rebecca Charnock, Industrial Research Development Manager at Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus Ltd. The morning’s final contribution will be from the Dr Mark Broomfield, author of popular science book ‘Every Breath You Take: A User’s Guide to the Atmosphere’.

This Family Show on Saturday morning will feature neuroscientist Prof Gina Rippon and author of ‘The Gendered Brain” speaking about sexing the brain and whether there are differences between male and female brains. This will be followed by the National Physical Laboratory’s outreach manager Andrew Hanson MBE explaining the fascinating science of colour, of which there is more than meets the eye!

Dr Adrian Burden explains “As we near the Festival dates, we’re looking carefully to see what we can host safely within the evolving legislation in front of a restricted live audience at The Coach House Theatre and the Malvern Theatres, as well as streaming the events live using Zoom and Facebook for a wider reach.”

Please see https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme for updates and details about registering.