A short film promoting Manchester’s connection with graphene was launched today at the MIPIM property convention in Cannes.

Graphene: Made in Manchester (which can be viewed below), was produced by The Gate Films and funded by Manchester City Council, MIDAS, The University of Manchester and the European Regional Development Fund.

It was unveiled in a bid to highlight the importance of finding commercial uses for scientific inventions and discoveries. Graphene, which was discovered at The University of Manchester in 2004, is the thinnest, strongest and most conductive material in the world.

Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, said: “The growth and development of Manchester has gone hand in hand with major scientific progress. Alongside atomic theory and the world’s first computer program, Graphene is, without doubt, one of the city’s greatest achievements.

“It is hugely important that we promote graphene’s connection with Manchester. Its discovery is a major coup and demonstrates the kind of innovation that is driving the world forward in the 21st century.

“As the agency charged with promoting the Manchester on a national and international stage, it’s our job to strengthen the city’s reputation as a leading learning destination and YouTube is a great platform from which to do that.”