Aligned initiatives

The Research Pools, Innovation Centres and Interface work with organisations and networks that span the Scottish Research and Innovation landscape, here are some exciting new interdisciplinary and innovative activities happening across Scotland. To showcase your upcoming activities here, please contact us.


Aberrant Cell State Transitions in Disease Virtual Meeting

Led by: Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, MRC Human Genetics Unit, CRUK Edinburgh Centre and the University of Edinburgh

Date: 23rd – 24th September 2020

Activity Summary: The integration of multimodal ‘omic’ and imaging data and the interpretation of cellular heterogeneity demands new statistical and AI approaches that must be embedded in experimental design and data analysis. This multidisciplinary approach is at the core of the upcoming 4D Cellular Medicine hub, which aims to understand disease across scales from the level of molecules to cells and tissues in their 3D spatial context and across time (4D). To learn more about the activity in this area you can register for the “Aberrant Cell State Transitions in Disease” symposium.


Black History Month - SGSSS and SGSAH Lunchtime Talks

Led by: Scottish Graduate School of Social Science DTP 

In collaboration with: Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities DTP

Date: Every Wednesday in October from 13:15 – 14:00

Activity Summary: Black History Month takes place in October every year. It focuses on people whose sacrifices, contributions and achievements against a backdrop of racism, inequality, and injustice are often forgotten about.  As part of Black History Month in October 2020, SGSSS and SGSAH are joining forces to offer a series of ‘Lunchtime talks’ to our doctoral communities celebrating the history, achievements, and contributions of black and minority ethnic people from across Scotland.


Artificial Intelligence in MRI

Led by: IPEM MRI Special Interest Group

In Collaboration with: Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and SINAPSE

Date: Wednesday 18th November 2020

Activity Summary: We appear to be on the cusp of a range of artificial intelligence techniques penetrating healthcare. MRI is no exception to this with AI methods are now becoming available for image segmentation, image interpretation and image reconstruction. The purpose of this meeting is to give an overview of the current status of AI techniques applied to MR data and to explore developments that are likely to become clinically available in the near future. 


Photonics for...Online Series

Led by: KTN

In collaboration with: Fraunhofer UK and Hamamatsu Photonics 

Date: 1st September 2020 through to January 2021

Activity Summary: The “Photonics for…” webinar series, in partnership with Hamamatsu Photonics and the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics, will look at photonics technologies in a variety of sectors and applications. Speakers from industry and academia will highlight the latest developments and KTN will provide an overview of the landscape and funding opportunities for each area.

Contact: via website

Converge KickStart Challenge

Led by: Converge

Date: Early 2021

Activity Summary: The Kickstart Challenge is a national programme open to all students, recent graduates and staff across all Scottish Universities and Research Institutes. Delivered by Converge, Scotland’s largest company creation programme for the Higher Education sector, the programme is aimed at early-stage, innovative projects embarking on the first steps of the commercialisation journey. Successful applicants benefit from expert business training and hands-on support. We also have £15,000 of prizes up for grabs!