The leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer, and Shadow Chancellor, Rachel Reeves, visited the University of Liverpool’s Materials Innovation Factory (MIF) on Sunday as they took time away from their Party conference.
Sir Keir and Rachel were welcomed to the University by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Jones, alongside Professor Anthony Hollander, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact and Professor Laura Harkness-Brennan, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research & Impact for Science & Engineering.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Jones said: “The MIF is a flagship centre for materials discovery which plays a key role in the UK’s research and innovation capabilities. This visit provided the opportunity to give Sir Keir and Rachel an insight into the MIF’s unique facilities and partnership model, and shine a light on the pioneering work being undertaken at the interface of AI, robotics and chemistry.”
The Royce platforms hosted within the MIF at Liverpool represent a major investment in Digital Materials Discovery which embraces pioneering methods in computer aided design, machine learning, and robotics for materials design and characterisation.