On Monday 14 June, Nobel Laureate Sir Andre Geim (pictured) will be joining some of the brightest minds on the planet – from industry, government, academia, culture and entertainment – to answer the question: ‘How do we get the next 10 years right?’
Andre is Regius Professor at The University of Manchester and was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize with colleague Sir Kostya Novoselov for their groundbreaking work on graphene, the one-atom-thick form of carbon with extraordinary physical properties that is transforming materials science and engineering.
Andre will be speaking at the CogX Festival, the global leadership summit focused on AI and transformational technology. The three-day event runs from 14-16 June and will feature world-leading experts discussing the innovations that will shape the next decade and beyond.
Among other high-profile attendees will be Hollywood actor and investor Robert Downey Jr, legendary musician and philanthropist Nile Rodgers, plus Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, and Dame Vivian Hunt, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company.
Andre will be speaking on the Monday, 14 June, 3:00pm-3:40 pm as part of an in-person session entitled ‘The 2D materials Age’. The presentation will look to explain how progress in material science could drastically change our physical and digital worlds.
A new class of materials
In a recent interview, Andre explained: “Graphene is a new class of materials we were not even aware of just 15 years ago. It was completely hidden from materials science.
“And graphene is not alone, it has many brothers, sisters, cousins, and by now we have probably studied dozens of those, hundreds of those materials.
“If we look at the history of the human race it’s gradually built up from the Stone Age, to the Iron and Bronze ages, etc. We now live in the age of plastics and silicon, so I wouldn’t be surprised that next we will be coming into the age of 2D materials.”
The session will be moderated by Timandra Harkness, a BBC Radio 4 presenter, as well as a writer and comedian.
Graphene@Manchester, the world-leading research and innovation community based at The University of Manchester, will also have a virtual booth at the event where it will showcase how graphene and 2D materials are now going from the lab to market.
Defining the next decade
The CogX Festival gathers the brightest minds in business, government and technology to celebrate innovation, discuss global topics and share the latest trends shaping the defining decade ahead.
The hybrid event will be hosted physically in London’s Kings Cross, and is expecting 5,000 attendees in person plus 100,000 virtually, alongside 1,000 speakers, more than 350 virtual exhibitors, three physical stages and 15 virtual stages, making this year’s CogX Festival more than double the size of that attended by 44,000 in 2020.