Tag Archives: business and academia

Timely reminder for #ScotKEAwards

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By Siobhán Jordan, Director of Interface

It has been interesting to watch the evolution of simple format TV programme “Masterchef” into the series of themes in the past few years with the screening of “Celebrity Masterchef” and “Masterchef Professionals”. But the original and the best “Masterchef” remains my favourite as I never fail to be amazed at the calibre of the dishes that can be produced. The catchphrase of “You have five minutes” has also proven useful for me in many situations to make sure deadlines are hit as the clock ticks relentlessly. Continue reading

Mutual understanding for great collaboration

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By Dr Douglas McKenzie, Chief Executive, Xanthella Ltd.

I had the interesting experience of being one of the panel speakers in the Imax Theatre at last week’s Venturefest in Glasgow at the Science Centre. I had been invited to talk in a session on SME-university interactions as I used to be an academic who collaborated with industry and now am a business owner collaborating with universities. Continue reading

Celebrating Provenance

Dundee Cake


Dr. Jon Wilkin, Senior Food Technologist, Abertay University.

When I was asked to provide a blog entry on ‘Celebrating Provenance’ for the Interface Food & Drink team, I thought initially of my homeland – Cornwall.  Three things spring to mind – rocky coasts, clotted cream and pasties – you may even add a fourth – Poldark.  Leaving the rocky coasts behind (and Poldark) what we are left with are clotted cream and pasties, which are not just any old food products but real Cornish Clotted Cream and Cornish Pasties. Continue reading

Countdown to V-fest Scotland

By Dr Susie Mitchell, Programme Director, Glasgow City of Science, and Shelley Breckenridge, Business Engagement Manager, Interface

On the 9th of September 2015 Glasgow Science Centre will welcome 700 delegates and 39 exhibitors through its imposing titanium and glass façade for the sell-out, inaugural Venturefest Scotland 2015 event Scotland’s new annual innovation summit. Continue reading

Lost (and found) in translation

Lost in Translation

By Teresa Shutter, Technology Translator, Interface Food & Drink, and Suzy Powell, PR and Communications Executive, Interface

Suzy: This summer, I have been playing a board game where you are given initials and have to guess what they stand for. Sounds like fun, eh?

Actually it is, as the aim of the game is to come up with the most far-fetched answers possible. For example, N.N.G.A. in reality is the Northern Nut Growers Association, however it could be the Newport Nautical Group of Artists. Or National Navy and Green Artefacts. It’s ridiculously silly but guaranteed to elicit a laugh. Continue reading

Celebrating success 10 years on

By Prof Pete Downes, Chair, Interface Advisory Board

The innovation system in Scotland mirrors that of the UK as a whole. It is characterised by high levels of investment in basic research carried out by universities and research institutions leading to significant international recognition. However on the flip side there is relatively weak investment in R&D in businesses and in particular SMEs. Continue reading

Squeeze on chemical supplies  

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By Alistair Cameron, CEO, Scotmas Group

September 1, 2015, marks an important date for many small companies who manufacture chemical formulations across Europe, when Article 95 of the European Biocidal Products Regulations comes into force.

In this post Alistair Cameron, Managing Director at Scotmas Group, a company at the forefront of new innovations in the chemicals market, talks about effects of the regulations and the vital part research can play in this industry. Continue reading

Brewing success in Shetland

Kjol at Shetland Harbour

By Silke Reeploeg, Staff Researcher with the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands

Earlier this year the University of the Highlands and Islands received funding from the Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher Scheme to collaborate with the Lerwick Brewery in Shetland on a research and knowledge transfer project.  The aim of the project was to develop an ‘events range’ of beers to coincide with local events on Scotland’s northernmost island group.  Sounds good right?  The result was a fantastic, limited edition, beer inspired by the annual ‘Bergen-Shetland’ yacht race, which was launched during the race June. Continue reading

Whether a marathon or sprint – people make it happen!

By Siobhán Jordan, Director, Interface

A year ago this week, Scotland was revelling in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.  The competition, featuring athletes from 71 nations in 17 different sports, saw more than 140 Commonwealth and several world records broken.   Dubbed “the friendly games”, the event was seven years in the planning and delivered countless moments that will live in the memory for athletes and sports fans. Continue reading

Developing talent with universities

MacNeill_141007-90By Samantha McFarlane, Business Engagement Manager, Edinburgh Napier University

Bright Red Triangle (BRT) is Edinburgh Napier University’s one stop shop for all extra curricular activities relating to enterprise and innovation. We help our students secure part time, flexible consultancy work or help them to set up a business, and have a dedicated team to support them with this. Continue reading