Innovation in Security and Defence: The ISST Innovation Ecosystem at Imperial College London

The ISST Innovation Ecosystem

 In a rapidly changing world, tomorrow’s security and defence challenges will need industry, government and academia to work closely to help generate the development of new science and technology, at pace.

Recognising this, we have established an Innovation Ecosystem dedicated to looking at the next generation of solutions for security and defence problems at Imperial’s White City Campus.

What we do


We have colocated key organisations to create an environment that cultivates the formation of R&D partnerships and the growth of start-ups and SMEs.


We host international visits and delegations to discuss the intersection of technology with emerging issues and trends in national security, defence and resilience.


We match external requirements with Imperial’s world-class academics for collaborations and contract R&D work. We also co-develop PhDs, corporate MSc projects, internships and fellowships.

Our Partners

Start-ups and SMEs


Industry, government and academic partners

The Campus

Imperial has made a major investment in a new 23-acre campus at the heart of White City, one of London’s most exciting, dynamic and rapidly changing neighbourhoods. The area is home to pioneers in arts, culture, innovation, science and learning – organisations like BBC Media Village and the Royal College of Art. 

The north site is home to multidisciplinary research facilities, innovation spaces for businesses of all sizes, and accommodation for postgraduate students and flats. 

The south site will be a new innovation space for London, bringing together the best research, talent and business-building expertise.