Upcoming Innovation Events

We work to maximise opportunities for companies to interact with researchers and health and care professionals – a conversation can often spark new innovative ideas.

Keep up to date and find out more about the latest innovation events from across Scotland.

Transforming diabetes care in Scotland - policy, research and innovation

by NHS Research Scotland Diabetes Network

Date and Time:

Wed, 23 November 2022 09:00 – 16:00 GMT


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 11 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ

At this event we will host you for a round up of the latest diabetes research and innovation outputs, highlighting the impact of policy and reflecting on the Diabetes Improvement Plan.

In the morning session the keynote will delivered by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, NHS Scotland.

In addition, we will host a variety of speakers providing short talks on topics of significant interest such as SCI Diabetes, ANIA programme, Scottish Diabetes Group update and both research and innovation project highlights. Patient representatives will be offering their perspectives on living with diabetes.

A networking lunch will available.

Stands from key third sector, academic, ScotGov and NHS partners will be present for interactive discussion during breaks.

In the afternoon session we will split up the audience for 6 specialist topic workshops including in 2 groups of 3 parallel sessions (attendees may select their choice on the day) –

Mental Health and Diabetes

Diabetes Technology Transforming Care

Supporting Diabetes Self Management

Data to drive cluster level care

Pregnancy, CGMs and Gestational diabetes

In-patient care

We hope you will be available to join us for this event.

Register here

AIMday Bio-Solutions

Date and Time: Tuesday 6th December 2022

Location: Hybrid event, venue in Edinburgh

AIMday® (Academic Industry Meeting day) is based on workshops where challenges submitted by participating companies around a central theme are discussed with academics from relevant university disciplines.

To participate in AIMday, you need to submit at least one challenge phrased as a question, which you wish to discuss in a small workshop setting.

Register your attendance at AIMday Bio-Solutions by submitting your question(s) on the registration page for organisations by Friday 7 October 2022.

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Holyrood's Digital Health and Care Conference 2023

Date and Time: 9:00 am 21st February, 2023 – 3:00pm 22nd February, 2023

Location: Edinburgh

Holyrood Connect’s 12th annual Digital Health and Care conference will bring together health and social care professionals from across the country. The event will look at how digital solutions are being used to support the recovery and remobilisation of the NHS and social care system following the pandemic.

As always, the event promises to explore the most exciting developments taking place across the digital health and social care landscape, from the creation of a ‘digital front door’ to Scotland’s first Data Strategy for health and social care.

Digital Health and Care Scotland is a unique opportunity for organisations to sustainably develop their presence and profile with key decision makers across the health and social care space. It offers an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the challenges and concerns the sector faces and to help inform and engage with the clinical, policy and technology leaders who are driving digital health and care strategies across Scotland.

The event is free-to-attend for those working in the public or third sectors. Register now to secure your place.

Register here

Unlocking the Power of RPA & IA in the NHS

NHS Stirling Workshop-

Date and Time: 09:30 on 25th October, 2022

Location: Stirling Court, University of Stirling, Airthrey Rd, Stirling FK9 4LA

Local Gov Glasgow Workshop-

Date and Time: 09:30 on 26th October, 2022

Location: Strathclyde University, 16 Richmond St, Glasgow G1 1XQ

Designed specifically for the public sector, join our comprehensive automation-first in-person workshops across the UK – a programme focused on the versatile nature of RPA & IA to drive organisation-wide efficiencies and enable significant reductions in admin overheads.

NDL’s interactive sessions delve into the advancing landscape of automation and how to supercharge your processes to further improve health service delivery.

Experts tackle the evolution of end-to-end digital transformation, aligning RPA with tech such as; mobile apps, eForms and cognitive services in a specific clinical area and the benefits of a hospital-wide approach.

Register here

Digital Health & Care Fest 2022

Date and Time: 30th November, 2022 08:15-16:30

Location: Strathclyde University’s Innovation and Technology Centre in Glasgow & Online

The DigiFest programme is aimed at all those who are working to deliver digitally enabled services in health, housing and care. Digital health and care solutions have undergone 18 months of rapid scale-up and development. The programme for the events in October and November will showcase digitally enabled solutions in the context of citizens, services, home and environment.

The themes and related topics for DigiFest22 reflect current priorities ​and will consider the role, impact and challenges for digital health, housing and care in relation to these cross-cutting themes:

  • Sustainability
  • Recovery and reform
  • Empowering individuals and communities


To register to attend the conference, and the satellite sessions, please visit  book.shsc.scot/digifest22

Register here


by West of Scotland Innovation Hub

Date and Time: Tuesday 4th October, 14:00-16:30 UK time.

Location: Online

Join us on Tuesday 4th October from 2pm to 4:30 pm for an online event open to all staff working in Cancer Services in Scotland.

Register here

EMERGENCE Healthcare Technologies Network+ Robotics for Frailty Challenge

Date and Time: Wednesday, 28 September 2022. 13:00 – 16:00 BST

Location: University of Nottingham (Jubilee Campus)


An event to find out about our upcoming EPSRC Network+ funding call to facilitate the emergence of robots from the lab into service.

