Knowledge Exchange Scotland Conference

Knowledge Exchange Scotland Conference

Knowledge Transfer Scotland: Policy and Practice Conference

KT Scotland Conference Programme 2008

Researchers and Knowledge Transfer

Knowledge Transfer gives Researchers the opportunity to see their work have an impact on Society by stimulating economic development, informing public policy or facilitating cultural engagement.  But how can researchers - especially early stage researchers - get involved with KT, and how should we best be developing KT policy and practice in Scotland?

KT Scotland: Policy and Practice 2008 aimed to address these and other research-KT questions by bringing together early stage researchers, academic staff, university managers, research and enterprise experts, outreach specialists, funding bodies and policy makers for a one-day conference at the University of St Andrews on Friday 4 April 2008.

Programme - the programme included expert speakers from across the Arts-Science, innovation-outreach spectrum of KT and all of the key organisations involved with developing KT policies and strategies in Scotland (e.g. The Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and RCUK).

Organisation - the conference was organised by the University of St Andrews' GRADskills Programme on behalf of the "Universities Scotland Research and Commercialisation Research Training Sub-Committee" (See: US RCC RT Sub Committee (TXT, 686 KB)).

Time Event
 09.00 Registration and Coffee
Plenary Session

Welcomes, Aims and Objectives

  • Prof Alan Miller, FRSE Vice Principal Research, University of St Andrews
  • Prof Alison McCleery, Chair , Universities Scotland Research and Commercialisation Committee, Research Training Sub-Committee
  • Quentin Cooper BBC (conference facilitator)
  • Roger McClure,  Chief Executive, Scottish Funding Council
  • Prof David Gani, Director of Research Policy and Strategy ~ Scottish Funding Council (SFC) : Supporting KT in Scotland (PDF, 243 KB)
  • Prof Ian Sanderson, The Scottish Government; Director, Corporate Analytical Services Directorate ~ Scottish Government aims and ambitions for KT

Group A1: Commercialising your research

Chair: Dr Kevin Cullen, Director, Research and Enterprise, University of Glasgow

Group A2: Research Informing Government Policy Development

  • Dr David Guy: Head of Knowledge Transfer, ESRC ESRC and the Public Sector (PDF, 435 KB)
  • Dr Gill Clark: Knowledge Transfer Team, The Scottish Government 

Chair: Prof Ian Sanderson, The Scottish Government, Director Corporate Analytical Services Directorate

Group A3: Engaging the Public with research and researchers

Chair: Prof Peter Holmes, Pro-Vice Principal, University of Glasgow

12.15 Lunch & Exhibition Stands
Plenary Address: Mr John Neilson, Director, Research Base, Dept for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) Knowledge Transfer Scotland (PDF, 108 KB)

Group B1: Innovation in Industry and Business

Chair: Prof David Boxer, Vice Principal, University of Dundee

Group B2: Policy Development in Sustainability and Conservation

  • Prof Jan Bebbington: Director, St Andrews Sustainability Institute; Vice-Chair (Scotland) Sustainable Development Commission Policy development for sustainability (PDF, 408 KB)
  • Prof Maggie Gill: Chief Scientific Adviser, Rural Affairs & Environment, The Scottish Government Research-based policy (PDF, 676 KB)
  • Dr Faith Culshaw: Public Sector Liaison and Science into Policy Team Leader, NERC (PDF, 281 KB)

Chair: Ms Ann Millar, Assistant Director, Research Policy and Strategy, Scottish Funding Council

Group B3: Stimulating Cultural Development in the Arts in Scotland

  • Ms Celia Duffy: Director Academic Development, RSAMD (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama)
  • Prof Robert Crawford: Professor of Scottish Literature, University of St Andrews
  • Dr Mark O'Neill: Head of Arts and Museums at Culture and Sport Glasgow KT and Glasgow Museums (PDF, 801 KB)

Chair: Prof John Caughie, Dept of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, University of Glasgow; Chair of SFC Cultural Engagement Action Group


Tea & Coffee



Group C1: University Research Commercialisation - what can Scotland learn from the US?

Chair: Prof Allister Ferguson, Deputy Principal, University of Strathclyde

Group C2: Policy Development in Health, Policing and Demography

Chair: Diana Wilkinson, The Scottish Government Chief Researcher

Group C3: Reaching a Wider Audience through the Media

  • Mr Rob Edwards: Sunday Herald, Environment Journalist Reaching a wider audience through the media (PDF, 142 KB)
  • Mr Stuart Brown: PR & Communications Manager, The Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Prof John Haldane: Director, Centre for Ethics, Philosophy & Public Affairs, University of St Andrews

Chair: Mr Mervyn Jones, Chair of SFC Knowledge Transfer & Innovation Group

16.30 Reports from Discussion Groups and concluding statements (facilitated by Quentin Cooper)
17.45 Wine reception (and musical accompaniment from the The Rusalka Quartet) (until 19.00)

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