Upcoming activities

 

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 upcoming activities here, 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

Date: Ongoing

Activity Summary: Explore the various upcoming activities being run by our Research and Innovation members in the lead up to COP26 in November 2021. 

Virtual Coffee: Data Visualisation for IoT Systems

Led by: CENSIS

Date: Thursday 4th March 2021

Activity Summary: This coffee break will look visualising data for IoT systems. Data visualisation is an essential part of an IoT system, taking important data from sensors and presenting it quickly – and securely – on screen. Incorporating different elements such as charts and graphs, data visualisation gives end users a straightforward way to see and understand behaviours, trends and patterns in data and allow quick decisions to be made.

Contact: sian.williams@censis.org.uk

The Coffee Break @ RIS

Led by: SICSA and ScotCHEM

In collaboration with: All Research Pools

Target Audience: Researchers across all disciplines

Date: Ongoing

Activity Summary: Research and Innovation Scotland are pleased to announce the launch of The Coffee Break @ RIS – an on-going opportunity to participate in short, informal online conversations with researchers in other disciplines from across RIS. 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.

The Coffee Break @ RIS facilitates short online calls between researchers in different fields from across the disciplines represented within RIS. We don’t place any expectations on the conversations.  Our aim is to make taking the opportunity to talk as straightforward and painless as possible. To minimise the impact on time, each one-to-one meet up lasts just 15 minutes – no longer than it would take to queue to use the coffee machine. The RIS team will coordinate the matching of participants from across disciplines and scheduling of meeting time and online meeting room.

The initiative is open to any researcher (academic, postdoc, PhD student) from any of the RIS research pools. To participate, just fill out the very short application form.

Contact: SICSA KE Director (on behalf of RIS) Timothy.Storer@glasgow.ac.uk

Homestretch: Creative Workshops for Social, Recuperative Space During Lockdown

Led by: SGSAH and SGSSS (The Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities and The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science)

In collaboration with: University of the West of Scotland

Date: Every Wednesday from 20th January to 10th March 2021 at 2-2.45pm

Target Audience: PhD and PGR researchers in Scotland

Activity Summary: Creative workshops for social, recuperative space during Lockdown. These sessions are designed to help get PhD and PGR researchers through the homestretch. They are an opportunity for some creative playful time off task that can bring us back better in mind and body and even inspired.  

Contact: Mariam Kadhim, The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities – mariam.kadhim@sgsah.ac.uk

Energy Innovation Emporium – How Research is Supporting the Green Recovery

Led by: ETP

Other Members Involved: ERAF (Energy Research Affiliate Forum) – All Research Pools

Date: 11th March 2021

Activity Summary: The just transition to a low carbon economy presents multi-disciplinary challenges which need collaboration across all sectors to resolve. It is crucial to ensure that society, as a whole, has access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy as we recover from the pandemic. What are these challenges, and how do we organise ourselves to tackle them? The Energy Innovation Emporium brings together the energy community to crystallise the benefits of a low-carbon future. By exploring the energy transition challenges, academia, industry and the public sector will identify avenues of innovation and cooperation that will define research and investment needs, and economic opportunities.

Contact: Jenny Smith, ETP: jennifer.l.smith@strath.ac.uk

Virtual Coffee: Enhancing GIS Data via IoT Networks

Led by: CENSIS

Date: Thursday 18th March 2021

Activity Summary: Led by CENSIS Business Development Manager Stephen Milne and System Architect Kevin Power, coffee break will look at the pairing of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – software that visualises spatial or geographic data as a map – with IoT devices and services.

Contact: sian.williams@censis.org.uk

World Water Day 2021 - "Valuing Water"

Led by: The Hydro Nation International Centre

In collaboration with: The Scottish Government

Date: Monday 22nd March 2021

Activity Summary: The Hydro Nation International Centre, with support from the Scottish Government is proud to be once again hosting World Water Day 2021 as a free online event on March 22nd. The World Water Day 2021 theme is “Valuing Water”, and we are thrilled to be hosting leading experts in Scottish water policy, industry and research to hear their perspectives on what it means for a nation to truly value water.

In addition to our keynote presentations and discussion fora, we will be hosting a series of immersive, three-dimensional exhibition spaces presenting the latest thinking in contemporary water issues, leading-edge water research, an exploration of the role of water in contemporary Scottish art and design, and more!

Contact: Jenny Smith, ETP: CREWwatersScotland@gmail.com

Bioeconomy Cluster Builder – Webinar Series

Led by: IBioIC, KTN and Scottish Enterprise

Date: Between October 2020 – March 2021

Activity Summary: The Bioeconomy Cluster Builder (BCB) project is a joint enterprise to introduce biotechnology solutions to new markets and grow the bioeconomy in Scotland. The BCB project will help companies outside of the current bioeconomy community understand and engage with biotechnology applications and bio-based products to improve sustainability, increase efficiency and improve product performance. It will do this through a structure of network development activities, events, and project and bid opportunities. SULSA and ScotCHEM are working with BCB to bring some targeted workshops to our academics in the area of Natural Products in 2021. In 2020 and into 2021 the BCB is delivering a series of webinars on the Bioeconomy. 

Contact: russell.clarke@ibioic.com

Virtual Coffee: IoT – Putting ‘Low Cost’ into Context

Led by: CENSIS

Date: Thursday 1st April 2021

Activity Summary: Led by CENSIS Business Development Managers Rachael Wakefield and Jim Cockram, this coffee break will look at the costs involved in buying, implementing and maintaining an IoT system. What do we really mean when we say ‘low cost’?

Contact: sian.williams@censis.org.uk

Innovation support for Scottish SMEs from SCOUT Project

Led by: Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

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).

Date: Ongoing

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!

Contact: Georgia.goodall@convergechallenge.com

Industrial Applications of Biomass and Waste Products

Led by: SULSA, Scot-CHEM, IBioIC and SAIC

In collaboration with: KTN

Date: Thursday 27th May 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.

Workshop 1 – Industrial applications of biomass and waste products. To register your interest please email jill.inkster@glasgow.ac.uk. 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

Contact: Alison.Dun@glasgow.ac.uk 

Synthetic Biology Approaches to ‘Unnatural’ Natural Products

Led by: SULSA, Scot-CHEM, IBioIC and SAIC

In collaboration with: KTN

Date: TBC

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.

Workshop 2 – Synthetic biology approaches to ‘unnatural’ natural products. To register your interest please email jill.inkster@glasgow.ac.uk. 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.

Contact: Alison.Dun@glasgow.ac.uk 

NMIS Insights Online – develop your knowledge, enhance your skills and be inspired

Led by: National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

Date: Ongoing

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. 

Contact: nmis-enquiries@strath.ac.uk

Graduate Employability Workshops

Led by: SULSAScotCHEM, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and Glasgow Economic Leadership (GEL

Date: Semester 2, 2021

Activity Summary: As part of the Life and Chemical Sciences Skills Investment Plan, this scheme aims to tackle the skills gap in the sector, raising the number of ‘industry ready’ graduates and promoting a career in this ever-growing sector in Scotland. SULSA and ScotCHEM have joined Dr Kevin Moore, OBE, and Dr Ronnie Palin to deliver the course to more Universities (11) in 2021 and incorporate our Scottish Innovation Centres into the program. Courses are in the planning stages for early 2021 in Semester 2.

Contact: Alison.Dun@glasgow.ac.uk