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The theme ‘From Earth to Space and Beyond’ represents the strength and diversity of local businesses, who are involved in all aspects of science and technological innovation – from micropropagation to space engineering – and looks to the future of science and innovation.
The event, to be held on the first day of Leicester Business Festival aims to showcase the diversity of technology, science and engineering businesses in the UK East Midlands, including BioScience, Chemistry & Life Sciences, Design & Engineering, Information & Comms technologies, Materials, Space Science and Automotive sectors.
When LATi was founded 20 years ago, the Internet was in its infancy. However, there were some dramatic advances in technology, life sciences and space science.
What happened in 1996 ...
+ NEAR Shoemaker Spacecraft launched – landing on 433 Eros asteroid in 2001
+ NASA launched the Mars Global Surveyor
+ Dolly the sheep was successfully cloned
+ Google search engine started life – known as ‘Backrub’
+ First verion of Java programming language released
+ Grover’s quantum database algorithm published
+ Sildenafil is patented by Pfizer
+ Magnetic refridgeration successfully demonstrated
+ APS film format introduced
So, what’s next … ?
Hear how our science past and science future is connected
Futurist, Christopher Barnatt is to give a talk at the LATi 2016 Showcase entitled ‘The Next Big Thing’, looking at developments in local digital manufacturing, AI, robotics, obtaining resources from space, and transhuman medical advances.
Christopher has published eleven books and numerous articles, including The Next Big Thing, 3D Printing, Seven Ways to Fix the World, and 25 Things You Need to Know about the Future. His writing addresses issues such as the challenges and technologies that will shape the future, creating a more sustainable future and digital manufacturing.
Outline Conference Agenda
+ Jon Walker, Director of Enterprise Development at Loughborough University – one of the instigators of LATI – talking about the vision for LATi in 1996
+ Dr Rose Deakin of The Crop Club – talking about importance of plants and propagation, the future of planting, building seed banks and sustainability
+ Andy Bowyer of Magna Parva – talking about manufacturing for a future in space and beyond, and the challenges of building technology that won’t be used in operation for a decade or more
+ Christopher Barnatt – of Explaining the Future – talking about ‘What’s next …’ looking at developments in local digital manufacturing, AI, robotics, obtaining resources from space, and transhuman medical advances
Headline Sponsors & Exhibitors
Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP)
imago -– award-winning hotels, conferencing and events
Web Chat Live
Synergy Logistics Ltd
Veolia Water Technologies (Elga)
Medilink East Midlands
Department for International Trade
The Sales Company
Dynamic Flow Technologies
Bennett Engineering Design Solutions
Loughborough University Business Services
Loughborough University Space Incubator
Nottingham Trent University & Enabling Innovation
University of Nottingham – Mixed Reality Lab
East Midlands Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence EMBRACE
DeltaNet International Limited
Energy Technologies Institute
Shirley HR Ltd
Eureka Innovative Solutions
The Crop Club
Headline Sponsor > Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP) offers top specification office, studio and laboratory space and fully-serviced plots for design and build. Proximity to Loughborough University ensures organisations benefit from a unique campus partner package of R&D, specialist research facilities, graduate recruitment, and business, conference and leisure services.
Venue sponsor > imago, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016, imago unifies Loughborough University’s conference and events venues under one brand, providing high quality meeting spaces, venues and accommodation along with excellent sports and leisure facilities.
Design & Graphics Sponsor > Crayfish Design created the LATi 20th logo and banners and LATi Showcase 2016 artwork, banners and logo. Crayfish Design is a graphic design agency devoted to producing sustainable solutions that are tailored to your needs and the requirements of your audience.
Social Media Sponsor > BizPaul.com is a social media consultancy specialising in providing strategic advice on audience growth and engagement that results in better reach, more sales and improved customer service. Focusing on the practical methods that deliver results, BizPaul.com shows businesses how to achieve social media greatness themselves without breaking the bank.
This event is relevant to enterprises involved in innovation projects and people who work in high-tech, science and engineering, and businesses that support the sector. This is a serious networking event for people who work in BioScience, Chemistry & Life Sciences, Earth Science, Design & Engineering, Information & Comms technologies, Materials, Space Science and Automotive sectors.
Companies based on Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP) as well as LATI members from across the East Midlands will be exhibiting.
Refreshments, wine, soft drinks and buffet eats to be served – kindly sponsored by LATi 2016 Showcase sponsors and Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP)