A springboard to global growth
Andrew Cahn, UK Trade & Investment

Innovation: the business of shaping our world
David Golding, Technology Strategy Board

Going global
Jonathan Kestenbaum, NESTA

Diversity is good for innovation
Annette Williams, UKRC for Women in SET

Promoting physics supporting physicists
Institute of Physics

The cost-saving CEO
Taylor Wessing

The BIC network
UK Trade & Investment

Innovation inspires R&D tax relief



Addressing cross sectoral issues
Integrated Products Manufacturing KTN

Research Councils

Meeting the global challenge
Research Councils

The UK?s National Science and Innovation Campuses
Science & Technology Facilities Council

Aerospace & Defence

Enabling technology through innovative approaches
Aerospace & Defence KTN

Defence technologies for civilian applications
Ploughshare Innovations


Securing the future
Intellect Association for Biometrics


Supporting life sciences in the capital
London First

Tackling the threat of electronic crime
Cyber Security KTN


From invention to innovation
Electronics KTN

Grid Computing Now! KTN


A global fusion
UK Atomic Energy Authority

Design for a one planet economy
Giraffe Innovation

Managing carbon in the corporate and public sectors
Greenstone Carbon Management

Towards an energy efficient future
British Electrotechnical and Allied

Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) Home help
Energy Institute


Connecting people and technology
Health Technologies KTN

A centre of excellence for innovative translational research
University of Birmingham

Feeling your way to design success
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

University-industry collaborations
Imperial College London

Lost in translation
Pearson Matthews Innovation Consultants

Location and Timing

Location and Timing KTN
Intelligent Transport Systems

Mapping the route to intelligent transport systems deployment
Innovits KTN

Drive down fleet costs and reduce carbon emissions?
Energy Saving Trust

DRIVENet and sustainable vehicle engineering
Oxford Brookes University


Breaking the mould
Manufacturing Technologies Association

University of Nottingham

An innovative history
Scott Bader

Innovation for tomorrow?s built environment
Modern Built Environment KTN


Innovations in materials deliver value for money
Materials KTN


Nanotechnology in the UK
Nano KTN

Linking technology push with market pull

Running the risks
European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance

Nanofabrication solutions
Kelvin Nanotechnology

Innovative science for global applications
Oxford Instruments

Leading positive change for global industry
The Centre for Process Innovation


Making light work for industry
Photonics KTN


Unlocking the potential of the UK?s sensing community
Sensors & Instruments KTN


Investing in the future
Invest Northern Ireland

Ulster innovation delivering business success
University of Ulster

Focus: Northern Ireland

Belfast ? a city of creativity and innovation
Belfast City Council

A natural centre for innovation
London Development Agency

England?s East Midlands ? an innovative region
East Midlands Development Agency

Making it in Leeds
The City of Leeds

Collaboration in wireless technologies
Wireless Centre of Industrial Collaboration

Industrial Collaboration at the University of Leeds
Engineering Design CIC

One North East

Focus: North West of England

Focus: South West of England

Be part of the equation
West of England Partnership

All change for Hastings
Innovation Centre Hastings

ITI Scotland


Raising the standards
UK Science Park Association

Special focus: collaboration
Edinburgh Science Triangle

Innovation: the key to economic growth
County Durham Development Company

Solutions across boundaries
Norwich Research Park

Partnership provides innovation success
Wolverhampton Science Park


The outsourcing advantage
Business Services Association

Fast start UK
Tenon Outsourcing

Inward investment trends

Divine intervention
British Business Angels Association

Know your rights
Intellectual Property Office

A perfect patent
Beresford & Co

Putting IP at the centre of business strategy
Cambridge Intellectual Property


Science lessons
GovNet Communications

Useful addresses


UK science & Technology Parks: NORWICH RESEARCH PARK

Solutions across boundaries:
Science, politics and saving the planet

by Dr Robin Daniels, Chief Executive of the Norwich Research Park

Innovation takes place across boundaries, across the interfaces between established scientific fields and business sectors. Pushed out from the science base, or pulled through by a market or societal need, disruptive technologies emerge from a cocktail of scientific excellence, entrepreneurial energy, intelligent financing and receptive customers. This well understood landscape is thrown into even sharper relief when the pull from the demand side of the market becomes particularly acute.

Dr Robin Daniels

Take a look at any one of the major challenges that we face; the drive for (and burden of) healthy ageing, food shortages, energy costs and security, climate change, counter terrorism and, before long, water security and we see science and technology at its heart. Politics and carefully crafted economic strategies are critical too in delivering even partial solutions to a whole range of interconnected challenges, but it is the science and how that science is deployed, which holds the key.

Move to the next level and look at the science embedded in any one of these challenges and we see knowledge and know-how that cuts across traditional scientific boundaries. Along just one plane of the climate change challenge, for example, we see a cascade of seemingly intractable dilemmas; increasing biofuel production is essential to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, yet this necessitates the destruction of rainforest, delivers food shortages and spiralling grain prices, which in turn sparks increased fuel-hungry nitrogen production to boost yields. When political sentiment triggers this kind of market psychosis it is often science which carries the can.

The truth is that science very often holds the key to a solution. The trick is in how that science is combined and deployed. Breaking such vicious circles as the biofuels melée is most readily achieved by commercially-informed scientists, working across boundaries to develop new hybrid solutions. Practical answers to important questions are increasingly delivered by teams of people working between fields, rather than deep within specialisms; a trend which started with Japanese manufacturing techniques of the 1980s, such as Simultaneous Engineering.

The science park provides the opportunity to create a micro-cluster which, with care, delivers robust solutions for industry and governments to deploy

If only it were possible to bring together scientists from relevant disciplines, support their interaction with companies aligned with these major challenges and provide the business development support required to accelerate new technologies to market. Of course, this is possible; this is the task of science parks and technology business incubation.

Science parks are uniquely positioned to engineer and develop the conditions and the market for the commercial development of scientific invention and innovation. By linking supply and demand ? and providing both with appropriate accommodation and connectivity ? the science park provides the opportunity to create a micro-cluster which, with care, delivers robust solutions for industry and governments to deploy. Moreover it becomes possible to deliver real economic impact for the locality, the region and the country.

Those locations that include a good university, strong research institutes, business incubation facilities and links to established firms have all the component parts necessary to bring about a transformation in the UK?s exploitation of science and technology. Science parks provide a physical proximity for players in the market; they can form the basis of a growing sense of community ? of a commonwealth of complementary capabilities.

Above all, with strong leadership, they have the opportunity to catalyse a new industrial revolution for the UK ? one that will ensure that we can continue to pay for the world-class research that underpins the whole endeavour. And in the process, we might just save the planet.

Dr Robin CE Daniels, Chief Executive
Norwich Research Park
Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1603 450992
Mobile: +44 (0)7833 508456
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