Category Archives: Business & Academic Collaborations

From clothes to digital, call the connectors!

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Gillian HambleyBy Gillian Hambley, Business Engagement Executive, Aberdeenshire

Scotland is an innovative and creative country and I am delighted through my role with Interface (based in Aberdeen), I can support local companies on their innovation journeys by connecting them into universities to help them solve their challenges and grow their business. Continue reading

The sky’s the limit

Prof Andrew RaeBy Professor Andrew Rae
Professor of Engineering at the University of the Highlands and Islands

When I was about eight years old, I came to understand that being Batman was not an achievable career choice. It was a sad day for me, but this ‘Road to Damascus’ moment (or perhaps, more properly, this ‘Road to Gotham’ moment) had a silver lining. I was (and still am) a complete aviation anorak so I settled on the thought that I’d like to design aeroplanes for a living. (When I was eight, Batman was not the dark knight of the modern blockbusters, but the somewhat more cringe-worthy “Biff!”, “Bam!” and “Kapow!” of the recently departed Adam West, so I think I made the right choice.)  Continue reading

Creative purpose

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Alice Ojeda By Alice Ojeda, leading innovation missions at Standard Life

This blog is one in a series by Alice Ojeda on innovation and creative thinking in business

My theme this month, purpose, deviates from innovation in one sense, but from another perspective is the bedrock of anything we endeavour to do in our lives and any challenge we meet. After all, if we’re to pass all the thousand obstacles to solving a problem that matters, we need a deep sense of why it matters in the first place to ourselves. Continue reading

The success story continues

Photo shows, from left, Alan Grierson and John MacPherson, Bright Red Publishing, Siobhán Jordan, Director of Interface, and Shirley-Anne Somerville, MSP Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science.

By Siobhán Jordan, Director, Interface

I have just returned from a week’s holiday – the only time I seem to get these days to curl up with a good book. Frequently upon finishing a good read, I often wonder what happened next?

We are very fortunate in our roles as honest broker between businesses and academics that we can indeed relive the sequel and hear what happened next…. Continue reading

Keeping businesses moving with Specialist Facilities

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By Heather Alexander, Marketing Manager, Interface

Time is flying by… it has already been a year since we launched the online Specialist Facilities showcase and video.

Promoting and connecting businesses to these specialist facilities that are housed within universities, research institutes and colleges is fully part of Interface’s matchmaking service and we have seen some great examples of this in use. Continue reading

SICSA DemoFest – Translating Research into Reality

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Steven Kendrick is the Executive Officer for the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)

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As a fairly un-techy person immersed in an overwhelmingly techy environment here at the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA), I’m constantly amazed (and occasionally mind-boggled) by some of the innovative research happening within our 14 member institutions.  Our researchers across Scotland are working on problems that can be applied to many aspects of our society.  I think a great many of us less techy folks tend to take for granted the digital systems we rely on from the moment we get up until the time we go to bed; and given the prevalence of technology in our daily lives and the exponential growth of the sector, Informatics and Computer Science research has never been more relevant to us.  Continue reading