Crick News

ISSUE 16

News in brief

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Knowledge Quarter Launch

The new Knowledge Quarter, a partnership of 35 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations based in Kings Cross, Euston and Bloomsbury, was launched by the Chancellor, George Osborne on December 4th. 

The members, which range from the Francis Crick Institute, the British Museum and the University of the Arts London to the Digital Catapult, Wellcome Trust, The Guardian and the Aga Khan University, will work together to share their information, ideas, research and innovation. The aim of the Knowledge Quarter is to make the outstanding facilities, collections and expertise of its members understood, available and used as widely as possible for the benefit of researchers, creative people, students and the local community. 

To read the full story click here.

 

Naming Public Spaces in the Crick

The Crick is committed to sharing its work with the public in ways which are exciting and engaging for a range of different audiences.

Our public spaces will play a central role in our engagement work - a 350 sq metre exhibition area which wraps around the auditorium will host a diverse programme of events, showcases, and exhibitions. It will also act as breakout space for conference delegates, and be home to a small public coffee bar. It will provide a forum in which our researchers will be able to interact with the public in an informal setting.

After many months of consultation, research and brainstorming, this space has been named, 'The Junction'. With a nod to our location, near three of London's busiest rail stations, The Junction will be a place where science meets public audiences; it will be a bustling and lively space for fun interactions, thoughtful discussions, and meaningful conversations.

Our schools teaching lab has also been renamed, the 'Discovery Lab'. The Discovery Lab really is a window into the Crick, and perfectly embodies two of our strategic priorities; to 'create future science leaders', and 'to engage and inspire the public'. Groups of up to 30 school children (with priority given to Camden bookings), will be able to visit the Crick for practical and engaging sessions that offer an insight into science not available in schools.

Having officially named these areas, we will soon launch a brand identity for the public programmes at the Crick - watch this space!

 

Innovative data centre wins awards

After a year or so of work, the shared off-site data centre the Crick set up with its research partners (UCL, Kings, LSE, Sanger, QMUL), JISC/JANET, and commercial partners Infinity, won two international data centre design awards (DC Blueprint & Mega-DC design) from the DC industry body DataCentre Dynamics. The awards recognised both the innovative design of the shared solution and the importance of the concept of a shared space for research intensive collaboration based on big data which can only be consolidated in this kind of facility.

David Fergusson, the Crick's Head of Scientific Computing, along with UCL and JISC attended the awards as recognition of the pivotal role the Crick played in bringing this initiative to fruition.