Lancaster University to host virtual exchange event tackling climate change and economy

Strengthening our community, enhancing economic growth and tackling the climate emergency will be top of the agenda at a community event next month.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 9:15 am
The Lancaster Exchange, a virtual and interactive event organised by Lancaster University, will take place on Thursday, May 13.

The Lancaster Exchange, a virtual and interactive event organised by Lancaster University, will take place on Thursday, May 13 (from 2pm to 4pm) and all members of the community are invited to take part.

The exchange, the second of its kind, takes on the theme of ‘Stronger Together’ this year and will encourage local people and organisations to identify how the university can work with its communities to build stronger, more inclusive, prosperous and sustainable partnerships which create positive change across the region.

Pro-Chancellor and chair of the university’s governing body, the Rt Hon Alistair Burt, will welcome everyone.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Andy Schofield will then provide an update – an insightful glimpse into the university and its plans for the future.

This will be followed by an opportunity to ask plenty of questions and, after a short break, take part in one of three breakout discussion groups including:

*Partnerships for our place - Exploring how collaborative partnerships across the region can strengthen our communities

*Partnerships for growth - Discussing how we can work together to create inclusive economic development and growth

*Partnerships for sustainable futures - Examining ways in which we can collaborate on environmental sustainability

Prof Schofield said: “We had to cancel the 2020 event because of the pandemic so we really are delighted to be able to host the Lancaster Exchange 2021 – albeit virtually.

“Part of Lancaster University’s role as a civic leader is to engage actively with our communities and contribute to the growth and development of our place.

“The Lancaster Exchange provides a great opportunity to share ideas on how we can develop and retain skills, bring community groups together and work with innovative businesses to lead the way in tackling climate change and we are keen to hear views from across the region.

“This is a chance to discuss and demonstrate how we are stronger together, for the benefit of our whole community.”

To book your place and your choice of breakout discussion group please go online here.

For any queries about The Lancaster Exchange, contact the Events Team at [email protected] or on 01524 592994.