Here is the presentation I did at the EAZA Directors meeting at Chester. It is about the dialogue between the world of zoos and the world of politics EAZA Chester presentation3 COMPRESSED
Interesting set of meetings in Norfolk on Friday with a LEP Board Member, Jeanette Wheeler and then with former LEP Chair, Andy Wood re funding for the Germinal project at Banham
Glad to hear from friend and colleague Stefano at Wolverhampton University that a possible cooperation with a regional nature site may be moving forward. The offer of a mixed used facility at such site with a university partner embedded ( = the ‘New Zoo’ concept) fits very well indeed with future political ( and therefore funding) enthusiasm.
Glad to have secured an interview with Andy Burnham MP for next week. Got to know Andy a little over the years, and he has always been supportive of the zoo sector. He is of course the Labour candidate for Manchester’s Metro Mayor elections for May ( and so very likely the city region’s first elected Mayor). Will update him… Continue reading
My alma mater Chester Zoo has just announced 2016 figure to be just short of 1.9 million! Quite astonishing. A report earlier show that the zoo had made an annual contribution of £50 million to the North West Economy. Proof positive of the return to the public purse of an investment into a forward looking zoo site.
Did quite a lot of work over last few days on a concept for a biologically themed visitor site in Cuba which I hope may win some initial interest from a particular philanthropic source. Fingers crossed!
Looking forward to lunch with Jim O’Neill (former Treasury Minister) in early February. Lord O’Neill was a supporter of ‘New Zoo’ in office, and has kindly continued that interest now that he has left Government. Remarkable how such figures are sometimes able to help in a more direct and practical way once the restraints of office have been removed. Also… Continue reading
Good to have secured meeting with former Chancellor George Osborne re the ‘New Zoo’ projects and its relevance to the Northern Powerhouse agenda. Will also look to discuss the Bio Parc projects in Colombia, Cyprus and elsewhere
Looking forward to meeting with Oxford Innovation tomorrow at their Stockport Offices ( thanks to original introduction by Sir Michael Lyons). The potential for innovation centres or ‘incubation facilities” to be associated with the various projects we are associated with ( either here in the UK in ‘New Zoo’ or in the various ‘bio parc’ ideas around the world) has… Continue reading
Enjoying developing snow leopard concept suitable for funding for Welsh Mountain Zoo/ National Zoological Society of Wales
Good meeting at Bangor University yesterday with the North Wales Economic Ambition Board re capital funding for the £6 million ‘Here Be Dragons!’ project at the Welsh Mountain Zoo
1st April 2020
Dr Joao Da Silva
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Sao Paolo – SP
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From: Jose Da Silva
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University of Liverpool
My Dear Uncle Joao,
A warm message to you and all our family back in the global city of Sao Paolo….
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Very encouraged that Jim O’Neil ( Baron O’Neill of Gatley) has responded positively to my meeting request for ‘New Zoo’. Lord O’Neill is of course the Treasury Minister responsible for the Northern Powerhouse agenda, an economic development corridor from Liverpool to Sheffield. 2 of our 5 New Zoo projects are in Liverpool and Sheffield. Meeting at the Treasury in some weeks
The draft report on the potential for Knowsley’s capital ambition, the Bio-Inspiration Centre to stimulate new business activity in the region ( and so win funding) looks very strong
Just scheduled a meeting with Michael Gove and other senior Government figures re New Zoo for this Thursday morning, 25 June
Professor Sir Drummond Bone and myself looking forward to strategic meeting with Wellcome Trust of behalf of the ‘New Zoo’ movement
Good to have now secured date for meeting with David Willetts…. together with Drummond. By all accounts and senior advice all around… David’s influence and stature post election extremely conducive to New Zoo’s success…?
Have arranged for media personality and wildlife enthusiast Rory Bremner to visit New Zoo member, Edinburgh/ RZSS. Yery warm acceptance of the offer
The concept of ‘New Zoo’ brings together in a totally coherent way a number of very important, and, as first glance, very different elements. Here are unforgettable visitor experiences, new science research facilities, creation of exciting job opportunities for local people, conservation of native as well as exotic wildlife, championship of the zero carbon society, building nation to nation… Continue reading
Knowsley provided a wonderful behind the scenes tour for Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov and family (Irina, Sofia and Victoria) on Saturday 18 April. Kostya, based in Manchester, was the joint winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics in respect of the two-dimensional material graphene. See: http://goo.gl/nu1YNU. Kostya has also worked in bio-inspired research such as ‘gecko… Continue reading
DTE Foundation gives $500K grant for Detroit penguin centre: http://goo.gl/Hz5pV7
Good response to talk about NOAH Initiative to private and public sector audience last night in Yorkshire. Interesting to get such as positive and creative response to concept of designing and presenting the project so as to attract new business to the region?
