NewsNewcastle Science City – March update

Newcastle Science City – Update March 2010

2010 promises to be an exciting and challenging year for Newcastle Science City and we are grateful for your continuing support. As part of our proactive media programme we will soon be distributing an ‘Essential Guide to Newcastle Science City.’ 

In the meantime, this briefing sheet will update you on some of the latest developments at Newcastle Science City. Please help us spread the word by passing this briefing on to colleagues and friends.

We look forward to working with you all in 2010.

Our vision

Newcastle Science City is a driving force bringing together the people, businesses and educational institutions across our city, in science and innovation.

Our ambition is to ensure that Newcastle is synonymous with science excellence; in ageing and health at Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing and Health; in stem cell and regenerative medicine at The International Centre for Life; and in sustainability, which will be the focus of the Science Central site, a 24-acre development in the heart of Newcastle city centre.

Our role is to maximise the potential of the city’s science base by supporting the creation of new businesses, attracting investment, strengthening science networks and ensuring that the local population, especially young people, can become part of our continued scientific achievement.

Key messages

  • Newcastle Science City is not a just a site, nor a single company, but a city-wide collaboration bringing together people, businesses and educational institutions to further scientific achievement and innovation in Newcastle
  • The partnership aims to promote Newcastle as a city of science excellence; support the creation of science-based businesses, work with the local community and co-ordinate the delivery of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) subjects in schools.
  • Newcastle is leading the way in research in the areas of Ageing & Health, Sustainability and Stem Cell Technology.
  • Newcastle as a Science City is aiming to create 500 new high growth companies by 2025.

Newcastle Innovation Machine (NIM)

The NIM is an insight-led business model which aims to support the creation of science-based businesses in the Newcastle region.

The model focuses around delivering products and services that people want, from technology that is already available. It starts with market need and then establishes whether this need could be met more effectively by identifying competitive advantage through technological, customer, supply, and business model insights, creating a compelling business proposition.

Newcastle Science City is working with entrepreneurs and businesses across the region using the model to help create and develop business ideas. First Friday helps drive this innovation, enabling entrepreneurs to meet, engage and learn from each others’ experiences.

Further information about NIM and the business support available through Newcastle Science City is available on our website.

Science Central

  • The science focus of the site will be sustainable sciences including the areas of transport, energy, marine and urban sustainability.
  • The 24-acre site is the largest city centre development opportunity for a decade.  Development is planned over a number of key phases, which will be delivered over the next 15-20 years.
  • The first phase is now underway with delivery by private sector partners and includes; 100,000sq.ft Newcastle University Business School and 170 room 4-star hotel due to complete summer 2011. The second phase build which will include a Gateway Building and Sustainability Centre will commence at the beginning of 2012.

Spread the word!

Help us spread the Newcastle Science City message worldwide. You can support us by;

  • Using the NSC logo on your website and marketing materials 
  • Inviting guests to our First Friday events
  • Forwarding this briefing and our monthly e-bulletin to colleagues
  • Following us on Twitter at

Please contact us on 0191 231 2200 to find out more.