How do UK 'Science Cities' compete globally?
Pictured: Heather Fearfield (facilitating) with Dr Bruno Holthof (Oxford University Hospitals) and Bernie Foulkes (LDA Design)
What do we have to do to compete globally with science discovery and university-hospital powerhouses?
This is a question when one looks for instance at the Life Sciences Corridor in the Greater Boston Area (home to over 730 science companies and employing close to three quarters of a million people) and the best of Chinese research cities?
Our final panel of our Cambridge forum tackled this issue, drawing on both built projects and plans in the making across Oxford, Birmingham and Cambridge.
The Chief Executive of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Bruno Holthof who is currently developing a masterplan with Oxford City Council for a new a science and innovation park in Headington, Oxford was an important contributor to our event and said:
'Professor Sir John Bell, who recruited me in 2015, said Cambridge is far ahead of Oxford and we want to catch up. I am proud to say we have been working closely with Oxford Health - the mental health trust - Oxford Brookes as well as big landowners like Christchurch and Magdalen colleges - on developing a plan for how we develop brownfield sites within the ring road and quite close to the city centre.