Shortlist announced for this week’s UKSPA 30th Anniversary Awards

The UK Science Park Association has unveiled the shortlist for its 30th Anniversary Awards. The dinner is the highlight of a two-day event being held at Birmingham’s ICC this Thursday 10th and Friday 11th July, which also features an international conference and exhibition.

The Association now represents over 100 member locations across the UK, including Science Parks and Innovation Centres. With well over 500 senior representatives anticipated to attend and over 50 speakers delivering presentations, this event will be the biggest in UKSPA’s 30year history, exceeding the attendance for the 25th celebration event, held in Manchester. The event will be headlined by Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities & Science, and closed by Phil Smith, CEO of Cisco UK & Ireland and Chair of the Technology Strategy Board.

The six awards cover the most successful; Innovation Location; Innovative Company on an UKSPA site; Innovation Partnership and Co-Operation initiative; Innovative Project on a UKSPA site; Technology Incubator/Innovation Centre; Design and Sustainability building or initiative.

The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on the evening of Thursday 10th July, sponsored by IT and telecoms service provider essensys. The event will be hosted by Dr Michael Mosley; writer and presenter of BBC2′s The Story of Science and the face of science and medicine on The One Show.

UKSPA Chief Executive Paul Wright said: “The shortlist for the 30th Anniversary Awards celebrates the achievements of the sector, our partners, members and their tenant companies. The work undertaken by over 4,000 businesses at the 100-plus UKSPA locations demonstrates world class innovation within the UK and shows how our members and their teams work together to create the right environments to catalyse business success.”

The two-day 30th Anniversary Summit comprises an international conference sponsored by intellectual property specialists Marks and Clerk and an exhibition sponsored by BEST Network (the largest, privately owned network of science parks).

UKSPA Chairman Dr David Hardman said: “The Conference, Awards Dinner and Exhibition in Birmingham this week will showcase the important work of the Science Park and Innovation Movement, which over the last three decades has delivered significant economic growth to the national and local knowledge economies.

“The shortlist for the UKSPA 30th Anniversary Awards demonstrates the success of high-growth technology and knowledge based firms, their partnerships and initiatives, and as importantly, the innovation locations that support and nurture this success.”

The six award category sponsors are GrowthAccelerator, Haseltine Lake, Keele University Science and Business Park, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Surrey Research Park and The University of Warwick Science Park.

Qatar Science and Technology Park Managing Director, Hamad Mohammed Al Kuwari, said: “Innovation and international collaboration is key to advancing scientific and technological knowledge and practices across the world, which is why we are delighted to be sponsoring the UKSPA 30thAnniversary Award for the Most Innovative Project.

“A key aim of Qatar Science and Technology Park is to support innovative entrepreneurship, whether by small technology start-ups or multi-nationals. We have strong collaborative relationships with several UK organisations including Shell, Imperial College and Rolls Royce. We are proud to be hosting the International Association of Science Parks world conference in October, and look forward to welcoming entrepreneurs and researchers from the UK to Doha in October and showing the latest innovations that have emerged from the region.”

The shortlisted entrants for the UKSPA 30th Anniversary Awards are:

The UKSPA 30th Anniversary Award for Most Successful Innovation Environment.

  • Bristol and Bath Science Park
  • Kent Science Park
  • Northern Ireland Science Park
  • Sci-Tech Daresbury
  • Surrey Research Park

The UKSPA 30th Anniversary Award for the Most Successful Company

  • Ecologia – Kent Science Park
  • Intelligent Energy – Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park
  • Path XL – Northern Ireland Science Park
  • PolyPhotonix – NETPark
  • Smart Antennae Technologies – Birmingham Research Park

The UKSPA 30th Anniversary Award for Innovation Partnership

  • Biorenewables Development Centre (York)
  • essensys
  • ra Information Systems – UKSPA CLARITY

The UKSPA 30th Anniversary Award for Design and Sustainability

  • Liverpool Science Park
  • SEaB Energy Ltd
  • Sheppard Robson

The UKSPA 30th Anniversary Award for the Most Innovative Project

  • BEST Network
  • Northern Ireland Science Park Trust
  • Sci-Tech Daresbury

The UKSPA 30th Anniversary award for the incubation or innovation centre with the best track record of developing start-up and high growth business

  • Imperial Incubator
  • Innovations Technology Access Centre (I-TAC) Sci-Tech Daresbury
  • Springboard – York Science Park

The event is being organised by Innovation Birmingham, and more information can be found at:, or by contacting the UKSPA 30th Anniversary Summit team on 0121 250 3515.

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