The Government named Nottingham a Science City in 2005 in recognition of the city’s scientific assets and the importance of science and technology in helping to drive the local economy.
Nottingham’s strengths, which demonstrate clearly the potential of our science sector, include:
• The large number and variety of science-related businesses within and close to the city
• The rapid growth of spin-out companies from universities and business
• Two universities that together attract over £100m in research funding a year
(In 2007-08, The University of Nottingham attracted a record £130.1 million in research funding)
• The fact that one in every five jobs in Greater Nottingham is now in a science-related sector
• The science sector is predicted to grow by more than 15% and create 20,000 jobs over the next decade.
The city’s scientific prowess follows a history of ‘firsts’ which inspire today’s innovators to break new ground and take on the challenges of the future. For example, The University of Nottingham is world-famous for the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with 22,000 now used in hospitals throughout the world. Professor Sir Peter Mansfield carried out this groundbreaking work in MRI, for which he was awarded the Nobel prize for Medicine in 2003. Boots – which grew out of a chemist shop in Nottingham – is famous for inventing and developing Ibuprofen, one of today’s most popular and effective painkillers.
In 2008, Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington of Mansfield swam to victory wearing Nottingham-based Speedo International’s LZR racer swimsuit. The swimsuit was developed in collaboration with scientists at The University of Nottingham.