Science and Innovation

Swansea Bay is home to some superb business incubation facilities as well as a number of specialist institutes and centres in Manufacturing & Materials, Energy Safety, Life Sciences, Printing & Coating and Sustainable Design.

Swansea University’s Bay Campus

Swansea University is undertaking a major campus redevelopment programme which will create a world-leading research, innovation and education complex. Work is underway on the development of the Bay Campus, a new science and innovation campus, off Fabian Way on the gateway to Swansea from the east. Opening in September 2015, this key development will provide space for the University to grow and to increase its collaboration with Industry, delivering a next generation ‘Science Park’.

The Bay Campus will be home to the Institute of Structural Materials, a collaboration with Rolls Royce and the Energy Safety Research Institute, a UK Government funded development which is supported by BP.

Alongside this development work is also taking place on the existing Singleton Park Campus, making it a focus for Life Sciences, Medicine, Arts & Humanities.

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Institute of Life Science, Swansea University

Wales’ premier purpose-built medical research facility, ILS is a collaboration between Swansea University and the Welsh Government, together with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board, IBM and industry and business partners. It is the single largest investment ever made by the Welsh Government on any university campus.

The vision for the ILS is to advance medical science through multi- and interdisciplinary research and innovation for the benefit of human health, and to link those benefits to the economy by encouraging interaction with other organisations in a spirit of Open Innovation.

Facilities include Biomedical Laboratories, the Centre for NanoHealth, Infomatics, Institute of Mass Spectrometry, Joint Clinical Research Facility and Commercial Incubators . Underpinning this innovative environment is a specialist business team, focused on building commercial-academic links and taking the advances from the laboratory into hospitals, surgeries and homes, helping to deliver further impetus to the knowledge economy in the region.

Welsh Centre for Printing & Coating

WCPC, is one of the world’s leading centres for research and development of printing and coating processes. The WCPC has expertise in screen, flexographic, lithographic, rotogravure, digital and pad printing. In addition the WCPC also has experience in the modelling of the print process, using techniques such as finite element, finite difference and statistical and neural networks. The centre has comprehensive laboratories plus printing equipment, for use in fundamental research, industrial prototyping and materials development.

Swansea University has a whole range of Research Institutes and Centres, find out more about them here 

The Institute for Sustainable Design 

The Institute for Sustainable Design (ISD) is a pan-Wales initiative that helps businesses by encouraging and supporting innovation through design. With their base at Swansea Metropolitan University, ISD provide expert advice and support to qualifying businesses and individuals looking to develop commercially sustainable routes to market and assistance in developing design capacity within business. Through a combination of workshops, seminars and one-to-one business mentoring sessions, business, design and technical advisors provide the capacity, confidence and industry connections to innovate in-house and drive your business to a profitable future.