Zoos and Innovation. Thought this was interesting and relevant to New Zoo goo.gl/kcexRb Parallels with our final year Liverpool U architect students and Bio-Inspiration at Knowsley
Memorandum of Understanding between University of East Anglia and Zoological Society of East Anglia
Pleased that this has been signed to underpin the UEA involvement in the Germinal project at Banham
Pleased that the special visit we set up for Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and family to Bristol Zoological Gardens went off so well ! Compliments to my colleagues at Bristol
Really pleased that Lord Heseltine recently reiterated his personal support for New Zoo to the Chair of the New Anglia LEP. Also encouraged that David Willetts was kind enough to describe our programme as ‘ingenious’, and offered a meeting post election.
Australian election promise of a $115 million revamp of Sydney’s Taronga Zoohttp://goo.gl/N7uytq Interesting and to learn from example of politicians using zoo investment to woo electorate
Pleased that Nobel Prize winner, Professor Kostya Novoselov (of graphene fame) has so enthusiastically accepted my invitation to a family visit at Knowsley Safari Park, site of the future Bio-Inspiration Centre.
Breakfast last week with a very senior member of the House of Lords, close to the Prime Minister. Very supportive and positive re future Government support for New Zoo. 10 Downing Street reception post election..? Immediate introduction to several senior political figures and central decision maker in one of UK’s biggest funding foundations. Very grateful!
We are delighted to have secured a small grant for Bio-Inspiration Centre at Knowsley Safari Park from Liverpool City Region. This will fund a study to evaluate the market potential for the concept with a view to major capital funding
Interesting piece on BBC Radio 4 Today programme just now re multiple technologies “bio-inspired” from limpets. More material for the Knowsley project.
Exploring a potential partnership within ‘New Zoo’ involving UK zoos and universities on one hand, and Brazilian zoo or botanic type organisations and Brazil universities/ research institutes on the other to draw down serious funding. See; http://www.newzoo.org.uk/
Scheduling a further 2 days of London meetings for 25 and 26 of February re funding for the 5 capital projects in New Zoo (estimated at £7 million each)…Research Director of Higher Education Funding Council…. Then NZ board member and former Leverhulme Trust Director. Next morning Lord Chadlington…. Then Peter Wheeler of The Nature Conservancy UK … followed… Continue reading
Delighted to win a breakfast meeting with Lord Chadlington, a very senior figure in Conservative Party, re New Zoo
George Freeman, Minister for Life Sciences: “New Zoo is a unique and timely initiative that has the potential to promote public engagement across a wide range of scientific, environmental, and health-related challenges, such as climate change, food development, genetics and antibiotic resistance. There are exeptional opportunities for the private sector to become involved in this initiative and thereby win… Continue reading
Working with colleagues on business plan for Here Be Dragons! capital project at Welsh Mountain Zoo/ National Zoo of Wales. Significant that one of the UK’s most senior business figures has taken a strong interest in the project’s fundraising
Organising dinner in Southwold, Suffolk to be hosted by ex LEP Chair in support of the Germinal capital build at Banham. Lot of busy diaries to coordinate!
This is an interesting project with clear analogies to what we are looking to do in New Zoo. See: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/01/liberty_science_center_announces_230_million_expan.html
Wednesday and Thursday full of London meetings re New Zoo…. Wednesday afternoon saw old friend Brian Conn at FTI re New Zoo ( and BioParc Mesopotamia)… then dinner with a very senior business figure, who is assisting with political connections at the highest level for New Zoo. Thursday morning breakfast with Chris Hyman of the… Continue reading
Doing a round up of dialogues with potential funders for New Zoo so as to update the five sites involved. It is quite striking how many doors at the most senior level ( trusts, companies, etc.) have been opened by our advisory board
George Howarth MP kindly convened a meeting involving the new CEO of Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council on Friday 16th. I had the chance to re-state the national New Zoo framework for the project . KMBCstrongly re-affirmed their commitment.
John Minion and I presented on Friday to the relevant private sector representative body in Yorkshire. Incredibly positive and supportive response with all sectors around the table seeing value and partnership for them in the NOAH Initiative concept. Strong momentum forward for an ERDF bid
Delighted that the University of East Anglia and the Zoological Society of East Anglia have signed their first ever Memorandum of Understanding. This will underpin the progress of the Germinal project at ZSEA’s Banham site.