The Duke of York visited the construction site of The Francis Crick Institute in London on 23rd September, 2014 where he was briefed on the project by Director and Chief Executive, Sir Paul Nurse. HRH was able to see the excellent laboratory and working areas, as well as some of the infrastructure to support the institute.
The Crick will be a Biomedical Research Centre that combines leading Scientific and Academic Organisations including University College London, King’s College London, Imperial College London, Cancer Research, the Medical Research Council, and Wellcome Trust.
Once completed, The Crick will be the largest single laboratory in Europe, employing more than 1,200 biological, clinical, and physical scientists. Senior research posts will be limited to twelve years to encourage the circulation of knowledge and the development of new ideas. Scientists will be encouraged to move onto leadership positions in other major institutions across the United Kingdom.
The Francis Crick Institute will also support community outreach programmes promoting health, wellbeing and scientific education. During the visit to The Crick, The Duke had the opportunity to view the 450 seat auditorium and glass fronted teaching lab which will be used to engage and involve the local community with science.
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