Peter Arnold
CEO of Newcastle Science City
Science Highlights

Hello and welcome to Newcastle Science City’s November e-bulletin.

With October’s long-anticipated Comprehensive Spending Review done and dusted, many of us in the North East – especially those connected to the public sector – will still be feeling anxious about the future.

Although more pain, in the form of job losses, is likely to follow in many of our state-supported organisations, we can at least take heart from a number of announcements that may prove to be a lifeline for the future of the regional economy.

While the impact of a frozen science budget is reported to be up to a 10% decrease in funding in real terms over four years, it is good to know that this vital sector has been spared immediate budgetary cuts. Like many others working in a STEM community, I am grateful for all the lobbying activity undertaken by members of the scientific community to ensure that we don’t fall behind other nations, and that valuable research can continue in the UK.

The Government’s announcement of a £200m fund for Technology Innovation Centres (TIC) gives Newcastle Science City an excellent opportunity to become a TIC for three research themes that have huge potential for the city and the country – ageing & health, stem cell & regenerative medicine, and sustainability. We’re hopeful some of this growth fund will contribute to the work we’ve been undertaking for years already.

Staying on our own doorstep, we are also waiting to see the true manifestation of the regional growth funds (RGFs), which may be able to offer valuable investment to organisations like Newcastle Science City that promise capital returns in the future.

On that note, I am delighted to report that this month saw the launch of four Innovation Machine businesses – proof that clever businesses can launch and survive in even the toughest environments.

Four new businesses launched by Newcastle Science City

October has been a proud month for Newcastle Science City’s Innovation Machine, with four strong, technology-based start-ups officially spun out from Newcastle Science City and trading as fully-fledged businesses.

In just three months, the Innovation Machine has produced five viable businesses from the original intake of six innovation managers, starting with the launch of Adtronik in July, which is marketing a novel way of monetising photos and pictures on the web.

Show your support for science in Newcastle

Newcastle Science City aims to create an environment where the scientific community can network and collaborate more effectively and – importantly – raise its profile on a regional, national and international stage under the Newcastle Science City brand. And following the recent Comprehensive Spending Review, it has never been more important for us to work together to raise awareness of Newcastle’s excellence in science and innovation.

Over the past few months we have been working to make sure the Newcastle Science City brand can be used, easily and effectively, by our many partners and supporters across the city and wider region. By adopting the NSC logo you can show how proud you are to be part of this excellence, and help to communicate the wider messages to potential investors and key influencers across the world.

Newcastle named most sustainable city

The Forum for the Future’s fourth annual Sustainable Cities Index has named Newcastle as Britain’s most sustainable city for the second year running, making it the first city to top the poll twice.

As a key theme for Newcastle Science City, sustainability is set to be a priority for the city for years to come. Driving this agenda is Newcastle University which recently launched the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability.

The Institute has been set up to address some of the key challenges facing today’s society and brings together experts from a range of disciplines including science, agriculture, engineering, medicine and politics.

Driving the sustainability agenda forward, the team will work with industry and policymakers to find solutions to global problems such as future energy needs, water management, food security and protection of the environment.

Linda Conlon
Chief Executive at the International Centre for Life
Spotlight on the future of science

This month, Linda Conlon highlights the importance of ensuring that today’s young people are switched on to science.

A science or technology qualification can open the door to exciting and rewarding careers. From geneticist to teacher, chemist to engineer, forensic scientist to medical researcher, the career options are almost limitless.

It’s vital that our bright young minds are captivated by science to ensure that we continue to produce a stream of well-qualified and engaged scientists. At Life, it’s our mission to enthuse and engage everyone in science, particularly young people. We deliver over 40,000 educational experiences to the region’s schoolchildren every year via Lifelab, the largest educational provider of its kind in Europe, but it seems we still need to work harder to encourage more girls to pursue long term scientific goals.

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