Receiving the Interface Excellence Awards in 2012 for “ Innovation of the Year’ and “Sustained Partnership”, in recognition of our work with Advanced Microwave Technologies (AMT), was significant for Queen Margaret University. In addition these two awards helped to raise the profile of the vitality of Scotland’s indigenous SME base in food and drink in terms of engaging in cutting edge University research.
QMU’s profile in leading innovation in the healthy and functional food market has continued to grow and in November 2014 we will launch a new Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation (SCFDI) at our Musselburgh Campus. SCFDI has been established in response to industry demand from Scotland’s SMEs for specific innovation space to support the food and drink sector in accessing export markets in the rapidly expanding global functional and healthy food sector. Interface has supported the stimulation of this demand.
The Centre will provide a state of the art, competitive infrastructure to enable the translation of “market ready” research to industry, to deliver advances throughout the food and drink chain with an emphasis on nutritional concepts. Developed in consultation with industry and with AMT as a key collaborator, the Centre offers a fully functional “white room”, extensive test and development kitchens, a sensory suite, and a range of laboratories.
As QMU continues its commitment to knowledge exchange that acts as a catalyst to economic prosperity, we look forward to growing our partnerships with Interface and SMEs to place Scotland at the centre of food and drink innovation in Europe while boosting enterprise in regional and national contexts.
Note: The Interface Excellence Awards recognise the success and achievement resulting from collaborative partnerships between business and academia. Entries for Interface Innovation of the Year, Interface Sustained Partnership, Interface Multi-Party Collaboration and Interface Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Exchange are now open, with applications available via www.interface-online.co.uk. The deadline for entries is 10th October, and the Awards ceremony will be held in Edinburgh on 20th November.