Life sciences lab opens in Bristol
Sir David Attenborough has today opened the University of Bristol’s new life sciences building.
Today marked the official opening of the University of Bristol’s £56.5 million life sciences building which will be used primarily to tackle global issues of food security and environmental conservation.
Vice chancellor at the university Eric Thomas said: “Many of the most significant advances will come from the life sciences and it is fitting that Sir David [Attenborough] joins us for the launch of this magnificent building, which will put Bristol on the map for world-renowned research and teaching in this area for years to come.”
“The new building provides outstanding laboratories for science teaching and will enhance the undergraduate experience
Prof Gary Foster
The building features a state-of-the-art greenhouse, known as a GroDome, which is located on top of the building and is capable of recreating tropical conditions thanks to controlled light, humidity and temperature.
It also boasts a 200-capacity teaching laboratory which houses both spectroscopic and microscopic equipment.
According to a university statement, the building will allow biologists to join forces with chemists, computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians and earth scientists to “establish how lessons learned from nature can benefit society”.
Gary Foster, who has been leading the project on behalf of the School of Biological Sciences, said: “This investment in life sciences is a major move by the University of Bristol in this field, showing strength and ambition, with Bristol being an exciting and ideal place to carry out research over the coming years.
“The new building also provides outstanding laboratories for science teaching and will enhance the undergraduate experience by facilitating research-led study and staff-student interaction, making Bristol University the first choice for research and teaching in this area.”