|25 January 2016|

Glasgow is in the running to be named the European Capital of Innovation.

Scotland’s largest city has been shortlisted for the title along with eight other cities by the European Commission, with the winner to be announced in the spring.

Dr Susie Mitchell, programme director, Glasgow City of Science, told Innovators: “Glasgow has a strong heritage in science and innovation from steam power and penicillin to beta-blockers and bionic limbs. This spirit of ingenuity is in our blood and today Glasgow remains a hotbed of world-class innovation – from photonics and renewables to big data and precision medicine. Glasgow City of Science was proud to help develop and back the City’s bid to become European Capital of Innovation 2016 which was based on using creative innovation to deliver social and economic benefits for our citizens. Being shortlisted for this prestigious European award is further recognition of Glasgow’s standing on the world innovation map.

Carlos Moedas, commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: The applications for this year’s European Capital of Innovation award are really inspiring. The achievements of each of the nine shortlisted cities are all outstanding in their own right and will encourage many others to invest in their innovation ecosystems. These pioneer cities show how bright the future can be.”

The winner will be the city building the best ‘innovation ecosystem’ connecting citizens, public organisations, academia, and business. The prize of €950,000 will allow the winner to scale up its innovation activities.