Join our world-leading experts aboard a hydrogen barge at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week to discover how our world-class academics are providing pioneering solutions to challenging present and future dilemmas.

As the Conservative Party Conference 2016 returns to Birmingham this Sunday, the University of Birmingham will be hosting a Speakers' Corner, offering conference attendees the opportunity to engage with our experts on issues as diverse as migration, elected mayors, health and social care, gravitational waves and antibiotic resistance.

ICC barge

Our Speakers' Corner will be held on the University’s innovative hydrogen barge, the “Ross Barlow”, which will be moored at the back of the ICC (Secure Zone).

Monday October 3rd

Professor Kiran Trehan on Small Business and the Economy, 10:00 - 11:00

Professor Laura Piddock on Antibiotics and Health, 14:00 – 15:00

Professor Jenny Phillimore on Migration and Superdiversity, 16:00 – 17:00

 Tuesday October 4th

Professor Martin Freer on The Future of Energy, 10:00 – 11:00

Professor Alberto Vecchio and Professor Andreas Freise on Discovering Gravitational Waves, 12:00 – 14:00

Professor Catherine Staite on Elected Mayors, 14:00 – 15:00

Dr Danielle Beswick on International Development, 15:00 – 16:00

Professor Melanie Calvert on Primary Care and General Practice, 16:00 – 17:00

Wednesday October 5th

Professor Jon Glasby on Health and Social Care for Older People , 10:00 - 11:00

Conference goers can also board the hydrogen barge to hear from our expert behind its conception, Professor Rex Harris, who will discuss how this inexhaustible resource is the fuel of the future.

For more information please contact Deborah Walker, Head of Communications on +44 (0) 121 4145134. Out of hours please call +44 (0) 7789 921165 or email