The Research and Innovation Landscape in Scotland is packed full of exciting activities and events which are driven from across industry, the NHS, government agencies and the education sector. Interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral activity is key to economic growth and societal benefit and your research and development is fundamental to driving that forward. Look out for the RIS logo marking activities being led by the Scottish Research Pools.
To showcase your organisations upcoming activities, please contact us.
All of our events follow the principles laid out in our Equality and Diversity Policy.
COP26 RIS Activities
Led by: Various members of Research Innovation Scotland
Activity Summary: The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) will be held in Glasgow on 1st – 12th November 2021. The Research Pools, Innovation Centres and Interface are all working on numerous interdisciplinary and cross-cutting activities in the build-up to COP26. Keep an eye on our dedicated COP26 RIS Activities page to stay up to date and get involved!
Scottish Research Innovation Futures Workshop Series
Led by: Various members of Research Innovation Scotland in collaboration with KTN
Date: Various dates in 2021
Activity Summary: 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.
NMIS Insights Online – Develop Your Knowledge, Enhance Your Skills And Be Inspired
Date: Multiple dates in 2021
Activity Summary: The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) is a group of industry-led manufacturing research and development facilities transforming skills, productivity and innovation in Scotland helping to make the country a global leader in advanced manufacturing. The need to engage with key technology developments and the wider industrial landscape is more important now than ever before for those in the manufacturing and engineering community.
Join our NMIS Insights webinars as we continue to support and inspire employers and employees alike with our series of technology-briefings, brought to you by our world-class team of engineers, researchers and industry partners. Each webinar has the team delving into a different key manufacturing technology, often with input from companies and subject-matter experts from across industry, academia and public sector.
Energy Innovation Emporium Webinar Series 2021
Led by: ETP
In collaboration with: WES; SRUC; CS-IC; ESC; OREC; SULSA; ZWS; ScotCHEM; SRPe; NMIS; DataLab; MASTS; SG; SFC
Date: Multiple dates from May – October 2021
Target Audience: Funders; Policy Makers; Academics and Innovators; Industry/End users; both at home and abroad
Activity Summary: This series of webinars will use COP26 as a springboard to greater collaboration and investment, especially international. It will inform the global energy community how Scottish R&I can help deliver carbon emission reduction targets, especially around Nationally Determined Contributions, to encourage collaborative activity between Scottish academic research base and external parties.
Learn more: ERAF Emporium Series 2021
Led by: The Data Lab
Target Audience: Open to all
Date: Three themed weeks of DataFest activities throughout the year with the Data Summit taking place on Wednesday 24th November 2021
Activity Summary: DataFest21 will run from March to November 2021. Following the launch event, there will be three themed weeks of DataFest activities throughout the year, and the festival will culminate with Data Summit.
‘Our Future’ will tackle cutting-edge technologies and innovative uses of AI and our data.
‘Our People’ will focus on the social and wellbeing aspects of our data use
‘Our Planet’ will cover environmental and climate change themes and how our data can help to shape the future of the planet.
The overarching theme of #OurData will be explored to spark discussion about how we, as data users and as a community, can use data for good to help solve or ease the world’s problems.
Data Summit will be a one-day event, taking place on Wednesday 24th November. We hope to bring you a hybrid (part virtual, part live) event, but this will depend on the restrictions in place at the time. We are making some exciting plans to bring you speakers picked from the biggest names in the data science community. Watch this space for announcements or register to receive future updates.
Next Gen Climate Leaders Competition
In collaboration with: 2050 Climate Group
Target Audience: Competition entries invited from persons aged 18-35 years old from MASTS, SAGES and 2050 Climate Group communities. Audiences for final video outputs are broad, including public.
Date: May – November 2021
Activity Summary: With strong messaging grounded in robust science, this competition will lead us to showcase some of Scotland’s inspirational young climate leaders, from three diverse and influential networks: MASTS, SAGES and 2050 Climate Group’s Young Leaders Network.
In this video-competition, we invite low-tech submissions from which the very best will be selected for production of high-quality versions to be shared widely. The winners will be invited to contribute to a session at the 2050 Climate Group Youth Summit.
Contact: Chris Leakey, MASTS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Synthetic Biology Approaches to ‘Unnatural’ Natural Products
In collaboration with: KTN
Date: TBC – Autumn 2021
Target Audience: Academics, Industry and Public Health
Activity Summary: The RIS Natural Products team (see our case study) have been active this year developing two workshops and a networking event for early 2021. Our 2 workshops will run as part of the IBioIC/KTN Bioeconomy Cluster Builder and be focused on Industry Challenges, representatives from academia, business and NHS are all welcome.
If you are from the industry sector, we are interested to hear what you think the key challenges are – help us by completing our online form.
