Belfast Telegraph

University innovation panel

Northern Ireland’s business leaders will be urged to “Innovate to succeed” by a line-up of four innovation gurus visiting Belfast next week.

The panel, representing marketing, software engineering and manufacturing, will be at Queen’s University on February 23 to jointly deliver the ninth Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture.

Professor Peter Russo of the Strascheg Institute in Munich, Professor Mandy Chessell of IBM in London, Engineers Ireland President Dr Chris Horn and Mark Nodder of the Wright Group in Northern Ireland will address the theme of, Engineering Innovation – Reinventing Business. They will challenge local business people to examine their approach to the use of innovation in engineering and commerce.

Sir Bernard Crossland, after whom the lecture series is named, said: “The near collapse of our financial services industry has shown us the danger of having too many of our eggs in one basket. It has reminded us of the urgent need to regenerate our manufacturing industry to make a more significant contribution to our Gross National Product.”

A former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Queen's, Sir Bernard was Head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University from 1959 to 1982. He served as an Assessor in the King’s Cross Fire Investigation in 1988 and as Chairman of the Public Hearing into the Bilsthorpe Colliery Accident in 1994.

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