Stephen Cox, Executive Secretary of the Royal Society said: "The Kavli Royal Society Centre will gather some of the world's greatest scientific minds. In bringing these people together in a residential atmosphere we hope to create the sort of intense thinking and activity that gave rise to major breakthroughs such as the Apollo project or the decoding of the human genome."
"The Kavli Royal Society Centre at Chicheley Hall will be the new 'home of science' where scientists, technologists and engineers from all over the UK and the world will be able to meet in a residential setting to discuss and develop their work. The Centre is a new venture for the Royal Society and represents a long term investment in UK science by the Society and the Kavli Foundation.
The Royal Society has received significant support from the Kavli Foundation and others, to assist in the purchase and development of the Grade 1 listed early Georgian Country House, Chicheley Hall. Chicheley Hall is located in North Buckinghamshire, just outside of Milton Keynes. Work has started on the renovation and is due to be completed in early summer 2010.