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.

COP26 RIS Activities

Led by: Various members of Research Innovation Scotland

Date: Ongoing

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

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

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

Contact: stephenmark.williams@strath.ac.uk

DataFest 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.

Contact: datafest@thedatalab.com


SHINE Network Event

Led by: Scottish Health & Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship (SHINE) – a SULSA funded network

In collaboration with: University of St Andrews, University of Strathclyde, SULSA, CENSIS, IBioIC

Target Audience: Open to all

Date: Monday 10th May 2021 at 19:00 – 20:45

Activity Summary: Scottish Health & Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship (SHINE) is a new SULSA-funded network working toward bringing together innovators and entrepreneurs with ideas at the bio and or health interface, across Scotland. Various topics will be explored monthly. This workshop has a focus on Small Molecule Therapeutics.

Contact: Professor Rebecca Goss, University of St Andrews – rjmg@st-andrews.ac.uk 


The Dear Green Bothy Event at SGSAH Summer School - Call for Expressions of Interest

Led by: Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities

Target Audience: SGSAH-Funded and other Arts & Humanities PhD Researchers across Scotland

Date: Deadline for submission Friday 14th May

Activity Summary: As part of our annual Summer School (21-25 June) SGSAH is hosting a pop-up event in collaboration with the University of Glasgow’s College of Arts initiative ‘The Dear Green Bothy’, aimed at demonstrating the vital role played by arts and humanities research in understanding and addressing climate emergency.

The event will feature short (c.5 minutes) presentations from PhD researchers exploring existing and emergent research in the areas of climate emergency and the environmental humanities. These might take a variety of forms, including but not limited to: readings and performances, pre-recorded videos, short papers or think pieces, from individual doctoral researchers or as collaborations with other PhD researchers, or external partners (e.g. from partnership PhDs).  

At this stage we are inviting expressions of interest from all SGSAH-funded and other arts & humanities PhD researchers across Scotland. If you are working in the areas of the environmental humanities and climate emergency, and would like to disseminate your research to a wider audience, do get in touch with SGSAH Director, Prof Claire Squires, at director@sgsah.ac.uk by  Friday 14 May with an indication of what form you think your presentation might take.  

Contact: SGSAH Director, Prof Claire Squires director@sgsah.ac.uk

CENSIS Virtual Coffee: IoBD – the Internet of Brewing and Distilling

Led by: CENSIS

Date: Thursday 20th May 2021, 10:00 – 11:00

Target Audience: Open to all

Activity Summary: This discussion will look how IoT can support the brewing and distilling industries. From multinational companies to small batch producers of craft beer or sprits, brewers and distillers are beginning to recognise the benefits of IoT to not only manage their manufacturing processes, but also comply with regulations, create stronger supply chains, and even engage with consumers.

Contact: sian.williams@censis.org.uk

Industrial Applications of Biomass and Processing By-Products

Led by: SULSA and Scot-CHEM

In collaboration with: IBioIC, SAIC, Interface, Bioeconomy Cluster Builder, KTN

Date: Thursday 27th May 2021 at 13:00 – 15:00

Target Audience: Academics, Industry and Public Health

Activity Summary: The Scottish Natural Products Network (SNaPNet) team alongside SULSA, ScotCHEM, IBioIC, SAIC and Interface, spans areas such as pharmaceuticals, biofuels, animal feed and drug discovery. SNaPNet, as part of the IBioIC/KTN Bioeconomy Cluster Builder workshop series, are hosting two workshops in 2021. The first: Industrial Applications of Biomass and Processing By-products, is a 2 hour workshop bringing together specialists from a range of fields, focused on industry need and how research and innovation can support. This event will provide an opportunity for both academics and industrialists to showcase.

Learn more about SNapNet by reading their case study.

Contact: Alison.Dun@glasgow.ac.uk 


CENSIS Virtual Coffee: Using IoT to Support Scotland’s Net Zero Ambitions

Led by: CENSIS

Target Audience: Open to all

Date: Thursday 3rd June 2021, 10:00 – 11:00

Activity Summary: This virtual coffee session will look at how IoT can be used as an enabler to help address climate change challenges which are impacting on the wellbeing and sustainability of citizens, natural ecosystems and traditional ways of doing business. While the technologies that underpinned earlier waves of industrialisation have been responsible for much of the world’s manmade climate change, the next (fourth) wave of industrialisation that includes IoT looks set to provide us with the technologies that can help reduce carbon emissions.

Contact: sian.williams@censis.org.uk


RMetS Student Evening - Call for Abstracts

Led by: Royal Meteorological Society

Target Audience: PhD Students

Date: Deadline for submission Wednesday 16th June 2021

Activity Summary: The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) is looking for engaging talks from the PhD student community for the Scottish Centre’s student evening, in Feb 2022. We are looking for TWO students, to each provide a talk of 20mins (plus 5mins for Q&A), related to the scientific study and application of weather, climate and related disciplines. To apply, please complete the online application form by noon, Wednesday 16th June 2021. 

Contact: Richard Tabony, RMetS Scottish Centre, scotland@rmets.org

CENSIS Virtual Coffee: IoST – the Internet of Space Things

Led by: CENSIS

Target Audience: Open to all

Date: Thursday 17th June 2021, 10:00 – 11:00

Activity Summary: This discussion looks at the space, satellites and opportunities for IoT. According to SDI, the Scottish space sector is rising faster than anywhere else in the UK, aiming to grow in value to £4 billion by 2030. With Glasgow’s strength in the micro satellite industry, and Shetland and Sutherland vying to be the UK’s first spaceport with the potential to run missions from Scottish soil – not just supply the hardware and software – it’s clear there are lots of opportunities for Scotland’s own space race.

Contact: sian.williams@censis.org.uk

Synthetic Biology Approaches to ‘Unnatural’ Natural Products

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

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.

Register your interest in this workshop.

Contact: Alison.Dun@glasgow.ac.uk 

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.

Contact: Hannah@mercurious.scot

Blue Carbon II – International Conference

Led by: St Andrews, Marine Scotland, Glenmorangie, SAGES

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.

Contact: bluecarbon@st-andrews.ac.uk

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

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

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



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


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.