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.


Pop-Up Inclusion Matters

Led by: Evidence Base

Date: Various dates in November 2020

Activity Summary: Evidence Base is one of 11 projects funded by the EPSRC Inclusion Matters programme, all designed to improve different aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion in the Engineering and Physical Sciences. Pop-Up Inclusion Matters is a programme of presentations, seminars and workshops which will showcase the work of the Inclusion Matters programme as well as other related work at the University of Edinburgh. 

Seminars run from the 3rd – 26th November 2020. Please click ‘View Activity’ for full seminar list.

Contact: k.nicollbaines@ed.ac.uk 

Art Competition: Breaking Barriers in STEM

Led by: SULSA

In Collaboration with: ScotCHEM, SUPA, MASTS, SINAPSE, SRPe and IBioIC

Date: Tuesday 1st December 2020

Activity Summary: Art Competition! We want to know what an inclusive and diverse environment in STEM looks like to you and so we are welcoming original creations that depict this. These creations can come in any form, audio, images, video or physical creations (send us a video of these). We welcome entries from any discipline and from school children to professor! Please upload your entries by 1st December at 5pm. The first prize is £150 in Amazon vouchers!

Contact: Alison.Dun@glasgow.ac.uk

SICSA & ScotCHEM Speed Networking Activity Fortnight

Led by: SICSA and ScotChem

Date: Fortnight of week beginning 1st December 2020

Activity Summary: SICSA and ScotChem are coordinating a fortnight of short remote one-to-one calls between researchers to stimulate inter-disciplinary exchanges of research ideas and agendas.  Working across disciplines is notoriously difficult in ordinary circumstances, but the restrictions caused by the current pandemic have even further curtailed opportunities for chance encounters at conferences, or meetings that lead to fruitful collaborations. To address this, the aim of the Speed Networking Fortnight is to put researchers in touch with each other across disciplines to foster understanding of existing disciplinary research challenges and provide opportunities. 

To minimise the impact on time, each one-to-one meetup will last as long as just 15 minutes – no longer than it would take to queue to use the coffee machine. SICSA and ScotChem will coordinate the matching of participants from across disciplines and scheduling of meeting times, as well as a follow up to document any interesting outcomes. The initiative is open to any researcher (academic, postdoc, PhD student) from either pool.

To participate, just fill out the very short application form:  https://form.jotform.com/203174064600343 

Contact: Tim Storer (SICSA KE Director) and/or Alan Wiles (ScotCHEM Director of Operations)

CENSIS ‘Virtual Coffee’ Discussions

Led by: CENSIS – Scotland’s Innovation Centre for sensing, imaging and IoT

Date: Various dates between September and December 2020

Activity Summary: CENSIS virtual coffees are informal discussion and networking sessions held on Thursday mornings, 10-11 via Zoom. Each session explores a different topic from business, research and practical engineering perspectives. Everyone is encouraged to join in to ask a question, give an example of what you’re doing, or talk about what you want to achieve. Here’s what’s coming up:

Contact: sian.williams@censis.org.uk

The Scotsman Life Sciences Conference 2020 - Panel Session

Led by: The Scotsman

In Collaboration with: SULSA, Skills Development Scotland, IBioIC and UKRI

Date: Thursday 3rd December 2020

Activity Summary: SULSA are joining forces with SDS, IBioIC and UKRI to deliver a panel session at The Scotsman Life Science Conference 2020. Our session, Building Skills for the Future of the Life Science Sector, will delve into challenges and opportunities presented to the Life Science sector in relation to the skills and talent pipeline. This panel discussion will look at how we can better connect our sectors to support our researchers and aspiring scientists and advance our Life Science Sector in Scotland.

Target Audience: Academics, Business and Educators

Contact: Alison.Dun@glasgow.ac.uk

Photonics for...Online Series

Led by: KTN

In collaboration with: Fraunhofer UK and Hamamatsu Photonics 

Date: 1st September 2020 through to January 2021

Activity Summary: The “Photonics for…” webinar series, in partnership with Hamamatsu Photonics and the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics, will look at photonics technologies in a variety of sectors and applications. Speakers from industry and academia will highlight the latest developments and KTN will provide an overview of the landscape and funding opportunities for each area.

Contact: via website

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

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

Converge KickStart Challenge

Led by: Converge

Date: Early 2021

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

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

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