Observatory of Innovation, Cardiff University


Martin Rhisiart
Deputy Director
[email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)29 20875096
Fax: +44 (0)29 20874446

Gethin While MA (Oxon) MPhil (Cantab)
FUTURREG Project Officer
[email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)29 20876845
Tel: +44 (0)29 20874446

Observatory of Innovation
Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
Aberconway Building
Colum Drive
Wales, UK CF10 3EU
Tel +44 29 20876560
Fax +44 29 20874446

Observatory of Innovation, Cardiff University

The Observatory of Innovation, based at the Economics section at Cardiff University's Business School, is a research unit that specialises in innovation and economic development policy.

The scope of its work is wide, reflecting the diversity of factors affecting regional policy. Most of the work undertaken by the Observatory is collaborative and a number of strategic relationships have been established with partners across the EU.

University of Wales - Cardiff, pushes back the frontiers of knowledge and understanding and is applied to produce real social and economic benefits, both within Wales and beyond.

The University's breadth of expertise, in research and research-led teaching, encompasses the humanities, the natural, physical and social sciences, engineering, preparation for the professions and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

Having gained national and international standing, Cardiff University's vision is to be recognised as a world-class university and to achieve all the associated benefits, both for Wales and all other stakeholders in its success.

The University's contribution to building the knowledge economy in Wales is highlighted in the Government paper on Science and Innovation Policy for the 21st Century.

Furthermore, the University is helping to generate new business ideas and spin-out companies in the region. It is estimated that the University's technology transfer activities, from start-up companies and the licensing of new products to industry, contribute a great deal to the economy annually.

The acclaimed Cardiff University Innovation Network has introduced more than 300 companies to the expertise, knowledge and facilities of the University.

The University's Manufacturing Engineering Centre, based in the School of Engineering, has a customer base of some 100 small and medium size enterprises and it regularly disseminates the results of its ground-breaking work to more than 2.000 companies throughout the UK.

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