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 25 January 2002 

Work starts on major new science policy research centre

Work is underway at the University of Sussex to build the largest research centre in the world devoted to science, innovation and technology policy issues.

The 9.4 million Freeman Centre will combine the joint expertise of SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, currently housed in a different building at Sussex, and the Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM), which will relocate from the University of Brighton.

"This new addition to the campus will bring a host of benefits to staff and students," says SPRU's director Professor Ben Martin. "We expect the Freeman Centre to set a new standard for others to follow in the creation of collaborative and innovative research environments."

Both SPRU and CENTRIM have already developed international recognition for their research work. In recent years SPRU's projects have included studying policies on chemical and biological weapons warfare, food additives and food safety and risk management in new technologies. CENTRIM's main focus has been on working with both large and small companies to help them develop better management strategies.

Funded with assistance from the Government's Joint Infrastructure Fund and accommodating some 200 people, the Freeman Centre, which is named after SPRU's founder Professor Christopher Freeman, will also be one of the first low-energy buildings on the Sussex campus. The 4,600 square metre building will feature low-energy ventilation and heating systems. Stylistically, it will visually echo the existing campus architecture.

 Notes for editors 

Photo Opportunity: A turf-cutting ceremony will take place on the site of the Freeman Centre at the University of Sussex on Wednesday, January 30, at 12 noon.

Those attending will include Professor Chris Freeman; University of Sussex Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alasdair Smith; University of Brighton Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Watson; SPRU's director, Professor Ben Martin; and CENTRIM's director, Professor Howard Rush.

For further information, please contact Jacqui Bealing, or Alison Field, University of Sussex, Tel. 01273 678888, Fax 01273 877456, email or

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