Peter Arnold
CEO of Newcastle Science City
Science Highlights

Merry Christmas and welcome to a celebratory seasonal edition of our e-bulletin. What better way to spread some festive cheer than to dedicate our final e-bulletin of the year to applauding some of the fantastic achievements of our scientific community?

It’s been a tough year but despite all of the heartache and worry of spending cuts and recession, work has continued apace to keep Newcastle, and the wider region, at the forefront of scientific discovery, innovation and achievement.

Below are just a few of our most recent success stories and it’s particularly satisfying that they highlight the accomplishments of scientists working in our schools, universities and businesses. I’m sure you’ll join me in extending heartfelt congratulations to all award winners.

Real progress has been made by Newcastle Science City in 2010 to bring about the city’s physical and economic regeneration and to promote and connect the scientific strengths of the region with one strong voice.

My personal highlight has been witnessing the launch of the innovative businesses that we have helped to create this year. There has been no greater reward than to hear the people behind companies tell us that without our support they wouldn’t be in existence.

The next 12 months promise to be very eventful, with the planning application imminent for Science Central and plans also moving ahead to create a Biomedical Research Centre building at the university’s Institute of Ageing and Health on the cleared site of Newcastle General Hospital to convert scientific research into patient services.

Please support us in our work in 2011 to bring together people, businesses and educational institutions in Newcastle and the wider region in science and innovation.

Come along to our hugely popular First Friday North East events and join the event’s online community on Linkedin; help us promote Newcastle as a science city by using our online branding toolkit; talk to our business support team or please just give me a call to discuss how we can to work together to help us transform Newcastle into a city with science at its heart.

Young achiever Daniel O’Brien applauded

Newcastle Science City was delighted to present a very special award to a very special student who is described as an ‘inspiration’ to those who work with him.

The determination and focus of Newcastle College student Daniel O’Brien was recognised and rewarded when he scooped top honours in a new category celebrating achievement in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects in the Chronicle Young Achiever Awards.

The 23-year-old from Crook, County Durham, was taught at a special needs school until the age of 17 and was repeatedly told that he would not be able to cope in mainstream education.

Determined to prove people wrong, Daniel, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, enrolled at Bishop Auckland College, where he successfully completed a BTEC in IT.

Celebrating our innovators of tomorrow

The entrepreneurial spirit of two Newcastle postgraduate students has earned them recognition as innovators of tomorrow.

Newcastle University Business School’s Kayleigh Watson and Hasham Wali were presented with awards for best student and best dissertation respectively after impressive achievements during their studies on the MSc in Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.

Newcastle Science City sponsored the two categories at the business school’s annual postgraduate awards reception at the Great North Museum. They were presented to Kayleigh and Hasham by new business and investments director Estelle Chatard.

Estelle said: “It was a pleasure to reward and celebrate the hard work and flair of Kayleigh and Hasham and we wish them the very best for their future careers”.

Houghton company scoops healthcare ‘Oscar’

Designers of the world’s first wearable skin cancer treatment device received top honours at this year’s Business for Life Awards.

Kinneir Dufort, a product development and innovation consultancy picked up this year’s Innovation Award. Sponsored by Newcastle Science City, the award celebrates development and design projects that result in a major improvement in business performance or patient benefit.

Kinneir Dufort’s Design Director Craig Wightman said: “We’re thrilled to have received the Innovation Award this year. Ambulight is the only product that allows mobile treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer conditions”.

Barry Rowland
Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council
Partnership central to Science City

Collaboration is at the very heart of Science City, bringing together people, businesses and educational institutions across Newcastle, in science and innovation.

A key aim of Science City is to ensure the local community can get involved in the city’s scientific achievement and also to share the benefits of the excellent science research base that underpins so much of the activities of Science City.

At the council we are working closer than ever with Newcastle University with some groundbreaking collaboration to ensure that local people get the best benefit from the results of university research excellence on their doorstep.

We held a highly successful joint workshop with the University back in April at which we discussed deepening collaboration and in particular working together to create “The Urban Laboratory’. This will help to realise our vision of a city that is a model of sustainable urban living.

This is a genuinely new concept and we are not aware of any other cities where there has been such an alignment between university and civic partners in pursuit of a shared strategy.

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