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Celebrating 5 years ofthe Technology & Innovation Centre

How time has flown...

The Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in July 2015.  Fast forward five years and our landmark Centre has transformed the way academics collaborate with business, industry and the public sector. 

From work in medicine manufacturing to award-winning conference and events and groundbreaking research the Technology and Innovation Centre has truly embraced collaborative working across sectors.  Here is a look back at some research projects, events and awards from the last five years. 

Timeline of the last 5 years

Five research projects

ClinSpec Diagnostics: life-saving technology for early detection

Researchers Dr Matt Baker, Dr Holly Butler, Dr Mark Hegarty, and Dr David Palmer founded spin-out ClinSpec Diagnostics Limited (ClinSpec Dx) out of their research at the University of Strathclyde. They are working to establish a blood serum test that allows same-day detection of a range of cancers, with the first application to brain cancer.

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Five notable Conferences & Events

EURO 2015 (European Conference for Operational Research)

The biggest conference to be held at the University, EURO 2015, had over 2,500 delegates visit over 4 days in 2015. TIC was the main hub for the conference that used 70 - breakout rooms across the campus.

EURO 2015
  • 3,241
    events hosted
  • 201,874
  • £57m
    of economic benefit to Glasgow

Five awards for TIC

TIC conference team with M&IT award

M&IT Industry Awards

Voted by delegates and organisers, TIC has won three M&IT Awards.  In 2018 they won the gold award for Best Academic Venue and in 2019 they won the silver award and in 2020 they won the silver.

Conference and events team with CHS award

Conference Hospitality Show Awards

In 2019, TIC won Best Academic Venue at the 2019 CHS Awards. These awards showcase the very best of the hospitality industry.

Conference and events and sustainability team with Glasgow Business Award

The Glasgow Business Awards

In 2019, TIC was named Green Champion at the Glasgow Business Awards.  This win demonstrated the strength of TIC's green credentials and the team's commitment to creating a world-class model of sustainable conferencing provision.

Conference and events team with conference news award

Conference News Academic Venue Awards

At last year's Conference News Academic Venue Awards TIC was named Best Conference Venue (over 250 delegates) in 2019. This was the second consecutive year they won this award beating off stiff competition.

Green tourism certification

Green Tourism

Through the implementation of a number of sustainability measures, TIC achieved Green Tourism Gold status.  This is the highest level of accreditation from the largest sustainable certification scheme of its kind.

Five organisations based in the Technology and Innovation Centre

What's next?

The proposed Technology and Innovation Zone expansion is a carbon-neutral development over two sites to the east and west of the existing Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC). An expanded Technology and Innovation Zone will boost Scotland’s innovation economy and accelerate recovery. 

The Technology and Innovation Zone will double the footprint for innovation activities of TIC/Inovo and create innovation space with bespoke offices, labs and innovation demonstrator space. There will also be research space and Public Engagement/Enterprise space.

The Technology and Innovation Zone builds on Strathclyde’s successful ‘industry cluster’ model. This is a collaborative approach with industry, government and innovation centres working together to identify and deliver challenge-led innovation opportunities. The Technology and Innovation Zone will rapidly accelerate the growth of six new industry clusters - Industrial informatics, Health technologies, FinTech, Space, 5G / Next-Generation Communications and Quantum.