Birmingham Science City Partnership

Lead Organisation

Sustainability West Midlands
Project Manager: Alan Carr (Sustainability Adviser)


Birmingham Science City (BSC) approached SWM in late 2013 to determine whether there was scope for SWM to run BSC’s low carbon strand.  A post was created at the start of 2014 with one of its specific aims to take forward the low carbon element of BSC’s work.  As this case study describes, the outcome of this relationship has been extremely positive.


As a result of this relationship, BSC not only has a physical resource to ensure that their successful ILCWG continues to flourish, but has also gained the wider expertise and knowledge from SWM’s endless database of contacts from the sustainability sector.  Many of these contacts include individuals from SWM’s existing networks or members and are now represented on the ILCWG and are key members of BSC’s alliance.  This adds huge value to BSC’s objectives, particularly around ‘building and maintaining a thriving innovation ecosystem.’  It has also provided greater partnership options when exploring project ideas.

“The partnership that has been developed between BSC and SWM is more than just about sharing resources. The relationship has significantly broadened to perspectives and networks of both organisations. BSC now has the latest policy, activity and intelligence related to sustainability at its fingertips, and SWM likewise with respect to science and technology based innovation. The two topics are frequently interlinked, and therefore having a post whose role it is to facilitate activity and bridge the gap between both topics is fundamental in both stimulating local economic and low carbon growth, and maintaining a thriving innovation ecosystem.” – Dr Pam Waddell, Director of Birmingham Science City.

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