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European Space Agency visit Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus

Published by Rob Goldsmith on Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:30 am via: source
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The European Space Agency (ESA) has visited Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus (Daresbury SIC) in Cheshire this week (23 July) to find out more about the successful collaborative and innovative work taking place between scientists, academics and businesses.

The visit, hosted by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, took place during a busy week for ESA as it launched its first ever UK facility at Daresbury’s sister Science and Innovation Campus at Harwell (Harwell SIC) in Oxfordshire, and celebrated the 40th anniversary of the moon landings.

Daresbury Science and Innovation Centre Credit: STFC

Daresbury Science and Innovation Centre Credit: STFC

The focus of the visit to Daresbury SIC aimed to show how the Campus’ successful collaborative and interdisciplinary approach is working in practice, and to inform the future development of the ESA facility in the UK and the wider proposed International Space Innovation Centre project. The visit included a tour of the Campus’ key facilities such as the R&D prototype for future particle accelerators and novel light sources ALICE and Daresbury Innovation Centre. Recent developments at the Daresbury Campus including the Engineering Technology Centre and Medical Technology Exchange Centre, as well as plans for the future of the Campus were also presented.

The ESA facility based at Harwell is expected to be a key element of a much-wider vision for the future of the UK’s fast-growing space economy.
This will see the creation of an International Space Innovation Centre at Harwell, where state-of-the-art publicly-funded scientific facilities will operate alongside industrial R&D, bringing together academia and industry dedicated to the innovation of space science, research and technology. Daresbury SIC will play a key role in the delivery of this vision by working with Harwell to optimise the use of resources for UK science and technology investment and facilitate two-way high-tech knowledge transfer between scientists, academics and business.

Professor Keith Mason, Chief Executive of STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council) said: “Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus is a world-class location for innovative and leading-edge science. Since its opening in 2005 nearly 100 high-tech businesses have made it their home as a direct result of the way it successfully integrates science and technology programmes across a wide range of disciplines and sectors. Daresbury SIC is leading the way in finding solutions to the global challenges we face in healthcare, environment, energy and security by bringing together and promoting innovation, knowledge sharing, collaboration and networking between scientists, academic and industry.”

Martin Ditter, Project Manager of the ESA facility at Harwell added:

“This is a very exciting time for ESA and I was delighted to be able to visit the national Science and Innovation Campus at Daresbury to see first-hand how the research community and businesses are working collaboratively to increase the impact of UK science. I am really impressed with what I have learned in Daresbury and am looking forward to working with STFC and its partners at both Science and Innovation Campuses to develop a similar model at a European level for the ESA facility based at Harwell.”

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