National Innovation Centre for Ageing

National Innovation Centre for Ageing

The Catalyst
3 Science Square, Newcastle Helix
Newcastle upon Tyne



A globally ageing population presents us with many challenges and opportunities.

Key challenges include:

  • living better for longer – keeping people as healthy as possible as they age
  • ageing in place – helping them stay in their own homes
  • maintaining quality of life when illness develops

And many opportunities exist too.

Older people are a large proportion of consumers with potential economic advantages. They can offer extended employment and post retirement options (eg volunteering). This adds productive value as well as enhancing social unity.

They comprise a powerful social network via engagement with technology and the digital world.

The National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) does this by matching the needs and demands of an ageing population, with world-leading science, technology and design.

The National Innovation Centre foe Ageing (NICA) brings together business, academia and the public to stimulate innovation of products and services that make older lives better. This is at our iconic new building, which is shared with innovation experts and businesses. Part-funded by the Medical Research Council, the building, which will open from 2020, will be at the heart of Science Central.

This innovation precinct is a place where people work together in creative and entrepreneurial ways; supporting interaction between sectors, disciplines and geographic boundaries.

Contact us to get involved and enrol in a future to feel proud of.


Constructing Excellence: An Ageing Intelligent Building

Four and a half years ago, The UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA), together with colleagues in NICD (the National Innovation Centre for Data) started the process of defining and shaping what was to be our future home – The Catalyst in Newcastle. As the...

North East England driving growth of life sciences sector in the UK

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£50m National Innovation Centre completes at Newcastle Helix

The highly anticipated Catalyst building, designed by National Architects GSSArchitecture, has welcomed its first residents, Newcastle University’s teams from the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) and the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD),...

Tender: National Innovation Centres for Aging and Data

Newcastle University is constructing a new building called the catalyst building to co-host the National Institute for Aging and the National Institute for Data. A tender to appoint a Contractor to provide Innovation Centre building management services and marketing...

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