University of Cambridge


The Hauser Forum

Focal point for entrepreneurship

The Hauser Forum, opened in 2010 by University Chancellor, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, is a new state-of-the-art focal point for entrepreneurship in the East of England.

Featuring two landmark buildings, the Broers Building and the Entrepreneurship Centre, the Hauser Forum is stimulating innovative collaboration between clusters of academics, start-up and established businesses.

The forum is situated on the University of Cambridge's West Cambridge Research and Development Park which also includes many notable buildings at the forefront of science research including: The Microsoft Research Centre, Schlumberger Research Centre and the University's Cavendish Laboratory.

The construction of the Hauser Forum was made possible by an £8 million donation to the University of Cambridge by The Hauser-Raspe Foundation on behalf of Hermann Hauser and his wife Pamela Raspe, and a £2 million grant from EEDA, the East of England Development Agency. The centre is managed and operated by the University of Cambridge.

The Hauser Forum will play a central role in setting the future agenda for innovation in the university, the region and for the UK economy.

Professor Lynn Gladden, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research

About the building

The Hauser Forum was designed by Wilkinson Eyre with Archial Architects and features a modern and spacious design that rises from the beautiful agricultural land to the west of Cambridge. The development is naturally ventilated and includes many green features including an underground labyrinth to pre-cool incoming air, ground source heat pumps and an attenuation pond and reed beds to filter run-off water.

The Entrepreneurship Centre

This state-of-the-art, multi-purpose installation featuring a modular seminar and meeting space, café and atrium social meeting area, office units and landscaped gardens. The centre already has five tenants including Cambridge Enterprise and ideaSpace, a pioneering initiative to support emerging innovations and link them with entrepreneurial activities in the East of England.

The Broers Building

The Broers Building which has its own website was named in honour of the former University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor Lord Broers. The building is adjacent to the Entrepreneurship Centre and offers state-of-the-art office space and resources in which small to medium-sized enterprises can lease space to work in closer partnership with University researchers and commercialisation activities.


High-profile neighbours

The University of Cambridge's West Cambridge Research and Development Park also includes many notable buildings at the forefront of science research including: The Microsoft Research Centre, Schlumberger Research Centre, the University's Cavendish Laboratory, The Whittle Laboratory, Computer Laboratory, Institute for Manufacturing and Department of Veterinary Medicine.

West Cambridge is ideally located offering easy access to the M11 (adjacent to Junction 13), A14, A11 and lies close to one of Cambridge's Park and Ride sites – Madingley Road Park and Ride. There are two bus routes which travel around the West Cambridge site, Uni4 Madingley Road Park and Ride to Addenbrookes, and Citi4 Cambourne to City Centre. How to get here »

Hauser Forum aerial photograph