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Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards - finalists announced

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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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 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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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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Climate change

Scottish Tourism - Fit for our future

17 October 2017

Weathering the storm, come rain or shine tourists are used to donning raincoats to brave the Scottish weather, however tourism businesses are being urged to think about the impact of an increasing number of severe weather events caused by changes in the country’s climate. 

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Annual Review 2016-2017

11 October 2017

2016-17 has been the busiest year yet for Interface, with a wide-ranging programme of activities undertaken to stimulate demand for business-academic collaborations and enable business-led R&D projects leading to direct impacts on Scotland’s wealth, health, environment and social developments.

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Scottish bagpipes

Innovation can become an intrinsic part of our culture

11 October 2017

Scotland wants to be a leading innovative nation: we have the people and the resources to make this happen, however there are some obstacles to overcome.

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The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018 launched

05 October 2017

The third Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards run by Interface recognise, reward and celebrate impacts achieved through collaborative business and academic partnerships with Scotland’s colleges invited to enter for the first time.    

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