Knowledge Exchange Scotland Conference

Knowledge Exchange Scotland Conference

Knowledge Transfer Scotland: Policy and Practice Conference

Welcome to KT Scotland 2009!

Researchers and Knowledge Transfer
Stimulating economic development, enhancing quality of life, contributing to cultural enrichment - all are potential benefits of "Knowledge Transfer" (or Knowledge Exchange), the two-way flow of ideas, expertise and people between the research base and wider users in Society. For researchers - especially early stage researchers - KT should provide an opportunity for them to both develop new skills and collaborations, and to capitalise on their research knowledge and findings in different sectors beyond academia. But how can researchers get involved with KT and how should we best be developing KT policy and practice in Scotland?

KT Scotland
Policy & Practice 2009 is the second annual conference on KT designed specifically for Scotland's research community to address these and other research-KT related questions. It offers a forum to early stage researchers, research managers, KT practitioners, policy makers and research funders to come together to discuss the scope and potential of KT in Scotland, and be inspired about the skills researchers can develop and the impact they can have through the practice of KT. It will take place at the University of St Andrews on Friday 3 April 2009.

In addition to a wide range of expert speakers from key organisations involved with developing KT in Scotland - including the Scottish Funding Council, the Scottish Government, the Technology Strategy Board and the UK Research Councils - this year's conference features an expanded programme to include presentations by all of the Scottish 'Research Pools' on their KT activities, as well as more organisations offering funding and practical opportunities for researchers to engage in KT.

KT Scotland Conference Programme 2009

Time Event
 09.00 Registration and Coffee
Plenary Session

Welcome: Prof Alan Miller, University of St Andrews
Welcome to KT Scotland: Policy and Practice 2009

Aims and objectives: Quentin Cooper, BBC

 10.10 Scotland and KT: progress through collaboration
Prof David Gani (PDF, 354 KB) Scottish Funding Council - Pools
Prof Anne Glover (PDF, 366 KB) Chief Scientific Adviser, Scottish Government - The Science Framework
Prof Philip Esler (PDF, 1,536 KB) Chief Executive, Arts & Humanities Research Council

Health 1: KT improving Scotland's healthcare - Health Services & Public Health
Chair: Prof Cherry Wainwright, Institute of Health & Welfare Research, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Prof Tracey Howe (PDF, 320 KB) Director, HealthQWest
Prof Catherine Niven (PDF, 452 KB) Director, Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit
Dr Craig Ramsay: Director of Health Care Assessment Programme, HERU

Wealth 1: Creating Wealth through commercialisation - Tech Transfer from the Physical Sciences Research Pools
Chair: Prof Ian Halliday, Chief Executive, SUPA and ESF
Prof Colin Adams (PDF, 775 KB) Director of Commercialisation, SICSA
Ms Gillian McFadzean (PDF, 72 KB) Director, Technology & Research Services, Heriot-Watt University
Mr Sandy Dobbie (PDF, 114 KB) Chairman of Chemical Sciences Scotland

Environment 1: Scottish Research Institutes - hubs of innovation and enterprise in plant and animal sciences
Chair: Prof George Marshall, Assistant Principal, Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh
Prof Julie Fitzpatrick (PDF, 1,421 KB) Director, Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh
Mr Chris Warkup: Chief Executive, Genesis-Faraday Partnerships, Edinburgh
Dr Nigel Kerby (PDF, 320 KB) Managing Director, Mylnefield Research Services Ltd, Scottish Crop Research Institute

Culture 1: Creativity and Innovation in the Arts & Humanities - the creative industries
Chair: Prof John Caughie, Dept of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, University of Glasgow
Ms Jackie MacKenzie (PDF, 393 KB) Head, Innovation Programme, NESTA
Mr Juan Mateos-Garcia (PDF, 154 KB) Creative Industries Research Fellow, NESTA, London
Mr Atholl Reid (PDF, 463 KB) Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Scotland

12.15 Lunch & Poster Session
Plenary Address: Building an Innovation Nation - UK strategies and support for KT
Mr Iain Gray: Chief Executive, Technology Strategy Board
Prof Colin Whitehouse: Deputy Chief Executive, Science and Technology Facilities Council

