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A tale of two innovation systems: Comparing Australia and Scotland’s SME innovation mechanisms

By David Noble, Visiting Fellow from Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Australia

 

Whilst researching the role ‘soft skills’ – I call them ‘collaborative competencies’ – play in the success (or otherwise!) of research collaborations between university and industry partners, I spent time at the Interface offices over the last couple of weeks talking to Interface clients, from both the commercial and academic worlds. But let me take a step back before I really begin.

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Photographer shooting landscape photo of the Forth Bridge

Together for Tourism

27 March 2018

One dreich day years ago I was confronted by Duane Hanson’s Tourism sculpture in Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art. Hanson was interested in the banality of consumer society. He cast models of figures in ordinary mundane situations, in this case a couple with sunglasses and cameras gazing upwards at some unidentified spectacle with glaikit expressions.

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£35,000 awarded to business-academic projects

16 March 2018

Five business-academic projects have been successful in winning £35,000 of funding from Interface in its latest multiparty competition to boost innovation. The competition was open to groups of business in the food & drink, creative industries and tourism sectors collaborating with universities and research institutes.

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Dynamic, diverse and driving the economy

16 March 2018

The theme of this year’s awards was diversity to reflect the broad range of businesses and organisations who have forged productive partnerships from tapping into a range of academic disciplines.

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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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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 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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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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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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