Chief Scientific Advisor

In 2012, North East Technology Park (NETPark) appointed Durham University academic, Professor Brian Tanner, as its Chief Scientific Advisor.

Professor Tanner was recently awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, the UK’s highest accolade for business success, for his work in promoting enterprise and business nationally and internationally for over 30 years. An expert in the X-ray examination of materials, he received the 2005 Barrett Award from the Pennsylvania-based International Centre for Diffraction Data.


He is currently Professor of Physics and Dean of Knowledge Transfer at Durham University, with responsibility for enterprise, business relations and technology and knowledge transfer.  He has had a significant impact on technology transfer and the development of spin-out companies, many of them with local bases.

Professor Tanner continues to be influential in the ongoing development of NETPark in Sedgefield. As Chief Scientific Advisor at NETPark, Professor Tanner plays a vital role in helping to support the continued growth of the science park through his knowledge, skills and experience of working in different industry fields.


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    Catherine Johns

    Innovation and Business Growth Director

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Did You Know?

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