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Innovate or stagnate

Innovate or stagnate: it’s a blunt message, however one that Scotland’s business community shouldn’t need to hear quite as often as it did 13 years ago.

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Interface announces new Chair of Strategic Board

09 March 2018

Professor Andrea Nolan has been appointed Chair of Interface Strategic Board, taking over from Professor Sir Pete Downes.

University Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University and Convener of Universities Scotland, Professor Nolan is a strong champion of business-academic collaborations.

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The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards winners 2018 group photo

Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018 winners announced

20 February 2018

A unique technology for the construction industry offering immersive “walk throughs” of unbuilt houses; a novel method of recycling print toner powder for use across a range of applications including art, construction and animal medicines; and a technique for new drug discovery are among the winners of The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018.

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Pictured: Rory Christie of Dourie Farm, Graham Armstrong of Kirvennie Farm and Charlie Russell of Glenapp Estate.

Launch of the Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS)

09 February 2018

Three dairy farmers in the South West have formed the first working group in Scotland’s new Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS), launching on Friday, February 9 2018.

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Seaweed

Seaweed and Honeyberries on the menu for 2018

18 January 2018

It’s that time once again, when one looks back at what has happened in the past year, the things that have changed and excited us, and for looking forward at what is to come.

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What a good idea – sharing knowledge can break down the challenges facing us all

11 January 2018

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up” – so said the US writer, Oliver Wendell Holmes.

This is very true of the environment in which Interface operates, matching business to universities, research institutes and colleges to create innovative products, services and processes.

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The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards stage

Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards - finalists announced

08 January 2018

The finalists for the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018 have been revealed, reflecting an impressive diversity of business-academic collaborations involving 13 universities in Scotland. The awards, run by Interface, recognise, reward and celebrate impacts achieved through collaborative business and academic partnerships.

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The Calanais Standing Stones

Highlands and Islands history and culture brought to life through digital

20 December 2017

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland has a fascinating story to tell its visitors, and four projects rich in heritage are being brought bang up to date with help from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

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Helping business ideas out of their shell

06 December 2017

Lorraine Thomson, who heads up Interface’s Highlands and Islands team, met Mairi at an event in Oban. Lorraine scoped up a brief of the project requirements which was sent out to universities and research institutes throughout Scotland for consideration. Mairi chose to collaborate with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), which has expertise in food production and whose chefs helped the business work on the technical challenges presented.

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Seaweed! Slimy, slippery and super!

29 November 2017

This month the Scottish Seaweed Industry Association (SSIA), an independent Members Association, held their Annual General Meeting.  SSIA encompasses a group of people and organisations who make their living from adding value to seaweed and seaweed-based products and who wish to strengthen the industry by influencing the market, government, regulatory bodies and other industries.

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People holding glasses of wine making a toast

Raising a glass this St Andrew’s Day

24 November 2017

Today, many Scots around the world will be celebrating all things Scottish, and it is certainly worth lifting a glass to our nation’s drive to be economically successful.

Greater collaboration between business and universities is viewed as a key factor in improving the country’s economic performance, however a change in gear is being called on from business leaders and both UK and Scottish Governments.

When Jo Johnson, the UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, announced a new barometer for measuring knowledge exchange in October he acknowledged that there were good examples of universities engaging with businesses and communities to make the most of their knowledge and research, but added that “the system needs to find a new gear” in commercialisation of research and development.

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