Celebrity scientist Prof Brian Cox will be the headline speaker on the Manchester at MIPIM itinerary this year.
Cox will deliver a keynote speech at the property convention in Cannes next month, exploring how the connections between people and places have the power to change the world.
The speech will form one of Manchester's six stand events at MIPIM, which take place at stand B1.00 from 12 to 15 March. The speech will be streamed live via www.manchesteratmipim.com at 14.30 GMT (15.30 CET) on Tuesday 12 March.
Other speakers confirmed to represent the Manchester at MIPIM Partnership include:
- Dan Lejerskar, co-founder and chairman of Californian technology firm Eon Reality, which has opened a 3D visualisation school at Central Park
- Rowena Burns, chief operating officer of Bruntwood and chief executive of Manchester Science Parks
- Mike Emmerich, chief executive of New Economy
- Charlie Cornish, chief executive of Manchester Airports Group
- David Pringle, director of NOMA at the Co-operative Group
- Mark Watts, director of Arup
During three separately themed days, the Manchester at MIPIM Partnership will highlight major developments and construction projects across the city-region. These will be:
Tuesday 12 March: Lead – Looking at how Manchester is leading the way and setting new standards across research, arts and entertainment, science and technology
Wednesday 13 March: Link – Highlighting connectivity in Manchester, in terms of its transport and international links, as well as the city's digital infrastructure
Thursday 14 March: Live – Focusing on Manchester's quality of life, its sense of place and efforts to encourage sustainable and low carbon lifestyles.
Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, the agency that leads on the city's presence at MIPIM, said: "Prof Cox is a fantastic ambassador for Manchester and a welcome addition to the series of Manchester at MIPIM Partnership events.
"His involvement with our activity this year exemplifies the city's truly unique approach to its planning and development. With the support of 45 partners and a lively and engaging week of activity planned, Manchester will once again be a significant focal point for the international property community this March."
The Manchester stand sessions take place at 10.30 and 15.30 CET (09.30 and 14.30 GMT) each day during MIPIM.
The main sponsors of Manchester at MIPIM 2013 are Manchester Airport Group, Midas, and NOMA.
Partners for Manchester at MIPIM 2013 include Aecom / Davis Langdon, Arup, Bluemantle, Bridging Finance, Bruntwood, Building Design Partnership, Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund and Argent Development Partnership, Ian Simpson Architects, Laing O'Rourke, MediaCo, Siemens, and Your Housing Group.
Associate members are Addleshaw Goddard, AEW Architects, Allied London, Ask Property Developments, AstraZeneca, Barton Willmore, Bolton Council, Capital Properties, Deloitte Real Estate, DWF, Denton Corker Marshall, GA Studio Architects, Gateley, GVA, Himor Group, ISG Construction, Leach Rhodes Walker, Lend Lease Construction, Lewis & Hickey Architects, Mace, Nikal, Oldham Council, Overbury, Pannone Solicitors, RE:Systems, Savills, Stride Treglown, Town Centre Securities, WHR Property Consultants, and Willmott Dixon.