UK~IRC Innovation Summit 2012: Creative Industries and Vibrant Places

UK~IRC Innovation Summit 2012

Date: 30 November 2012

Venue: The University of Manchester

Event Outputs: 2012 Summary Report, speaker podcasts and a live newsfeed from the day.

About the Summit

The one day conference will consider how culture and the arts can influence economic performance and the quality of life. The event will focus on the creative industries which have been identified as vital for future economic growth. The Summit will examine the key drivers of innovation and new forms of business models in creative industries. Consideration will also be given to how the cultural sector can contribute to vibrant places helping to create local ‘buzz’, which helps to attract skilled labour and high-growth businesses.

The Summit was held at the Chancellors Conference Centre in Manchester,


The UK~IRC are pleased to announce that the sponsors for this event were The BBC and The University of Manchester.


The event included 3 core sessions with industry speakers drawn from creative sectors, discussing:

  • Cultural and creative industries
  • The contribution of the arts and humanities to the commercial landscape
  • Building creative places
Time Session
09.00-09.30 Welcome Coffee and registration
09.30-10.00 Welcome and Introductions –

  • Professor Alan Hughes, UK~IRC Director
  • Professor Rod Coombes, Deputy President of the University of Manchester
10.00-11.30 Session 1: Cultural and Creative Industries

  • BBC Spokesperson
  • David Dochery, Council for Industry & Higher Education (CIHE)
  • Stephen Hodder, Royal Institute of British Architechts (RIBA)
11.30-12.00 Coffee Break
12.00-13.30 Session 2 – The Contribution of the Arts and Humanities to the Surrounding Commercial Landscape

  • Geoffrey Crossick, University of London
  • Mark Llewellyn, Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • Richard Russell, Arts Council
13.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 Session 3 – Building Creative Places

  • Ian Dowson, William Garrity Associates
  • Professor John Goddarrd, Newcastle University
  • Rashik Parmar, IBM

Closing Remarks

16.15 Conference Ends