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Exeter celebrates international reputation for science


Today the world-class science of Exeter is being celebrated with the launch of a new initiative, called Exeter City of Science.


With more than 2,000 professional, scientific and technical organisations operating in and around Exeter, the city is recognised as one of the UK’s premier locations for scientific education, research and commerce. About 14% of all local firms are in the scientific, technical and professional market.


The City of Science programme brings together key partners from across the city to promote its strengths and achievements, as well as its potential for the future.


The partners are: Exeter City Council, the University of Exeter, the Innovation Centre, the Met Office, the Environment Agency, the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, St Luke’s Science and Sports College, Exeter College and Devon Education Business Partnership.


John Hirst, Chief Executive of the Met Office, said: ““Today, with so many world-class organisations based here, Exeter is recognised as one of the UK’s leading science hubs. The cutting-edge research done here is admired all over the world.


“From the latest climate change predictions, to studies on how we can prevent dementia, to investigating new uses for the world’s newest materials, Exeter’s research and knowledge base is truly amazing.”


Richard Ball, Head of Economy and Tourism for Exeter City Council and chair of the partnership, said:  “Through the City of Science initiative we want to build on that superb reputation to forge new partnerships, encourage innovation, bring in investment, create new jobs and inspire young people.


“There are currently 6,000 people already directly employed in Exeter in the areas of Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics. That’s a real strength and we aim to build on that throught this project.”


To mark the launch, the Exeter City of Science website has today gone live at


It provides information on the different organisations, the scientists and the key areas of expertise in Exeter, as well as breaking news stories, scientific job adverts, and forthcoming events.


The site focuses on four key themes to highlight the world class science carried out in the city; Climate Change and the Environment; Creating a Healthy Population; Smarter Products and Digital Creativity.


Steve Smith, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter, said: “The cutting-edge research done here has great potential to feed into the products and businesses of tomorrow.


“The website will act as a hub for that - promoting everything from the science that goes on here, to the experts who do that research, the partners they work for, and the opportunities they are creating.”


Among the many scientific organisations in the city is the world-renowned Met Office, the University of Exeter – which is in the world’s top 1% of higher education institutions, the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, and a host of others.


Their combined strength helps provide a gateway for smaller businesses, and this will be further reinforced with the opening of the Science Park – a landmark £240 million 60 acre development which will provide a key location for science-based business development.


The recent approval of funding for improvements to Junction 29 of the M5 in connection with the Science Park is expected to attract further development funding for the park from investors.

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