The £5million Aurora Innovation Centre will tackle the world’s greatest challenges from Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 06:30 28 July 2017

Science minister Jo Johnson at British Antarctic Survey to open the new Innovation Centre, seen here looking at some of the technology.  British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Rd, Cambridge . Picture: Keith Heppell

Science minister Jo Johnson at British Antarctic Survey to open the new Innovation Centre, seen here looking at some of the technology. British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Rd, Cambridge . Picture: Keith Heppell

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Science minister Jo Johnson opened the British Antarctic Survey’s newest venture.

Science minister Jo Johnson at British Antarctic Survey to open the new Innovation Centre, with Andrew Fleming looking at recent imaging of the break up of ice. British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Rd, Cambridge . Picture: Keith HeppellScience minister Jo Johnson at British Antarctic Survey to open the new Innovation Centre, with Andrew Fleming looking at recent imaging of the break up of ice. British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Rd, Cambridge . Picture: Keith Heppell

The new Aurora Innovation Centre at British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge was officially opened on Friday (July 21) by universities and science minister Jo Johnson.

The centre will support cross-discipline research to tackle environmental challenges and increase the real-world benefit of polar research.

It has been funded by £5million provided by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) from the UK science budget, along with a £300,000 contribution from Cambridge University.

The centre offers a collaboration space, exhibition area and state-of-the-art conference and meeting facilities.

Science minister Jo Johnson at British Antarctic Survey to open the new Innovation Centre, seen here with Professor Richard Horne looking at weather systems. British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Rd, Cambridge . Picture: Keith HeppellScience minister Jo Johnson at British Antarctic Survey to open the new Innovation Centre, seen here with Professor Richard Horne looking at weather systems. British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Rd, Cambridge . Picture: Keith Heppell

Mr Johnson said: “This new innovation centre will bring together great minds from a variety of disciplines to lead the international effort to tackle environmental change and demonstrate the value of research collaboration in solving some of the greatest challenges of our time.”

The minister also confirmed a funding contribution of £18million towards the cost of modernising the BAS’s Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula.

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