Upcoming activities

Our upcoming interdisciplinary RIS activities aim to target the immediate challenges posed both by the need for economic and social recovery from COVID-19 and the longer-term development of sustainable and resilient societies.  These events will bring together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners from across multiple disciplines to discuss and elaborate challenges, and to map out road maps for addressing them.

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


Webinar Series: Stimulating Economic Growth through Collaborations: An Introduction to the Scottish Innovation Ecosystem

Members Involved: ETP and ScotCHEM

Date: Starts 8th September 2020 followed by selected Tuesdays

Summary: The Scottish Innovation Ecosystem (SIE) can be a very difficult thing to navigate to find out about existing Growth Deal funded Innovation Centres, where they sit within the SIE and what potential collaborations with academia could help deliver their innovation/research targets.

Contact: ETP (Sneh Jain; slj2@st-andrews.ac.uk) or ScotCHEM (Alan Wiles; aaw9@st-andrews.ac.uk)


SICSA Conference 2020

Led by: SICSA

Other Members Involved: SULSA, SINAPSE, Scottish Dementia Research Consortium (SDRC), ScotChem, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Centre for Transport Research

Date: 1st October 2020

Summary: Responding to the biggest challenges of our time, this year SICSA is holding it’s annual conference with focus on Future Sustainable Societies with contributions from within SICSA and the wider research pooling community. The conference will be held in partnership with  ScotlandIS alongside their flagship ScotSoft event, creating multiple opportunities for cross-over and networking.  With a varied programme consisting of keynotes, workshops, PhD Lightning talks and networking with academics and industry, the conference will bring together established and future leaders from different disciplines showcasing the strength of research in Scotland.

Contact: Aileen.Orr@glasgow.ac.uk
Event Website: www.sicsaconference.org  


Data Sciences and Brain Health across the Life Course

Members Involved: SINAPSE, SULSA, SICSA and SDRC

Date: 1st October 2020

Summary: As part of the SICSA Annual Conference the above members will be holding a session around multidisciplinary challenges in the early detection of neurodegenerative disease, and new opportunities to build capacity in Scotland by integrating data science with brain health research areas of neurobiology and neuroimaging. We will identify hot topics within the pathway from lab bench to patient and plan to fund a series of sandpits in these areas as an outcome. 

Contact: Kristin.Flegal@glasgow.ac.uk 


Beyond Computational Chemistry

Members Involved: SICSA and ScotCHEM

Date: 1st October 2020

Summary: As part of the SICSA Annual Conference we will be holding a session around the emerging interaction of Chemistry and Computer Science: Beyond Computational Chemistry. Looking at the automation of chemical laboratories, the design of domain-specific languages, the analysis and visualisation of large data and other emerging overlaps of the two disciplines.

Contact: SICSA (Tim Storer; Timothy.Storer@glasgow.ac.uk) or ScotCHEM (Alan Wiles; aaw9@st-andrews.ac.uk)


Plastics in the Ocean Workshop

Members Involved: MASTS and ScotCHEM

Date: 9th October 2020

Summary: This joint workshop between MAST and ScotCHEM will bring together the marine science community with the materials chemistry community in Scotland to discuss the problem of plastics in our oceans. The aim is to identify areas where marine scientists and the chemistry community can work together on this issue with the aim of creating proposals for funded programmes.

Contact: masts@st-andrews.ac.uk


Introduction to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing in the UK Webinar

Members Involved: SULSAScotCHEM, IBioIC and BEIS

Date: 14th October 2020

Summary: Those planning to utilise genetic resources from overseas may need to acquire permission, as well as negotiate terms of use and benefit sharing agreements with the providing country, prior to access. The legislation is relevant to those conducting research and development on the genetic or biochemical composition of genetic resources that may have potential for future product development. This webinar will cover an introduction to the Nagoya Protocol and the legislation in force in the UK, as well as case studies focussing on academic research conducted in the UK involving genetic resources. We also invite attendees to submit specific questions or topics that they would like to see covered in advance of the webinar, through the registration page. If you have any questions in advance of the webinar, please send us an email using the following address: abs@beis.gov.uk

This webinar is part of the Natural Products in the Bioeconomy project.

Contact: Alison.Dun@glasgow.ac.uk


Blue Carbon II

Led by: SAGES
Other Members Involved:

Date: 11-12th November 2021

Summary: The UK will host COP26 in Scotland in November 2021. In partnership with the Scottish Blue Carbon Forum, we are organizing a two-day meeting (Blue Carbon II) at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 12/13 November 2021; an important climate-facing event to run during COP26. The event will, through Marine Scotland, attract direct Ministerial support and we anticipate healthy interest from Scottish media and beyond. The audience will be international, building on a smaller event funded by the Geological Society of London for their Year of Carbon in June 2019.

Contact: Bill Austin – wena@st-andrews.ac.uk


Graduate Employability Workshops

Members Involved: SULSA, ScotCHEM, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and Glasgow Economic Leadership (GEL

Date: Semester 2, 2021

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


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

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