NSC Monthly Update
Transforming your tomorrow
Dr Peter Arnold
CEO of Newcastle Science City
Science Highlights

On behalf of everyone at Newcastle Science City, I would like to welcome you to our first monthly e-bulletin.

2010 will be an exciting and challenging year. Our critical areas of focus are: maximising Newcastle’s reputation as a city of science; stimulating business growth and co-location opportunities; and increasing community engagement, as well as local ownership of the Newcastle Science City brand.

As well as the e-briefing, we will be embarking on a proactive media programme for Newcastle Science City and our partners, organising an event showcasing latest developments and rolling out fresh marketing materials to communicate with audiences inside and outside the region.

I must extend thanks to Professor Chris Brink, Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University, for contributing towards this inaugural e-brief within our ‘spotlight’ section. This spot is open to all our stakeholders, so please do get in touch if you would like to feature in one of this year’s editions.

NSC News Update
Newcastle ScienceFest

The annual Newcastle Science Festival, a 10 day celebration of science in venues across the city, attracted record visitor numbers in its most successful year to date.

More than 50,000 people from across the UK visited the festival with over 200 international contributors, from as far afield as Holland, Germany and the US.

The festival aims to engage people with science, highlighting the importance of science to everyday life and stimulating enthusiasm for it in the north east, and in particular to encourage young people to consider a career in this area.

For more information visit the ScienceFest website.

Tyneside & Northumberland Business Awards

Newcastle Science City presented the Award for Innovation at the annual Tyneside Business Awards earlier this month.

Phil Pattison, Financial Director at Newcastle Science City, presented the award to Attends Health Care, an international company based in Newcastle.

Phil said; “We were delighted to sponsor the Award for Innovation, as innovation is at the heart of everything we do, and everything that Newcastle Science City is working to encourage and support. Our Newcastle Innovation Machine aims to support innovation in science to create new high growth companies in the region. Attends Health Care is one of many companies in the North East who are driving business growth through innovation in their product development.”

To find out more about the Newcastle Innovation Machine visit the Newcastle Science City website.

First Friday

First Friday is an informal networking forum, hosted by Newcastle Science City, to discuss science, innovation and entrepreneurship, taking place on the first Friday of every month. Now into its tenth month the event has proved extremely popular with the region’s science community.

“What we get out of First Friday is the quality of contacts that we’re meeting; the people that are actually walking into the room with technology driven ideas. We can add real value to do the product design and development of that, to take it to manufacture, because the people that come are the right kind of people.”

Silvia Dickinson, FS Product Design

Newcastle Science City is working with partners to ensure that more events are created to meet the needs of the science community in the region.

To register your interest and receive more information please email First Friday.

Prof. Chris Brink
Vice Chancellor, Newcastle University
Spotlight on the Newcastle Science City Vision

This month’s spotlight features Professor Chris Brink, Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University.

In his piece Professor Brink sets out the shared vision for Newcastle Science City on behalf of the partnership. This vision sets out the three strands of focus for NSC which include: promoting scientific research excellence; creating and supporting science based businesses; and engaging with the local community, particularly young people, with the aim of encouraging the take up of science subjects and science-based careers.

The piece also provides an update on the development of the Science Central site.

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