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UKINNOVATION UK157 Northern Ireland science park Headquartered within the 180- acre Titanic Quarter site - where the White Star Line's famous family of Olympic passenger vessels were conceived - Northern Ireland Sci-ence Park's ( NISP) creative campus is in one of the largest city centre waterfront redevelopments sites in Europe. Tenants at the Science Park range from global giants down to single- desk start- ups. At present, there are around 1,400 staff on the NISP site generating £ 40m in annual salaries. UKSPA estimates that for every two jobs on a Science Park there is one off site. On that basis, NISP supports an additional 700 jobs nearby in an area of targeted social need. NISP has now announced the successful completion of the first phase of a major new development that sees over 50,000sq ft of additional workspace - and half a dozen new tenant companies - added to its East Belfast campus. Concourse Building One, which comprises five floors of agile workspace and capacity to house around 500 staff, is a major addition to the Science Park. Already NISP has signed up a full roster of tenants for Building One, and these include major multinational companies. One such company, Fidessa is expected to create up to 26 highly skilled software programming jobs and invest around £ 2.5m over the first three years of its residency. Over time, this building will be joined by Concourse Buildings Two and Three. All three buildings, which can be interlinked, will add a total of 210,000sq ft of lettable space to the campus - more than doubling the organi-sation's present footprint. Plans are now underway to see potential tenants register early interest for Concourse Building Two. Last September, the Science Park unveiled its newly refur-bished Titanic's Dock and Pump House. This seven- acre scheduled site contains the massive dry- dock where RMS Titanic was fitted out and is known locally as " Titanic's physical footprint in history". The listed Pump- House accommodates a café, visitor's centre as well as an inter-pretive centre for what was the largest dock and most powerful pumps in the world when completed in 1911. This site will bring tourism to the Park, but, more impor-tantly, Titanic's Dock & Pump House will provide a major educational facility for children across Northern Ireland to come and learn about science and engineering. For more information, visit: www. nisp. co. uk University of Warwick Science Park Ten European companies have made the decision to take up permanent residence in the UK and have located at the University of Warwick Science Park, in the West Midlands, through the support of an inward invest-ment programme - Bridge to Growth - funded and led by the Regional Development Agency, Advantage West Midlands, working closely with UKTI. The aim of the Bridge to Growth ( B2G) programme is to seek out fast- growing businesses in Europe and help them to set up a UK subsidiary in the West Midlands. Since the programme started in 2006, more than 250 companies have visited the West Midlands, arriving from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany and the Nether-lands as the result of marketing seminars run jointly by AWM and UKTI. Australian and New Zealand companies have also taken advantage of this innovative project. In the UK, the programme is delivered by a group of Partners with complementary skills working within the Advantage West Midlands programme who blend their skills to short cut problems faced by inward investors and reduce their costs. The University of Warwick Science Park plays its part in providing fully serviced offices in the UK Market Access Centre, located in its prestigious building, Riley Court. Several furnished suites accommodate one, two or three-person start- up operations and there is also a hot- desk facility for those companies who require just a base to work from. The accommodation is provided for a six-month period at special rates and thereafter property can be rented according to business needs. Over the past three years, 25 companies have taken up space in the UK Market Access Centre and 10 of these have expanded into other premises on the Science Park. The Science Park also offers marketing advice through its own professional team of marketers, known as Tech- Mark. The TechMark team can undertake any work to help companies successfully launch their product into the UK market. Accounting, legal, business- lead generation services, general back- office support, company forma-tion services and recruitment services are provided by other Partners. For more information, visit: www. warwicksciencepark. co. uk Centres of Excellence UK Science & Innovation Parks: uk science parks asociation

158INNOVATION UK UK Astronomy Technology Centre The UK Astronomy Technology Centre ( UK ATC) is the UK's national facility for astronomy instrumentation. As part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council ( STFC), and based at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, we design and build world- class astronomical technol-ogy for both space- based and ground- based observato-ries. As such we work collaboratively with many national and international organisations, and have a strong track record with major space organisations including ESA and NASA. Our involvement in space- related and ground- based astronomy projects spans over 30 years. In order to deliver this we have built extensive engineering expertise in areas such as cryogenics, optics, opto- mechanical struc-tures and mechanisms and detectors coupled to strong systems engineering, project management and software expertise. Furthermore we have the necessary exper-tise in the additional requirements placed on delicate instruments that have to survive the rigours of spacecraft launch and operation in the harsh environment of space. Our mandate in the space field is to design, build and qualify space- based instruments for scientific missions such as the optical design for a camera for the ISO ( Infra-red Space Observatory) satellite where we supplied quali-fied lenses, filters, filter- wheels and mounts. In operation between 1995 and 1998, ISO was the world's first true orbiting infrared observatory and provided astronomers worldwide with a facility of unprecedented sensitivity. The project was a great technical, operational and scien-tific success and its scientific results impacted practically all fields of astronomy. ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, which successfully launched on 14 May this year, also contained hardware designed, built and qualified by the UK ATC. The beam-steering mirror, a critical component of the SPIRE ( Spec-tral and Photometric Imaging Receiver) instrument, was developed at the UK ATC. It is an exceptionally accurate active mirror, operational at extreme cryogenic tempera-tures. The UK ATC was also involved in the overall instru-ment design, contributing to the initial camera optics and layout, the focal plane systems engineering and the instrument control software. Early results indicate that SPIRE, and the critical beam steering mirror, are operating perfectly. The UK ATC is also developing flight hardware for the James Webb Space Telescope, a flagship NASA/ ESA mission. We have the European scientific lead for the Mid InfraRed Instrument ( MIRI) along with engineering systems lead roles, and have designed, built and tested the highly complex spectrometer pre- optics module (~ 60 optical components totalling ~ 180 surfaces). This mod-ule will enable the instrument to perform hyper- spectral imaging by using a set of four diamond machined image slicers. The JWST will launch in approximately 2014. Finally, the UK ATC also has extensive experience of ground- based astronomy instrumentation projects. Examples include WFCAM, the Wide Field Infrared Cam-era, which was delivered to the United Kingdom Infra- Red Telescope ( UKIRT) in Hawaii in 2004 and VISTA, the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy recently delivered to the European Southern Observa-tory's ( ESO) Cerro Paranal Observatory in Chile. We are currently assembling an infrared multi- object integral field spectrometer ( KMOS) for ESO. In conclusion, the UK ATC has extensive experience in both space and ground- based applications. This experi-ence is now being leveraged into other non- astronomy projects ( eg LIDAR for ESA) and other commercial work. The UK ATC has a dedicated commercial arm which exploits the technology and skills built up through our extensive experience. We are always looking for scientific, technological and commercial partners so please contact us to discuss your particular application. For further information contact: Telephone: + 44 ( 0) 131 668 8295 Fax: + 44 ( 0) 131 668 8445 E- mail: info@ atcinnovations. com ATC Innovations commerical website: www. atcinnovations. com Main UK ATC website: www. roe. ac. uk/ ukatc ABOVE: Alignment of the MIRI spectrometer pre- optics module in a UK ATC clean- room Centres of Excellence UK Science & inovation parks: UK astronomy technology centre