Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Q&A Myth Buster

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Q&A Myth Buster

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Why is Newcastle a Science City?

The Government recognised that science could be used to stimulate and lead economic growth and that Newcastle already had world-class science taking place in research areas that are representative of key issues of the twenty first century. From its designation as one of six English Science Cities in December 2004, Newcastle has created a focus on four 'themes', each chosen to build on and reflect our existing expertise in Ageing and Health, Energy and Environment, Molecular Engineering, and Stem Cells and Genetic Sciences.

How will Newcastle Science City benefit everyone?

Developing Newcastle as a base for world-class science will have long-term benefits for the city and wider region. Opportunities through commercialisation of research will help attract inward investment and lead to job creation. The right environment needs to be created to allow science and business to grow and flourish together, which will in turn allow for Newcastle Science City to make a significant contribution to the economic and social development of the region. As this environment increasingly takes hold, the barriers between science and the community will be broken down and an interest in science, its applications and potential opportunities fostered among the public, and particularly the young.

Where is it taking place?

Newcastle is already home to renowned research which is taking place at existing sites across the city which will benefit from additional investment from the Newcastle Science City Partnership. These include pounds 25m at the North East England Stem Cell Institute and pounds 7m at the Campus for Ageing and Health located at the Newcastle General Hospital site. The 19-acre former brewery site in central Newcastle is also being transformed into a hub for Newcastle Science City and will form a new quarter of the city where science and business can thrive together. The brewery site will be one physical location for Newcastle Science City's work and, like the other facilities being invested in, is planned to meet the requirements of the future and to make its success even greater. …

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