SAGES Stories: Scottish Science for a Climate Ready Future
Led by: SAGES
Date: January – October 2021
Target Audience: Lay Audience (Adults + Families)
Activity Summary: A diverse and exciting online events series showcases the breadth of scientific research across Scotland launches in January 2021. In the run up to COP26, SAGES are organising free monthly events to engage adults and families across the UK and beyond. From Arctic sea ice to Highland peatlands, members will share pioneering, positive stories of how researchers work together to understand our world and provide solutions to the climate emergency.
Blue Carbon II – International Conference
Date: 12-13th November 2021
Target Audience: Science & Policy Practitioners
Activity Summary: The Conference will gather an international audience (including COP26 delegates) to participate in a series of plenary sessions and workshops, addressing scientific and policy-facing issues, to address Blue Carbon developments in the context of the Global Climate Emergency. The meeting will include policy and science talks, workshops and discussions to highlight current best practice as well as emerging opportunities going beyond the current frameworks, challenges and threats to Blue Carbon.
COP26 Face the Facts: the faces behind Scotland’s Climate Science
Date: December 2020 – November 2021
Target Audience: Lay audience
Activity Summary: The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scottish Science Advisory Council and Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society, are collaborating to help highlight Scottish research and science and its contribution to understanding and tackling climate change. A broad range of researchers and practitioners in Scotland whose work relates to the Earth’s climate are being interviewed and we will publish new videos every month in the lead up to COP26.
The Coffee Break @ RIS
In collaboration with: All Research Pools
Target Audience: Any researcher (academic, postdoc, PhD student) from any of the RIS Research Pools and Innovation Centres
Activity Summary: Join us again for another Coffee Break @ RIS, an on-going opportunity to participate in short, informal online conversations with researchers in other disciplines from across Research Innovation Scotland. Working across disciplines is notoriously difficult in ordinary circumstances. Currently, we don’t have those opportunities for fortuitous encounters that happen in the coffee break – the kind of conversations that can, just sometimes, lead to something really interesting.
To minimise the impact on time, each one-to-one meet up lasts just 15 minutes. The RIS team will coordinate the matching of participants from across disciplines and scheduling of meeting time and online meeting rooms. We don’t place any expectations on these conversations…it is simply an introduction!
To participate, just fill out the very short application form.
So far this initiative has welcomed 76 participants requesting more than 130 meetings. Some of the feedback from these meetings includes:
- “Excellent initiative and opportunity”
- “This is my second coffee break and I really enjoyed both chats about research background/sharing experience. Brilliant!”
- “Interesting chat, there may be some overlap to explore, we’ve left follow-up open; but I can also see cross-over with my colleagues’ work even if less directly with mine, so there may be some direct impact.”
Contact: SICSA KE Director (on behalf of RIS) Timothy.Storer@glasgow.ac.uk
Innovation support for Scottish SMEs from SCOUT Project
In collaboration with: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by Scottish Enterprise, CMAC Future Manufacturing Research Hub (CMAC) and the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, (IBioIC).
Activity Summary: The SCOUT Project, over the next 3 years, will bring together the strong technical expertise and facilities of CPI together with CMAC and IBioIC, to support SMEs (operating in high-value chemical or biochemical supply chains) with business growth through innovation challenges, generating new ideas, partnerships and revenues, helping to accelerate the delivery of disruptive technology to the market.
Contact: via website
Converge KickStart Challenge
Led by: Converge
Date: Begins Tuesday 26th January
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!
In collaboration with: Scottish Government, HIE, NHS NSS, NHS Highland, NHS Grampian, NHS Western Isles, Medtronic UK, Corporate Health International, University of Aberdeen, University of Strathclyde
Target Audience: Public sector, Commercial Industry, Academia, Citizens
Activity Summary: An integral part of the national redesign of outpatient gastroenterology services, enabling early and effective screening in the community, avoiding unnecessary hospital referrals and travel. The new innovative SCOTCAP service delivery model is adopted as part of the Covid-19 remobilisation plans for Endoscopy Services, not only benefiting NHS Scotland but the wider Life Sciences Community, generating economic growth and jobs for Industry/ SME’s based in remote/ rural regions in Scotland.
CENSIS Conversations: Climate Change and COP26 Video
Led by: CENSIS
In collaboration with: Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise
Activity Summary: A panel discussion exploring climate change and COP26 covering:
– How decisions made at COP will affect businesses and organisations in every market sector, and what they can do to respond
– Scotland’s COP mobilisation strategy
– Glasgow City and COP26
– How IoT, innovation and collaboration can help address climate change
ERDF Scout Project
Activity Summary: Benefit from this structured diagnostic business tool designed to help companies understand where they sit in the innovation continuum and identify actions to bring your innovation closer to commercialisation. The ERDF funded SCOUT project helps SMEs in Scotland to address innovation challenges. The project is delivered in partnership with CMAC and IbioIC.