Innovation & Enterprise


UCL and partners launch world’s first inclusive innovation district

28 June 2022

The SHIFT innovation district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will tackle urban challenges facing London and cities around the world.

A city view from above

The new district will bring together the public and private sectors with education, local communities, innovative enterprises, and tech companies. It will turn the park into an urban testbed for new processes and technologies that could improve life in cities.

UCL, UAL (University of the Arts London), Loughborough University London, Here East, Plexal, Lendlease and the London Legacy Development Corporation make up the core team behind the initiative.

The founding partners are working with more than 250 knowledge-intensive organisations on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This includes both large scale international firms and a strong entrepreneurial scene that has more than doubled in size since 2017. 

Professor Geraint Rees, UCL Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation and Global Engagement) said: “We’re proud to be creating the SHIFT innovation district with partners who believe, as we do at UCL, in the power of research and exploration to transform lives. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise with individuals, companies and organisations in east London and around the world to tackle the many challenges that cities face, including driving innovation in transport, health and how we tackle the climate crisis.” 

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