ExIST explores business opportunities and climate change at first event of 2017

By Crediton Courier Newspaper in Local People

ON Thursday, March 9, Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology (ExIST) will be looking into climate change and the opportunities that lie within this for businesses.

The event will be held at the new collaboration suite, which is part of the new Met Office Supercomputer building, finished in 2016.

The Met Office with contractors Willmott Dixon built a specialist IT Hall to house part of the Supercomputer and a Collaboration Space to enable Science and technical advancements through collaborations and partnerships.

Speakers for the first event of 2017 will include Vicky Pope from the Met Office, Glenn Woodcock of Exeter City Futures and Laurence Oakes-Ash from City Science.

Vicky will be highlighting how organisations can make use of Met Office data, products and services to develop innovative applications, helping manage weather related risks and opportunities so that businesses can operate safely, efficiently and profitably.

Exeter City Futures will be presenting Exeter City Futures roadmap to energy independence, looking into the challenges and opportunities to reduce Exeter’s consumption, increase efficiency and adopt better energy sources.

Laurence Oakes-Ash of City Science will be showing delegates how City Science, an ambitious, young technology company, is creating next generation products and services that capture, analyse and interpret city data to optimise transport.

Robert McIlwraith, chairman of ExIST, said: “It was great to see such a high number of delegates at our 2016 events throughout the year and I am looking forward to welcoming both new and existing members of ExIST to our events program for 2017.

"Climate change is high on the agenda for businesses and we are very lucky to be able to bring these speakers together to show not only the threats but explore the opportunities for the business community.

"ExIST are proud to be able to consistently offer a high standard of content at our quarterly events because as a region we have a lot to offer in terms of innovation.”

For more information on this event including booking details, please visit: www.exeterchamber.co.uk .

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