Can science save Bristol from recession?

Issue date: 17 March 2009

Science City Science could save Bristol from the worst of the recession, according to experts who are gathering in the city this month.

The second Science City Bristol Annual Conference on Wednesday 18 March will feature technological ground-breakers including land speed record holder Richard Noble OBE, currently working with UWE and other partners on the BLOODHOUND SSC world-record breaking attempt.

The Science City Bristol event is jointly run by UWE, the Universities of Bath and Bristol, Institute of Directors (IoD), Bristol Enterprise Network and SPark (the Bristol and Bath Science Park).

The Bristol city region, already the second strongest economy in the UK, has a long-established reputation for research and scientific endeavour and currently sits on the world stage for sectors including semiconductor design, aerospace, natural history, ICT and digital media.

This year's conference focuses on Bristol's future prospects and how the city can keep one step ahead of the most damaging effects of the recession by building the 'Bristol Phenomenon'.

Sarah Jane Chilcott, programme manager for Science City Bristol said, “Bristol, Bath and the surrounding area has a great track record in science, technology and engineering and this is one of the reasons that the government named us one of the UK's Science Cities. Our unique blend of science, creativity and innovation gives us the opportunity to help drive the Bristol city region out of the recession and this conference is one critical component in that process.”

The event will be chaired by Dr Neville Bain, Chairman of the IoD. Speakers from government, industry and academia include Lord Drayson, Minister of State for Science and Innovation; Richard Noble OBE; Lita Nelson, Director of Technology Licensing at MIT, USA; John Manley, Director of HP Labs and University Vice-Chancellors Steve West (UWE), Glynis Breakwell (Bath) and Eric Thomas (Bristol).

The outputs of the conference will form the basis of the ongoing Science City Bristol work programme.

Editors Notes:

•Science City Bristol, backed by a broad partnership of public, private and academic organisations, aims to support and develop the area's science and innovation assets to deliver sustainable economic and social benefit by bringing business, academia and government together and promoting the area's scientific achievements to help attract more world-leading scientific enterprise and research.

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•For more information on BLOODHOUND SSC visit

•For more information on S-Park: the Bristol and Bath Science Park. Visit

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