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Jun 04, 2016 07:05 AM EDT

Manchester Fast Becoming Europe's Centre of Science

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Manchester is on a roll in the science department after securing the conference hosting rights for the upcoming EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) which will bring together 4,500 prominent and leading professionals and researchers from various fields in the scientific world next month.

The ESOF, organized by the EuroScience, serves as the continent's largest interdisciplinary science conference and will be directed by former deputy chief executive of the city, Vicky Rosin, the Manchester Evening News reported.

Rosin, who was already three weeks into her retirement when she was invited to head the program's main committee, has said that the approaching event made her realize that "science and culture are sides of the same coin."

Rosin was appointed to her current position largely because of her 40 years of experience in local and interior government, including leading a major unit in the 2002 Commonwealth Games held in Manchester.

The second biggest city in England after London, Manchester successfully won the right to host the forum after defeating 350 other proposals. It has been the European City of Science since December 2014 when its victory was first announced.

One hundred fifty sessions have been announced, 17 of which will tackle the intersection of science and business.

It is the United Kingdom's first time to host the prestigious gathering. Previous ESOF conferences have been held in major European cities like Dublin in Ireland and Copenhagen in Denmark. Meanwhile, two vital building constructions have been approved by the Manchester city council, the Building UK reported.

One is a £350 million brand new engineering campus for the University of Manchester in Balfour Beatty, the latest one in a £1 billion campus masterplan. It will accommodate six schools, four of which are engineering schools and two are research institutes. The other one is a redevelopment of the BBC's former Oxford Road studio site.

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