It gives us great pleasure to invite you to Manchester next July for MH2014, the 27th meeting in a distinguished series of conferences dating back to 1968.
Manchester is a very vibrant city – the birth place of the Industrial Revolution but now fully updated, with the original Victorian architecture fully renovated to suit a modern city. It is surrounded on three sides by the Pennines, where water power was first used to drive the textile mills. We have a wide selection of restaurants with a range of international cuisine unrivalled in the UK outside London. The city provides an international concert hall, where the Halle orchestra is based, and a number of excellent theatres. The conference will be based in one of these at The Lowry arts centre, where our plenaries will make use of the smaller of two auditoriums. The Lowry is part of the recently developed Media City – a centre for the arts – built round the docks of the Manchester Ship Canal.
This venue is ideal for our conference on Metal-Hydrogen Systems – Fundamentals and Applications, following the very successful MH2012 held in Kyoto, Japan. We will be presenting the latest advances in both the fundamental science of metal-hydrogen systems and in their applications in a variety of areas – in particular hydrogen storage systems for use with fuel cell propulsion as is being adopted in transportation applications. The conference will coincide with the expected launch of a range of new hydrogen/fuel cell models from the major international car manufacturers. We are planning an exhibition of some of these vehicles on the piazza in front of the BBC building in Media City.
We are also arranging what we hope will be a memorable social programme, with a reception in the Museum of Science and Industry, amongst the early machinery from the Industrial Revolution. There will also be an excursion to one of the original textile mills set in beautiful countryside. The conference dinner will be held at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United - and for those who are interested, we can arrange guided tours around the hallowed turf!
Manchester also provides an ideal centre for the trips that we will be organising for accompanying persons.
On behalf of the organising committee, we very much look forward to welcoming you to Manchester in July 2014.
Professor Keith Ross,
Chair, MH2014 Organising Committee
Professor Gavin Walker,
Co-Chair, MH2014 Organising Committee
If you have any questions regarding MH2014, please do not hesitate to contact us.