Last week, we opened our doors to the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, to show him how Sensor City is leading the way for sensor technology on a national and global scale.  

The visit came as part of the MP’s innovation finding mission within the Liverpool City Region, which has seen him explore how the region’s strategic knowledge assets are working to establish Liverpool as a global lead for innovation.  

Discussing Sensor City’s plans to create a global hub for sensor technologies, Metro Mayor Rotheram said: “Sensor City is brilliant. Not just as a landmark, but for its incredible capabilities. It is a true leap of faith for the city and the surrounding region. 

“The organisation and building itself embody two of my key priorities: raising aspirations and connectivity. Inspiring young people into making their ideas a reality and setting up a business is central to this, as is creating an environment where people and technology can fuse knowledge with exciting results.” 

Going on to comment on Sensor City’s potential as a key asset, not only for the region, but on a national level, he continued: “Sensor City is a key part of Liverpool City Region’s innovation offer. The LCR4.0 and LJMU’s Activate programmes are just two examples of assets which give the current and next generation of enterprises the tools and capability required to ensure our region creates and establishes the products of the future. 

”Sensor City is a regional and national asset. With world-class lab facilities and expertise combined through the collaboration of Liverpool’s two major universities, this will make the UK a leader in the field of sensor development that will be vital to the growth of all industries.”  

During the tour, Metro Mayor Rotheram also met with members of the Sensor City community, including healthcare innovation agency, Chanua Health. Working to solve some of the biggest challenges in healthcare, mental health and wellbeing, Chanua offers teaching and training solutions to improve the offering of non-stigmatising access to services and support in the industry. 

Later this week, we’ll be welcoming John Alty, Director General of Trade Policy in the Department (DIT) to Sensor City to give him a tour of the building and meet with LJMU’s vice chancellor, Professor Nigel Weatherill, and Sensor City’s executive director, Alison Mitchell. 

Situated in the heart of Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, Sensor City is a joint venture between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University designed to create a global focal point for investment and exploration in sensor-related technology.

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