Interface Excellence Award Winners Announced
Winners of the Interface Excellence Awards were announced last night at a celebratory reception in Edinburgh.
PAWsitively Natural won the Interface Innovation of the Year Award for its research into the nutritional content and shelf life of its natural dog biscuits with Glasgow Caledonian University. Macphie ofGlenbervie Ltd won the Interface Sustained Partnership Award for its long-standing and continued knowledge exchange partnership with Heriot-Watt University.
Ashley Baker, Head of Research and Development at Macphie of Glenbervie, and Gillian McFadzean, Director of Research and Enterprise Services at Heriot-Watt University received the Interface Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Exchange Award. The judging panel came to the decision to appoint joint winners for this category, recognising both industry and academic contributions.
Interface – The knowledge connection for business hosted its second annual awards programme to acknowledge the significant contribution that knowledge exchange is making to Scotland’s economy. The winning entries demonstrate the financial and reputational benefits which result from collaborative knowledge exchange projects.
Academic partnerships facilitated by Interface currently contribute a substantial £17.1 million boost to Scotland’s GVA each year, and that figure is set to increase to £80m within 3-5 years, according to the growth projections of businesses which have worked with Interface. The awards aim torecognise and celebrate the economic, social and innovative impacts arising from these partnerships.
At the awards reception in Edinburgh, Interface held an interactive Q&A session between leading figures from industry and academia, focussingon how Scotland can profit from innovation. Chaired by the editor of Business Insider magazine and member of the judging panel, AlasdairNorthrop, the discussion gave guests a unique opportunity to challenge, explore and understand the true benefits of knowledge exchange.
Dr Siobhán Jordan, Director of Interface said:
“The awarded entries recognise outstanding examples of knowledge exchange across Scotland, which we hope will illustrate to other businesses the wealth of benefits that partnering with Scotland’s world-leading academic and research institutions can bring”.
Alasdair Northrop said:
“The entries received for all categories of the Interface Excellence Awards this year were of an extremely high standard. It’s encouraging to see the benefits that academic partnerships and knowledge exchange can have for businesses across Scotland, and I am delighted to contribute to the recognition of our award winners’ success.”
Interface assesses the needs of a company and matches it with potential collaborators to problem-solve or develop new products, processes or services. The team, based across Scotland, identifies relevant academic partners, matching their knowledge and expertise to support the company in moving the business idea forward.
Since its launch in 2005, Interface has facilitated hundreds of business and academic partnerships, allowing businesses to access the world-class technology, skills and research available within Scotland’s universities and research institutes.