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 organisations upcoming activities, please contact us

All of our events follow the principles laid out in our Equality and Diversity Policy.

Dive-In! Protecting Our Ocean

Led by: University of St Andrews; MASTS

Target Audience: General Public

Date: 8th October 2021 – 30th January 2022

Activity Summary: Dive In takes visitors to explore the importance of the ocean, threats it faces, and the changes we can make for ocean health and climate stability. This is public engagement, but also an experiment in methods and collaborations for behavioural change. Expertise has been drawn from the Museums of the University of St Andrews, environmental psychology and behavioural change experts, the Scottish Oceans Institute and the People Ocean Planet initiative.

Contact:Chris Leakey, MASTS – cdbl1@st-andrews.ac.uk

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.

The Coffee Break @ RIS

Led by: SICSA and ScotCHEM

In collaboration with: All Research Pools

Target Audience: Any researcher (academic, postdoc, PhD student) from any of the RIS Research Pools and Innovation Centres

Date: Ongoing

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

NMIS Insights Online – Develop Your Knowledge, Enhance Your Skills And Be Inspired

Led by: National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

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. 

Contact: nmis-enquiries@strath.ac.uk



Led by: Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre

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

Date: Ongoing

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.

Contact: grant.reilly@dhi-scotland.com

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

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


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

Contact: sian.williams@censis.org.uk


ERDF Scout Project

Led by: Scottish Enterprise, Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), CMAC Future Manufacturing Research Hub (CMAC) and the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC).

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.