South east regions join forces

Innovative resources in the greater south east of England are joining up in extended technology transfer schemes.

Innovation Nation, the white paper issued this month by Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), has revealed the government’s plans for innovation in the south east of England.

The Greater South East (GSE), across three regional development agencies, is a polycentric network of small cities and towns surrounding London. Knowledge transfer is pan-regional and EEDA, LDA and SEEDA are developing joint innovation programmes to build on this strong connectivity and critical mass of creative human capital to increase the UK’s global competitiveness.

A joint university business fellows and technology transfer programme, operated by the London Technology Network, is increasing business-university collaboration across the GSE.

A joint innovation map and research excellence directory identifies the major strengths of each university and research establishment to promote the GSE as an international knowledge centre. Joint business support and knowledge networks that will enhance common strengths are being developed, for example, in security.

Innovation and skills will create business opportunities and drive market-oriented solutions to climate change and global warming. The three RDAs are working with businesses and universities and the Department of Communities and Local Government to help create the world’s first major eco-region in the Thames Gateway which will create and access best international knowledge through the Institute for Sustainability.