6th National Science Cities
         Summit
    8th October 2009
      Assembly Rooms, Bath
National Science Cities Summit

           Professor Neil T. Gorman, D.L.
  Vice-Chancellor, Nottingham Trent University, ...
The Importance of Science Cities



• The UK needs an economy with Science & Technology at its heart,
  generating sustain...
Impressive Research Profiles

• A rough analysis of RAE 2008 results
• Covering Units of Assessment 1 to 32 – from
  Cardi...
Progress




Progress in the 6 Science Cities




                                   5
Birmingham

•   Intelligent Zero-Emissions
    Vehicle Demonstrator
•   Collaborative project between
    universities of ...
Bristol

• Fighting liver cancer
• A technique that uses microwaves to destroy liver tumours, based
  on technology pionee...
Bristol

• Venturefest South West - a series of events to bring together
  money and ideas.
• A success for over 10 years....
Manchester

• MIMIT (Manchester Integrating Medicine & Innovative Technology).
• The first and only international affiliat...
Newcastle

            •   Pilot project of the
                Newcastle Innovation
                Machine
            •...
Nottingham




             11
Joint Research in Science Cities – E.g.
Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham
                Fight...
Joint Research in Science Cities – E.g.
Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham
  Prostate Cancer & P...
York

• Science City York has
   – helped 120 businesses,
   – created 54 businesses,
   – safeguarded 680 jobs, and
   – ...
Lord Drayson Backs Science

• Ring-fenced science budget
• Maintaining investment in pure, fundamental science as
  well a...
Key Priorities

• Promoting the key role of Science Cities
• Making the case for the funding of science in a period of
  t...
6th National Science Cities
         Summit
    8th October 2009
      Assembly Rooms, Bath
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  1. 1. 6th National Science Cities Summit 8th October 2009 Assembly Rooms, Bath
  2. 2. National Science Cities Summit Professor Neil T. Gorman, D.L. Vice-Chancellor, Nottingham Trent University, and Chair of Nottingham Science City 2
  3. 3. The Importance of Science Cities • The UK needs an economy with Science & Technology at its heart, generating sustainable growth • Science is the global language • Variation in maturation of the science cities • Variation in resourcing of science city activities • Need to demonstrate impact of outputs – Funding following impact? 3
  4. 4. Impressive Research Profiles • A rough analysis of RAE 2008 results • Covering Units of Assessment 1 to 32 – from Cardiovascular Medicine to Geography and Environmental Studies - shows nearly: • 5,000 Scientific Researchers in the UK’s 6 Science Cities 4
  5. 5. Progress Progress in the 6 Science Cities 5
  6. 6. Birmingham • Intelligent Zero-Emissions Vehicle Demonstrator • Collaborative project between universities of Birmingham and Coventry, Microcab, Tempus Computers, BT and RDM • Project has contributed to UK’s first hydrogen filling station on the Birmingham Campus, which has attracted companies such as Nissan to run trials • Centre for Ocular Allergy • Collaborative project between universities of Aston and Worcester • E.g. sustained release of drugs from contact lenses • Case study in Innovation Nation White Paper, & Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 6
  7. 7. Bristol • Fighting liver cancer • A technique that uses microwaves to destroy liver tumours, based on technology pioneered by scientists from Bath University, has treated more than 100 patients in the UK and is now being used worldwide • The technology resulted from ongoing research at Bath University into the use of microwaves in medical therapy, starting with Microwave Enometrial Ablation, a treatment for women with menorrhagia and menometrorrhagia • This research has led to the development and production of a microwave generator and probe to treat primary and secondary cancers, which is now being manufactured by Acculis Ltd 7
  8. 8. Bristol • Venturefest South West - a series of events to bring together money and ideas. • A success for over 10 years. From the original series in Oxford, it is now established in Yorkshire (with the support of Science City York). • Attracting investors and providing ongoing support. • Meeting unmet needs – e.g. non-graduates/non-university staff/ companies not based in incubator units nor science parks. • BioBlitz - a 30-hour race again the clock where scientists, naturalists, students, members of public, schools and community groups worked together to find and identify wildlife in the Ashton Court Estate, Bristol. • Creating a flagship project for International Year of Biodiversity 2010. 8
  9. 9. Manchester • MIMIT (Manchester Integrating Medicine & Innovative Technology). • The first and only international affiliate of the highly successful Centre for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) programme in Boston USA. • MIMIT is designed to give healthcare and medical device SMEs a new way of working with clinicians, to identify specific ideas for new products to improve patient care. • MIMIT technologies are now attracting an impressive range of leveraged resources including – proof of concept funding, – investment deals from business angels and Venture Capital, – intellectual property licences, and – £1.3m Science Bridges award from RCUK to support further UK/USA collaboration. 9
  10. 10. Newcastle • Pilot project of the Newcastle Innovation Machine • Insight-led • A systematic way of identifying unmet needs, identifying solutions to meet those needs, and creating compelling businesses, which can then be financed to become independent 10
  11. 11. Nottingham 11
  12. 12. Joint Research in Science Cities – E.g. Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham Fighting Alzheimer’s 12
  13. 13. Joint Research in Science Cities – E.g. Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham Prostate Cancer & Predictive Markers of Cancer 13
  14. 14. York • Science City York has – helped 120 businesses, – created 54 businesses, – safeguarded 680 jobs, and – facilitated 181 learning opportunities. • In the last 18 months, Science City York has led bids bringing more than £3.7M investment to the City and region. • Nearly a further £20M investment is on the way from the EU • Science City York Phoenix Centre opened 2009 – now the base for 12 young companies. • Annual York Festival of Science and Technology - audience of more than 15,000 14
  15. 15. Lord Drayson Backs Science • Ring-fenced science budget • Maintaining investment in pure, fundamental science as well as in applied science • Maintaining a broad base • Boosting the numbers of pupils taking triple science at GCSE • Sticking to the Haldane principle in setting our research priorities i.e. researcher led rather than politician led • Identifying where our competitive advantage lies and playing to our strengths – medical research 4 February 2009 15
  16. 16. Key Priorities • Promoting the key role of Science Cities • Making the case for the funding of science in a period of turmoil – Recession and the impact on corporate R&D spend – Change of government • HE policy • Science and research council policy • Health research – Future of the RDAs – Wellcome Trust and other major charitable bodies • The faces may change, but there must be no room for policymakers to forget the importance of science. 16
  17. 17. 6th National Science Cities Summit 8th October 2009 Assembly Rooms, Bath

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