Geographical clusters

Our work on 'Geographical clusters'  aims to bring together the UK's life science clusters to encourage coordinated communication and collaboration in promoting the UK's life sciences ecosystem on a global scale.

Status: Ongoing

On 3 March 2015, the Academy of Medical Sciences, in partnership with the Wellcome Trust, held an event on geographical clusters as part of the Academy’s FORUM programme. Its aim was to explore how the UK’s various clusters of life science activity can work together effectively to drive medical research and innovation, and to discuss current challenges and opportunities.

The event bought together representatives from a wide range of cluster organisations, and was the first meeting of its kind to draw together such a broad range of UK cluster leaders. The report explores the potential for a combined UK offering built upon the individual strengths of the geographical clusters. It also identifies the opportunities and challenges faced by the clusters, including the important role that the clusters can play within their local area, nationally and internationally, as well as the importance of the heterogeneity and wide-ranging expertise of each of the cluster groupings. The report can be downloaded from the righthand side of this page.

The Academy followed this workshop with another event in 2017, which further explored the role of the clusters and some of the key themes that emerged during discussions. Please see the 2017 meeting project tab for more information.

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