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Maxwell Centre


Q. What are the Maxwell Centre aims?

The aim is to increase levels of academia-industry engagement between University of Cambridge and external partners interested in collaborating with us on research in Physical Sciences and Technology. We have outlined our full vision here.

Q. How can my company get engaged with the Maxwell Centre?

If you are interested in working together with Cambridge researchers on fundamental problems of relevance to your business, please get in touch with our liaison team. We will arrange a meeting to discuss research areas of mutual interest and take it from there.

Q. Can my company rent space in the Maxwell Centre?

No. The Maxwell Centre is a part of the University of Cambridge research base and we do not offer rental space here for companies who simply wish to expland their footprint and are not interested in collaborative work. Presence in the Maxwell Centre is contingent on establishing a working interaction with the university research. However, if you are interested in developing a new relationship with the university we can help facilitate that and it could lead to a co-location in the Maxwell Centre. 

Q. How big is the Maxwell Centre?

The state-of-the-art Maxwell building is designed to host over 230 people, over three floors of office and interaction space, with additional floor commited entirely to laboratory facilities. Maxwell Centre brand extends beyond this building alone and covers facilities and research activities committed to the Maxwell Centre vision throughout Physical Sciences in Cambridge.

Q. Are there shared facilities we could access for our research?

Yes. The Maxwell Centre provides a way in to collaborative research and this includes shared access to our facilities. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements. Ever expanding list of facilities accessible in this way will be soon listed on our website, and we can help broker new connections where there is demand.

Q. I would like to stay in regular contact - how can this be arranged?

We can offer hot-desking presence in the building to accommodate new and growing interactions with external partners. This model can be also used to maintain a regular contact with University research, when there is no need to establish a permanent presence in the building. The major benefit of this model is a possibility to become part-time embedded in the Maxwell Community: build relationships, understanding of each others aims, and hold face-to-face meetings with researchers, also allowing for serendipity to happen - through encounters that occur simply by being in the right place at the right time. To discuss the possible arrangements for hot-desking access please get in touch with our liaison team.