New innovation centre opens at British Antarctic Survey

Aurora Innovation Centre

A new innovation centre which will help develop polar research into new ways to tackle climate change and challenging environments opened on 21st July by Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson.

The Aurora Innovation Centre at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in Cambridge cost five million pounds. It is hoped the centre will help lead to more scientific breakthroughs and allow for polar expertise to be applied to other areas of policy, business, academia and the third sector.

Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science, said: “This new innovation centre will bring together great minds from a variety of disciplines to lead the international effort to tackle environmental change and demonstrate the value of research collaboration in solving some of the greatest challenges of our time.”

Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley, Director of Innovation at British Antarctic Survey, said: “I am so excited about all the innovation possibilities growing out of our work in the Polar Regions. The breadth is inspiring: From novel bioactives for biotechnology and agri-tech, over autonomous and remote sensing for challenging environments, to modelling for space weather forecasts and sea-level rise our expertise can add value to many different sectors of industry and society. We look forward to unlocking this potential through lively collaborations in the new Innovation Centre.”

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Image: Aurora Innovation Centre (credit: BAS)

News Date: 
Friday, July 21, 2017