Scottish Research Innovation Futures: A vision for societal change and sustainable recovery
A challenge-focused workshop series, organised by Research Innovation Scotland in collaboration with KTN.
This series aims to take a closer look at key challenge areas and understand how collaborative research and innovation can contribute to overcoming them in Scotland’s mission to build back better.
The first workshop for each challenge theme will be a closed event with a cross-sectoral audience and serve as a scoping exercise. Further activities will follow with opportunities for more open engagement so please do register interest in any of the themes you would be keen to hear more about.
Workshop One: Health and Wellbeing Theme
Title of Workshop: Our Future Health in Scotland
Date: Tuesday 18th May 2021
Overview: The workshop aims to identify where the immediate and long-term challenges exist for our Health Service and how collaborative research and innovation can help overcome them. The focus for workshop 1 will be on two key areas within the Health Tech sector: 1) Management of existing long-term conditions, 2) Early detection of disease. These are areas that contain opportunities to address the clinical backlog that has been impacted by COVID-19. The Scottish Government’s inward investment plan has highlighted Health Tech as a key area, this workshop will act as a scoping exercise to gather input on the specific challenges within this area as well as on further priority areas to address for Our Future Health in Scotland.
Contributors: SRPe, SICSA, ScotCHEM, SUPA, DHI, CENSIS, PMS-IC
Workshop Two: Economic Development and Enterprise Theme
Title of Workshop: The Future of Work in Scotland
Time and date: TBC June 2021
Overview: This workshop aims to explore how collaborative research and innovation can build on the Government’s vision of Scotland’s Digital future and Scotland’s Green Economic Recovery to create economic growth, and feed the high value skills pipeline to address the challenges and exploit the opportunities ahead.
The workshop will focus on the acceleration of digitalisation in two key areas, aligned with Government priorities: 1) ‘Manufacturing and Green Economic Recovery’ and 2) ‘Digital Infrastructure’. Running through these two key areas is a need to upscale the skills pipeline to keep pace with this acceleration and future-proof our skills mix, and the role of Research and Innovation in this will also be explored. This workshop will serve as a scoping exercise, to gather input on the specific challenges and opportunities within these key areas, as well as on further priority targets to address.
Contributors: SULSA, SINAPSE and SUPA
Workshop Three: Just Transition to a Net Zero Carbon Society Theme
Title of Workshop: Sustainable Mobility & Manufacturing Sectors
Time and date: TBC July 2021
Overview: This workshop aims to identify where the immediate and long-term challenges exist for the Just Transition to Net Zero and how collaborative research and innovation can help overcome them. This third workshop will focus on two key areas within zero carbon; aligned with Government priorities (Scottish Government Energy Strategy; Scottish Government Hydrogen Policy Statement; Scottish Government Cliamte Change Plan; Transport Scotland National Transport Strategy; Just Transition Commission – A national mission for a fairer, greener Scotland).
Contributors: SUPA, MASTS, SAGES and SICSA
Link to register interest in future events: coming soon
Workshop Four: Climate and Environment Theme
Title of Workshop: Transition to Net Zero Landscapes
Time and date: Tuesday 7th September 2021
Overview: This workshop will focus on prioritisation for landscape planning and economic recovery driven by the UK net zero ambition. This will include examining relative benefits of sustainable and innovative technologies to reduce GHC emissions (wind and wave power, waste reduction, circular economy, agricultural methods etc) while promoting a blue-green recovery. The workshop will compare spatial planning and land use policy approaches across terrestrial, transitional and marine landscapes and consider “translational benefits” and the sharing of expertise.