Peter Arnold
CEO of Newcastle Science City
Science Highlights

Newcastle Science City is all about strengthening the world-class science base that already exists in the city and the wider region.

There’s real momentum behind my team as we go forth into 2011 and we are firmly putting in place the building blocks to accelerate our flourishing scientific community and knowledge economy.

This groundwork is essential to the success of the planned Science Central site, which has been in the media in the past couple of weeks due to a funding gap that currently exists on the project.

The physical regeneration of the Science Central site, along with the International Centre for Life and the Institute for Ageing and Health, will be tangible measures of our success in promoting and connecting the scientific strengths of the city. But infrastructure is just one piece in the jigsaw.

And while we are working with our partners to secure an alternative source of funding now that One North East support is no longer available, my team’s efforts remain focused on generating a demand for the site by creating the next generation of high-growth, innovative businesses.

The content of this e-bulletin demonstrates a few good examples of some of our less overt – yet critical – work that’s under way, as does the phenomenal success of our First Friday North East network, our growing number of business spin-outs and our far-reaching community engagement and education programmes.

To find out more about how you can get involved please get in touch.

New man in the city seeks four future millionaires

Finding entrepreneurs who will start fast-growing companies and create jobs in the North East is the challenge Hugh Rhodes has taken on at Newcastle Science City.

The new director of innovation has launched a search to find the next four future entrepreneurs to hone their skills and talents into the next Branson or Bannatyne alongside Science City’s other success stories of tomorrow.

The four recruits will work with the Newcastle Innovation Machine, a unique process that takes talented future entrepreneurs and gives them the tools and support to generate high-growth businesses in the city.

It has already created six businesses including a company that provides revolutionary diet and fitness regimes based on your DNA and one who can digitally map anything from a vintage Porsche to an industrial manufacturing plant. Four further business people are currently developing their ideas and preparing to launch new companies.

Celebrating a year of doorstep science

Beekeeping, halogen cookery courses, Leonardo Da Vinci-inspired workshops and stem cell mosaic-making – just a few of the highlights of a project set up to bring science to the doorsteps of the people of Newcastle.

Newcastle Science City’s Community Engagement Project is celebrating its first action-packed year of activities and is encouraging others to get involved with its next phase of work.

The project was launched to bring people of all backgrounds together to engage with, learn from, celebrate and enjoy the benefits of science and the world-class work that is being carried out in the city.

The past 12 months have been packed with community events aimed at getting residents involved in science, both to make a lasting difference to their lives and to grow a new generation of scientists.

Community groups from across the city have seized the opportunity to benefit from the project’s Community Science Grant which offers funding – particularly in disadvantaged areas – to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Competition launched to find the innovators of tomorrow

The search is on to find the North East’s innovators of tomorrow with the launch of a competition to bring scientific ideas to life.

Simon Green, Newcastle Science City’s business development manager, has thrown down the gauntlet to businesses and individuals across the region to put forward their innovative ideas for the chance to win £20,000 of specialist support and take their ideas to market.

The competition is aimed at developing innovative ideas that can be launched within 12 months, have potential to be high-growth and target unmet needs in one of Newcastle Science City’s theme areas: ageing & health, sustainability or regenerative medicine.

Up to six businesses have a chance of scooping the prize, which will provide a tailored package of expertise, mentoring and support to commercialise the winning idea, depending on the needs of the business. Support services could include market research, prototyping, design work, marketing, sales lead generation, software development, legal support, financial modelling and intellectual property protection.

Dr Terence Harbinson
Assistant Headteacher at St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School
Spotlight on science education

This month Dr Terence Harbinson, assistant headteacher at St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School in Newcastle, highlights the phenomenal success of one of the programmes under way to improve science education in the city and accelerate our knowledge economy.

The Newcastle Science Excellence and Innovation Partnership (SEIP) has already reached over 6,000 schoolchildren, has dramatically improved results and encouraged students to study science subjects.

“Locally, nationally and globally we are moving towards a more science-based economy in which STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and maths) are paramount.

We intend to equip and inspire young students within our region with these skills to enable them to participate in the growth of this economy. In addition we need to enable our young people to participate in the science debate by understanding its benefits and ethical implications.”

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