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Science Advancing Society

Dramatically shortening the timeline between discovery and societal impact through world-class research, training, and entrepreneurship in a nimble scientific enterprise.

The University of Oregon's Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is an ambitious $1 billion initiative to fast-track scientific discoveries into innovations that improve quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and the world. The Knight Campus will work to reshape the state’s public higher education landscape by training new generations of scientists, engaging in new interdisciplinary research, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs, and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

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Knight Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony

Little more than 16 months after announcing the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, the University of Oregon is inviting the public to celebrate breaking ground on the ambitious $1 billion initiative.

A ceremony is slated for 1 p.m. on March 2, adjacent to the current construction site, near 1399 Franklin Boulevard.

Groundbreaking Information Ceremony RSVP

Robert Guldberg

Engineer with Medical Flair

Robert Guldberg to take the helm of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact next fall

Get to Know Robert

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Impact and Curiosity Come to Life

The University of Oregon unveiled architectural renderings of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, revealing a singular design where impact and curiosity will come to life.

Discover the Vision

Message from the Executive Director

Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips
Acting Executive Director
Phil and Penny 
Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

Winter 2018

Dear Colleagues,

As I write, crews are preparing the building site for the Phil and Penny Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. That we’ve successfully held to such a tight timeline is a credit to our team, including UO folks in design and construction and to our contractors, Hoffman Construction, and the combination of Bora and Ennead architects. To mark the occasion, we’re planning a groundbreaking ceremony later this term. We will share details in Around the O as they are confirmed.


Updates from the Acting Executive Director

OHSU and UO partnership

To further catalyze discovery and scientific impact, OHSU President Joe Robertson and UO President Michael Schill have called for increased partnerships between OHSU and UO faculty. Three areas are currently being explored: research collaborations, educational programs, and administrative policies.

Explore the Partnership

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Highlights of News Coverage

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Is Oregon great? Science projects aim to put the state’s universities on the map

February 18, 2018
The Oregonian

Approve higher ed bonds: Now’s the time for UO science campus, other projects

February 19, 2018
The Register-Guard editorial


Knight Campus Videos

A Spectrum of Promise
Laura Lee McIntyre gave a community presentation where she highlighted how early identification of developmental disorders can lead to promising intervention and prevention strategies.
Engineer with Medical Flair
Robert Guldberg will take the helm as executive director of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact in fall 2018.
Science at the Nexus of Life and Death
Patrick Phillips gave a community science talk where he provided an example of the types of impacts that the Knight Campus will have on the future of research.


Researchers at both institutions will get help applying for grants to conduct joint projects

A Register-Guard editorial, Feb. 19, 2018. 

The event will mark the formal start of construction on the $1 billion science center

The latest update on the project from acting executive director Patrick Phillips is now available

Benjamín Alemán’s career plans were set until an introductory physics class launched him into the world of the super small, where anything—including a cure for blindness—is possible

Laura Lee McIntyre spoke as part of an ongoing series hosted by the Knight Campus

Robert Guldberg of Georgia Tech is tapped as executive director of the $1 billion initiative

Patrick Phillips will also provide updates on the Knight Campus at the Nov. 29 talk in Portland