Creative solutions for urban challenges

Aarhus University

By Caroline Parkinson, Sector Engagement Executive – Creative Industries

Scotland is a member of the network, Districts of Creativity and through the leadership of the Scottish Government CAN DO department a delegation of creative leaders in Scotland attend their annual forum hosted in one of the 13 member nations. With a delegation of 20 representing Scotland I had the privilege of going to Aarhus in Denmark to hear from some of the world’s leading thinkers in creativity and design, hosted at the University of Aarhus (pictured) and Musikhuset (concert hall) next door. Continue reading

Appetite growing for food tourism

Stach food cafe in Amsterdam

By Claire Bereziat, Lecturer in Tourism, Glasgow Caledonian University

Claire Bereziat

Food and drink are at the very core of the tourism product and destination. Food is tangible in its texture, colours and composition, however, it is its intangibility that completes its appeal to the food tourist. Food is flavours, smells and scents. Food is culture. Food is connection to places, landscapes and people. Food is social and sociable. In short, food is far more than functional: it’s pleasure, and should be delight. Finally, food is memories, souvenirs and gifts. Continue reading

How to create a winning awards entry

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By Heather Rattray, Marketing Manager, Interface

With just over 4 weeks to go until the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018 applications deadline, here are some top tips for applying:

  • First and foremost – make it a team effort – these awards celebrate collaboration and partnership so make sure that each of the parties involved in the collaborative project are involved in the award application
  • Prove it – Always back up your claims with evidence, especially proof of innovation and the impacts achieved to all the parties in the collaboration
  • Think about the audience – Consider who will be reading your entry – the judges are not experts in your area of expertise so keep it simple, concise, clear and easy to understand
  • Attention to detail – Adhere to the word limits and spell check
  • Take your time & plan – Don’t leave it until the last minute and get it in on time – the deadline is 5pm on Monday 27th November
  • Lastly, blow your own trumpet and shout loud and clear about your achievementsapplication forms are not the time for modesty, they’re a time to prove you’re the best!

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Softer skills do compute with industry engagement

Students brainstorming ideasBy Dr Bruce Sharlau, Senior Lecturer in Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen.

Dr Bruce Sharlau

I’ve always been interested in the practical side of computing; the ‘how do I use this’ aspect of programming. I want to know how I can use the technology to make an impact on whatever project I’m developing. I carry this through in my teaching so that I find ways to bring the student learning experience closer to what students need to know to work in a software development role after graduation. This means finding ways to bring similar skills and opportunities to students. This has resulted in a range of opportunities that we offer to students.
These vary from using the same tools and technologies as professional developers, to group and individual projects with live clients under the Interface administered Innovation Voucher Scheme. Continue reading

Why maths helps solve tomorrow’s big challenges

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By Angela Mathis, Chief Executive, ThinkTank Maths Limited.

Angela Mathis

The challenges humanity faces, of which many are due to the ever-increasing population on the planet and our relentless demands on natural resources – energy, water, food, or our desire in greater numbers to travel faster and further, means we must find solutions urgently that address the vast levels of complexity they pose. Continue reading

Cereal innovators grow Hebridean barley

Isle of Raasay Distillery

Isle of Raasay Distillery

By Rhiannon Merritt, Business Engagement Executive, Interface

No two days are the same in my job; last month I found myself standing in a field of barley on the picturesque island of Raasay – in the torrential rain – wearing a dress and blazer! Continue reading

How refining data cracks hydrocarbon problems

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John McCall, Professor of Computing Science and Director of the Smart Data Technologies Centre, Robert Gordon University

Writing as someone who has spent his academic career studying problem-solving techniques, it is always interesting and rewarding to have real-world problems to solve. A recent project with Intertek is a nice example. Intertek provide a range of chemometric and analytic testing services to the hydrocarbon processing industry. This means they frequently look at large datasets from complex processes, like refineries, and so need appropriate tools to analyse them. Continue reading