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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.

Robert Guldberg

An Engineer with Medical Flair

Robert E. Guldberg, a mechanical engineer well-versed in medical research and entrepreneurship, is the incoming executive director of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.

Meet Robert

Knight Campus Construction Underway

The University of Oregon formally marked the start of construction on the Knight Campus with a ceremony on March 2.

Celebrate Construction

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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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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.


David McCormick, director of the UO’s Institute of Neuroscience, will give a free science talk April 17

Thermo Fisher Scientific's gift will help fund diversity scholarships for graduate students

Robert Guldberg, who comes to the UO from Georgia Tech, will speak April 4 in Lillis Hall

One of the UO's most generous supporters steps up again in hope of sparking other gifts

‘This is an important moment in the history of our university,’ President Schill says at a groundbreaking ceremony

The 2018 legislative session passes the halfway mark as bills work their way through both houses

Two existing master's-level programs have been combined under the Knight Campus banner

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

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