Scottish Tourism Month 2019: Ten Take-Aways

15 April 2019

Scottish Tourism Month 2019 focused on future-proofing the industry, offering diverse perspectives on global, regional and local levels. #STM2019 events focused our thoughts on how to tackle the industry’s key challenges, sharing best practice, learning from others and finding ways to challenge our thinking. To recap, here are my 10 #STM2019 take-aways. 

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Batman

The sky’s the limit

06 July 2017

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. 

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Douglas Martin

Why Algae?

29 June 2017

Earlier this month I joined seven other start-ups from around Scotland to take part in the kick-off meeting for the Climate-KIC Accelerator programme at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI). I felt like I was at my first day at school again – except we met not in a dusty classroom, but in ECCI’s airy low carbon hub.

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Highland cattle

What’s for tea…in 2030?

22 June 2017

Casting our minds ahead to tomorrow can sometimes feel challenging, so futuristic thinking was required last week when in partnership with the industry body Scotland Food and Drink we held a workshop to explore the key market and consumer trends relevant to Scottish farming, fishing, food and drink in 2030. 

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Telling the stories of women entrepreneurs

15 June 2017

It’s almost a year since the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) published its Gender Action Plan. For the first time, it sets out how SFC will work to tackle gender imbalance across the full spectrum of its activities in further and higher education.

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Vegetables

Let’s Make Innovation Happen

09 June 2017

“It’s 2030. Farming, fishing, food and drink is Scotland’s most valuable industry, recognised at home and abroad as a model of collaboration and a world leader in responsible, profitable growth.” This is Ambition 2030. Back in March, the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership and The First Minister launched the new, ambitious strategy for the Scottish farming, fishing, food and drink industry.

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Scotland hills

Creative purpose

01 June 2017

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.

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The success story continues

25 May 2017

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? 

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Specialist facilities

Keeping businesses moving with Specialist Facilities

18 May 2017

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.

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SICSA DemoFest

SICSA DemoFest – Translating Research into Reality

11 May 2017

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.

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James Watt

The Gaitherin: Where innovation and research meet

04 May 2017

What comes to mind when you hear the Gaitherin? Burly men in tartan throwing trees around? Clan colours flying in a highland breeze? Or maybe just a wee blether with some pals over a swift half? What about creative innovation in Glasgow, what comes to mind then? 

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