Glasgow launches itself as a City of Science
Issued: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 17:22:00 GMT
Glasgow is launching an initiative to secure its position as a centre of excellence for the science industries of the 21st century.
Under the ‘Glasgow City of Science’ branded initiative, government, industry and education leaders will work together to encourage interest, education and investment in the science, medicine, technology and engineering sectors.
The initiative is being driven by Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow City Council and the city’s four universities – Glasgow, Strathclyde, Caledonian and West of Scotland – as well as colleges and other organisations.
Speaking at the launch event in the City Chambers attended by key industry and education figures, Glasgow’s Lord Provost Bob Winter said: “Glasgow has a rich history of science innovation stretching back 200 years and continues to be a major centre of research, discovery and innovation to this day.
“Through working together, our education institutions, businesses, and community leaders can secure the long-term future of science in Glasgow.”
Crawford Gorrie, Global Engineering Director of engineering firm ClydeUnion, said: “We have a tremendous scientific, medical and engineering legacy in this city which continues to this day – all of which is down to the skill and effort of the people of Glasgow.
“Enthusing and educating the scientists and engineers of tomorrow, and attracting more businesses to locate here, will mean Glasgow continues to thrive.”
Sir Kenneth Calman, Chancellor of the University of Glasgow and Chair of the City of Science Steering Committee, said: "Glasgow has a long tradition of excellence in science, technology, engineering and medicine.
“By co-ordinating the work going on in universities, colleges, schools, the city and in commerce and industry, we will be able to continue the tradition into the 21st century.
“Science can make Glasgow a city which looks ahead, and which is ready and prepared for the future. It can help to improve the quality of life of people in the city and beyond and continue to make Glasgow miles better."
Sir Michael Atiyah, past president of the Royal Society and Royal Society of Edinburgh added: "Science and Technology underpin modern society and are pivotal for our future. Glasgow has embodied this spirit for several centuries and is a leading player in the 21st. It is time to recognize and celebrate the role of this great city."
Heather Reid OBE, science champion and former BBC weather presenter, continued: “Science and innovation are at the heart of Glasgow’s past, present and future. We have world-class industries, universities, research institutes and science communicators that together all make Glasgow a ‘City of Science’.”
Glasgow City of Science aims to engage people with the wonders of science and technology, illustrating how science contributes to a healthier, wealthier and sustainable society and inspiring them to get involved.
Its website www.glasgowcityofscience.com will provide details of events, including an annual science festival, and information on how individuals and businesses can get involved.
With a population of 1.7 million in the Greater Glasgow area (accounting for 35 per cent of Scotland’s population), the city delivers 44 per cent of the country’s exports and generates 45 per cent of Scotland’s GDP.
For more information contact:
Glasgow Science Centre – Sharon Lyons – 0141 420 5010 (ext. 303)
Glasgow City Council – Catriona Watt – 0141 287 3922
University of Glasgow – Stuart Forsyth – 0141 330 4831
University of Strathclyde – Paul Gallagher – 0141 548 2370