INNOVATETHENATION will feature a series of talks that celebrate Scotland’s vast legacy in innovation and its reputation as a knowledge economy. The talks will demonstrate the importance of business events to innovation and research, and highlight where ambassadors can help bring these events to Scotland. The programme and its content also reflect the ethos of Scotland’s wider Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design for 2016.
Kicking off on 29 September, INNOVATEMARINEwill be the first event in the programme, held at St. Andrew’s University, Fife. This will feature speakers including; Dr Raeanne Miller from the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban and Professor Vincent Janik, Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St. Andrews.
Dr Miller is a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow for Wave and Tidal Energy at the Scottish Association for Marine Science and is the only Scot to have been selected for the Australian-led Homeward Bound Antarctic expedition in November. This project aims to enhance the influence and impact of woman in science to ensure the sustainability of the planet and support the take up and stay in of leadership roles.
Professor Janik will highlight the work of the Scottish Oceans Institute, in particular the exciting new £10m marine laboratory planned for St. Andrews University, which will cement Scotland’s reputation as a world leader in research and species protection.
Following the September event, the series will continue with INNOVATETECH on 6 October in Inverness where technology pioneers, Edinburgh’s pureLIFI, will be one of the organisations showcasing the latest in Scottish tech innovation.
Rory Archibald, business development manager for VisitScotland Business Events which is spearheading the project, said: “Business events coming to Scotland are critical, not just for the significant contribution they make to the local and national economy, but also in promoting Scotland’s profile on the world stage.
“International events encourage collaboration between Scotland and worldwide partners, they help build the country’s infrastructure and provide huge potential for inward investment to our industries, our universities and our research institutes. We need our local experts and industry champions to work in collaboration with us to help us bring the world’s very best events to Scotland that will contribute to our future success and continued world renowned innovation legacy.”
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