Health 2: KT in Life Sciences & Medicine - funding and opportunities
Chair: Prof Nigel Brown, Vice Principal, University of Edinburgh
Mr Gerry Black (PDF, 218 KB) Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Dr Simon Cutler (PDF, 787 KB) Manager, Innovation Programme, BBSRC
Dr Clive Reeves (PDF, 475 KB) Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow

Wealth 2: Bridging the gap between academia and the innovation business
Chair: Prof Allister Ferguson, Deputy Principal, University of Strathclyde
Prof Peter Dobson (PDF, 243 KB) Director, Oxford University Begbroke Science Park
Dr Graeme Malcolm: Chief Executive Officer, M Squared Lasers Ltd
Prof David Lane: CEO, Seebyte Ltd

Environment 2: Marine and Geosciences Research Pools - interdisciplinary and the science-policy interface
Chair: Prof Neville Richardson, Vice Principal Research, University of St Andrews
Prof Ian Boyd (PDF, 611 KB) Acting Director, MASTS
Dr Andy Kerr (PDF, 113 KB) Deputy Director, SAGES
Dr Stephen Loader (PDF, 339 KB) NERC KT

Culture 2: Communicating Science & Society - ESRC and the Genomics Policy & Research Forum
Chair: Mr Douglas Greig, Deputy Director for Strategy and Analytical Service Coordination, Strategic and Ministerial Support Directorate, The Scottish Government
Dr Astrid Wissenburg (PDF, 198 KB) Director of CIC Directorate, ESRC
Dr Steve Sturdy (PDF, 488 KB) Deputy Director, ESRC Genomics Forum


Tea & Coffee



Health 3: Translational Research in Scotland - increasing impact through pooling & collaboration
Chair: Prof Peter Downes, Interim Principal, University of Dundee
Dr Alison Murray (PDF, 390 KB) Deputy Director, SINAPSE
Dr Jennifer Bell: Executive Officer, SULSA
Dr John Nicholls (PDF, 267 KB) Chief Executive Officer, TMRI Ltd
Wealth 3: Routes to Exploiting Innovation - getting ideas from lab to market
Chair: Mr Mervyn Jones, Former Chair, SFC Knowledge Transfer & Commercialisation Committee
Ms Eleanor Taylor (PDF, 877 KB) Head, Proof of Concept Programme, Scottish Enterprise
Dr Siobhan Jordan (PDF, 218 KB) Director, Interface - The Knowledge Connection for Business
Dr Robin Westacott (PDF, 876 KB) Heriot-Watt / Caledonian Partnerships
Environment 3: Knowledge Exchange for Environmental Sustainability
Chair: Prof Martin Price, UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development, Perth College
Prof Alan Werritty (PDF, 352 KB) UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science, University of Dundee
Dr Ruth Wolstenholme (PDF, 202 KB) Managing Director, SNIFFER
Culture 3: Scottish Cultural Identity - language, media and policy
Chair: Prof Alison McCleery, Director of Research, Edinburgh Napier University
Dr Robert Dunbar (PDF, 21 KB) Reader in Law and Celtic, University of Aberdeen
Prof Philip Schlesinger: Director, Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Glasgow
Dr Mike Cormack: Sabhal Mor Ostaig , UHI Millennium Institute

Ask the Panel - Q & A facillitated by Quentin Cooper

  • Mr Mark Batho, Chief Executive, Scottish Funding Council
  • Prof Philip Esler, Chief Executive, AHRC
  • Mr Adrian Gillespie, Director of Digital Market & Enabling Technologies, Scottish Enterprise
  • Prof David Gani, Director of Research Policy & Strategy, Scottish Funding Council
  • Mr Iain Gray, Chief Executive, Technology Strategy Board
  • Prof Ian Halliday, President, European Science Foundation; Chief Executive, SUPA
  • Prof Alan Miller, Research Awards Convener, Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Mr John Neilson, Director, Research Base, Dept for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS)
  • Prof Colin Whitehouse, Deputy Chief Executive, Science and Technology Facilities Council
17.15 Conference Close: Prof Alan Miller, University of St Andrews
17.17 Wine Reception (until 19.00)