News Archive

Tuesday 8th December 2009

Newcastle Science City (NSC) enlisted the help of Voice North to inform and shape the new innovative businesses it aims to create over the next three years.

Thirty members volunteered to share their experiences of daily life to feed in to NSC’s Innovation Machine which aims to create companies by providing solutions to problems.

Tuesday 8th December 2009

A Newcastle company which has developed an advanced system to protect embryos during IVF treatment has won a prestigious award for its innovation.

Vitro Safe Systems, based at Newcastle University, won the CELS Business for Life Innovation category for its interlinked incubator system designed to protect embryos from external conditions during IVF treatment. It picked up the award at a ceremony held at the Gateshead Hilton in November.

Tuesday 8th December 2009

A research unit in Newcastle is developing technology to ensure vulnerable members of society are included in the digital revolution.

The team of researchers at the Digital Economy Research Hub, based at Newcastle University, is using a £12m grant from the UK Research Council to develop technology that could help vulnerable people access the advantages of an increasingly digital world.  Newcastle Science City, which helps the city capitalise on scientific innovation, has endorsed the hub’s work as a valuable social and economic driver for the region.

Sunday 17th May 2009

All of the River Tyne’s proud history of shipbuilding was explored as part of a Heaton Manor School’s Spring science project which was presented to an audience of parents and VIP guests.

Over thirty 12 and 13 year old students learnt about a wide range of different elements of the river from its wildlife and ecology to the port and what environmental aspects helped to build the huge shipbuilding industry on the Tyne.

The students visited the Port of Tyne and the Dove Marine Laboratory in Cullercoats to help with their research.

Wednesday 29th April 2009

One hundred and thirty 11 and 12 years old pupils from Gosforth Central Middle School had a science lesson about space which was out of this world at Kielder Water & Forest Park’s Observatory.

This trip was part of a Newcastle city-wide initiative to make science as interesting and stimulating as possible for students.

Tuesday 28th April 2009

Two Tyneside-based innovation experts have set up a unique business to help source real needs that can be matched with cutting edge scientific solutions to solve people’s everyday problems. Already the company has 100’s of “unmet needs” that could lead to significant innovative business opportunities. Nick Devitt and David Townson have established Innovation Scout (think American Indian) to find and validate ‘unmet needs’ in new and existing markets.

Wednesday 15th April 2009

The secrets behind the construction of the world’s most dramatic buildings and how they stay up, brought physics to life at St Cuthbert and Sacred Heart RC High Schools in Newcastle.

Over 250 pupils aged 11 and 12 years old at both schools had physics lessons where they learnt about forces through examining bridges and buildings such as the high rise blocks in Dubai and structures like the Tyne Bridge.

Wednesday 18th March 2009

Shoppers at Gateshead’s MetroCentre enjoyed a science lesson with their day out as part of Science and Engineering Week. Over 17 different organisations and 230 primary and secondary schoolchildren took part in the science in the malls day which was arranged by The Thomas Hepburn Community School to encourage more people to become interested in science. Various schools put on scientific displays and experiments to showcase their own projects including models of the planets and solar systems and a chance to look at a live sea creatures and the consistency of frozen daffodils.

Monday 9th March 2009

Seven year old Jacob Daglish took 31 of his schoolmates for a free trip to the International Centre for Life as part of his first prize in a Newcastle Science City schools’ photo competition.

The pupils from Ravenswood Primary School, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne started their big day out with a ‘rubbish’ rocket-making workshop. They all made their own rocket out of paper and launched them to see whose creation went the furthest and Jacob was one of the winners for that as well!

Wednesday 4th March 2009

Phil Pattison, 48, from Gosforth has been appointed financial director of Newcastle Science City, a key appointment for the multi-million pound project. His responsibilities include setting up an independent limited company to govern Newcastle Science City’s (NSC) activities and managing the financial elements of the business. Phil will also be involved in NSC’s business development programme by assisting new science ventures on all aspects of financial management and fund raising. His career started with Northern Rock plc, followed by a number of years with Marks & Spencer plc.