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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 call or a meeting to discuss research areas of mutual interest and take it from there.

We can offer a variety of interactions, ranging from events to company residence in the Maxwell Centre, as a fully embeded member of our research community.

Q. How big is the Maxwell Centre?

The state-of-the-art Maxwell building is designed to host over 260 people, over three floors of office and interaction space, with additional floor commited entirely to laboratory facilities. Maxwell Centre programme extends beyond this building alone and covers facilities and research activities committed to the Maxwell Centre vision throughout the Schools of the Physical Sciences and Technology 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, including the Henry Royce Institute facilities, and we can help broker new connections where there is demand.

Q. Can my company rent office/lab 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. I would like to hear about relevant activities, news and opportunities - what are the options?

Maxwell programme runs a monthly e-newsletter with selected news, events and opportunities we deem to be of relevance to our external audiences. To subscribe to this newsletter please email  

Feel free to also follow us on Twitter:@Maxwell_Centre 

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 more 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.

Q. What personal information do we gather and process when you visit the Maxwell Centre website?

This explains what personal information we gather when you visit the specific website within the University of Cambridge domain called (Maxwell Centre).

Who will process my personal information?

The information published here applies to the use of your personal information (also known as ‘personal data’) by the University of Cambridge through the viewing or use of this site.

General personal information collected on our websites

When you visit any of the websites within the University of Cambridge domain we hold certain information about you for service and security reasons. For more information on this, please see

Specific personal information collected on this website

This site also may ask you to provide information about yourself when you fill in a form. The form will ask for your consent for us to hold and process the data you provided for the specific purpose(s) explained in the form and/or below. We use this personal information with your consent which you can withdraw at any time. We will hold your data as long as we believe it will be beneficial to you, or until you revoke your consent. We may share the information within our organisation (University of Cambridge), always ensuring that the personal information is kept safe.

Feedback and suggestions forms

We gather your inputs and collect some information about yourself (some of which may be personal information) so that we can understand and improve the service we provide to our community, event participants and visitors. By analysing feedback given by you and others in the context of your background (industry/academia/etc.), we can also demonstrate the value of this programme to various user groups, based on anonymised statistics. We may also use your contact details (for which we ask for your consent at the point of data collection) to approach you regarding your feedback, and/or for to keep you informed about the events and activities of the Maxwell Centre, and cognate activities more broadly in the University of Cambridge, which may be of interest to you in your professional capacity.

Events invitations, newsletters and other communications

We collect information about you when you register to attend a Maxwell Centre event.

The data we hold for this purpose is very limited (contact details: name, email address, name of the organisation you are affiliated with; sometimes also telephone number and address).  

The information you provide will be used to process your booking, and contact you regarding your participation. We may also contact you to undertake post-event evaluation and provide marketing information about events and services offered through the Maxwell Centre, University of Cambridge. All marketing communications will incorporate an option to opt-out of receiving further communications.

Please note that we may use Eventbrite to manage event booking. Eventbrite is a third-party service that is not owned or managed by the University of Cambridge. In those instances you should also review Eventbrite’s terms and conditions and privacy policy as we do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies.

We may also use your contact details to keep you informed about the events and activities of the Maxwell Centre, and cognate activities more broadly in the University of Cambridge, which may be of interest to you in your professional capacity.

Room/parking/desk booking forms

We collect information about you when you request access to specific Maxwell Centre facilities (e.g. meeting rooms, parking, etc.). The information you provide through the form will be used to process your booking request, and to contact you regarding your enquiry. We use and retain this personal data to fulfil our “contractual” relationship with you.  Anonymised general information will also be retained in the Maxwell Centre records of use of our facilities.

Please note that if you withdraw the consent for us to hold and process essential personal information (name, affiliation and contact details) in connection to your request ahead of your use of the Maxwell Centre facilities, we will no longer be able to accommodate your booking.

Further information

For more information about how we handle your personal information, and your rights under data protection legislation, please see

This note was last updated in May 2018.