With a focus on tackling frailty and facilitating the emergence of healthcare robots from labs into service, the EPSRC EMERGENCE Healthcare Technlogies NetworkPlus project has been set up to foster and facilitate innovative research and development of healthcare robotic solutions so that they can be realised as pragmatic and sustainable, providing personalised, affordable and inclusive health and social care in the community.


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Prostate Cancer UK

Date and Time:
Fri, 30 September 2022


The event will focus on the ways Cancer Alliances and NHS Trusts are working to achieve best practice with the Faster Diagnosis Standard.

Following our last Innovation Event, we’ve continued to support Cancer Alliances and individual clinicians delivering innovations and improvements across urology and prostate cancer pathways. Our next virtual event will showcase some of this work, highlighting lessons learned and recommendations for scaling.

Register here

What is a Medical Device?

Medical Device Manufacturing Centre (MDMC)

Date and Time:
Thu, 22 Sept 2022, 10:00

Online event

In this webinar, Ms. Elaine Gemmell, head of Regulatory Affairs at InnoScot Health, Ms. Melissa Siah, Director of Syntacog, and Prof. Marc Desmulliez, Manager of the MDMC, will present:

• The legal definition of a Medical Device

• The classification of a Medical Device and its impact on the regulations that need to be satisfied by this device

• Case studies of devices which lie at the boundaries between classes of devices

• The presentation of a software that automatically provide information on the classification of a medical device and lists the regulation documents to be filled in. A live demonstration of the software will be provided.

This webinar will be of interest to manufacturers with little prior knowledge and experience of medical devices, as well as established businesses seeking more information on the automation of classification of medical devices.

The webinar will be hosted on Zoom, with link provided following registration.

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Implementing innovation – how we make real the promise of new technologies

The Health Foundation

Date and Time: October 4th, 2022 at 10:45 am

Location: Online event

New technology innovations are seen as critical to help our health and care system to transform in the light of ongoing demand and workforce pressures, and help it remain sustainable. But so far, and despite many years of national efforts to foster more innovation, there are few examples of successful implementation of new technologies to change care pathways or service models. And while the many barriers are well known, there is little debate about potential solutions.

In this webinar you will hear from practitioners about international and national efforts to better support the implementation of technology for service change, and how they can be applied in the UK

Register here

BioForward 2022

Biodundee International Conference

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 – 08:00 to 18:00

Location: Oxford

BioForward 2022 is OBN’s Roadmap for Growth Life Sciences event taking place in Oxford on Tuesday 27th September. The one-day event is designed to provide the support, skills, know-how and industry connections required to build a commercially successful business, and they are pleased to offer complimentary registration to early stage & emerging life sciences R&D companies, to allow them to meet with a broad range of vital support service providers from across the life sciences ecosystem.

BioForward is a one-day event that features:
•    An exhibition featuring 50 trusted industry suppliers across IP, tax, financial management, regulatory, insurance, facilities, location management, manufacturing, lab supplies, PR, marketing, business development, HR & talent, consultancy
•    A targeted programme of workshops providing insight on a range of topics
•    Pre-scheduled, private 1:1 partnering meetings
•    Networking breaks and a drinks reception
•    Complimentary lunch from one of the visiting food trucks

Register here


The Digital Health Society

Date and time : 4-5th October, 2022

Location: Online

Background: The 2-Day Virtual Summit promotes the latest thought leadership of the DHS, showcases innovation, research, European funded projects and addresses the latest digital and data challenges facing digital health.

The Summit will focus on the topic “Data & Digital services to support the recovery of health systems across the globe” which is one the 3 themes of the Global Health Connector Partnership Flagship events in 2022 in the US (Boston, Las Vegas and Washington), India (New Delhi), Africa (Kenya), Spain (Barcelona) and Switzerland. The DHS Summit will build on almost 1000 registrations from 68 countries across the globe.

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Annual Life Sciences Conference

Date and time
Thu, 24 Nov 2022, 09:00 – 17:00 BST


Our 2022 conference is going to be a hybrid event, taking place at the technology innovation centre in Glasgow. Save the date for our annual event on November 24th.

Our 2022 event in in planning, more information will come soon.


Register here

Procurex Scotland 2022

Date and time: 27th October, 2022. 08:30-16:00

Location: Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow

Four main outcomes have been highlighted by Scottish Government as key for delivering a successful procurement function:

  • Good for businesses and their employees
  • Good for places and community
  • Good for society
  • Open and connected
  • Engagement and collaboration across peers and industry plays a vital role in meeting these procurement outcomes.

Procurex Scotland 2022 provides buyers engaged across the Scotland’s procurement community with an invaluable opportunity to meet with leading suppliers, who are actively delivering a diverse range of innovative products and services that can support both current and future procurement requirements.

Officially supported by the Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS), Procurex Scotland also provides a unique platform for buyers to enhance their commercial skills through a range of CPD Certified training sessions, all of which are designed to support the development of procurement skills and capabilities.

Free to attend for the public sector, Procurex Scotland will bring together over 1500 key decision makers and provides a unique platform for networking, collaboration, education, and innovation.

Register here