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.

Public Sector Digital Transformation 2024

Date and Time: Tuesday 11th June 2024 09:30am-16:00pm

Location: Edinburgh Dynamic Earth

Event Info:

Holyrood Connect’s annual flagship Digital Transformation event for the Scottish public sector is returning to Edinburgh for another year.

Scotland’s public sector is on a journey to digital transformation. This conference will be a premier opportunity for delegates to engage with thought leaders and experts, and to learn about the latest digital developments.

Through a variety of session formats, including keynote addresses, panel discussions and interactive masterclasses, the event will provide real-life examples of digital transformation within the public sector for you to learn from.

You will gain insight into:

Scotland’s strategic direction of travel
The challenges of digital transformation and how they can be overcome
The value of Artificial Intelligence
Organisational culture change
Digital infrastructure


South-East Scotland NHS Innovation Intrapreneur Course - Registration open!

South-East Scotland NHS Innovation Intrapreneur Course

Thursday 30 May 2024 (0930-1630)

The National Robotarium, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh 

Discover the world of “Innovation Intrapreneurship” and learn how you can contribute and inspire others in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the NHS through the co-production of innovative products, services and processes.

NHS staff/students, local authority, academic and industry partners are invited from across the South East Scotland region (NHS Borders, NHS Fife and NHS Lothian) regardless of banding, role, profession or discipline.

We welcome all who have a passion for problem solving and thinking outside of the box!

Please note that this event will focus on NHS Lothian as an example, but the learning will be transferable to other Health Boards.


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AI in healthcare: IP and commercialisation

InnoScot Health

Date and Time: Wednesday, 29th May, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM GMT+1

Location: Online

Event Info:

The next webinar in formal NHS Scotland partner InnoScot Health’s educational series will be analysing the significant impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on healthcare and how innovators should best maximise and protect its benefits.

The free to join ‘lunch & learn’ session is entitled AI in healthcare: IP and commercialisation and will provide expansive insights on where Scottish healthcare is already deploying AI, where longer-term ambitions lie, and how to roll out innovations in this area. It will also offer legal perspectives on how best to protect the intellectual property inherent in innovative new ideas that include fast evolving AI technologies.

The interactive webinar will be introduced and led by InnoScot Health’s Head of Innovation Robert Rea who will welcome JD Blackwood, AI Strategy Lead for NHS Forth Valley and CTO & NHS National Programme Manager for the Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research in Digital Diagnostics (iCAIRD), one of the UK’s largest healthcare AI research programmes.

Joining them will be Joanna Boag-Thomson, Partner in the media and technology practice of leading law firm Shepherd & Wedderburn, and an accredited specialist in intellectual property law.

The accessible, bitesize ‘lunch & learn’ sessions are hosted on Microsoft Teams, regularly providing a platform for inspiring guest speakers whilst allowing InnoScot Health staff to share their deep knowledge and insights on innovation.

Pre submit your questions for our panel discussion to info@innoscot.com




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Intelligent System for Frailty


Date and Time: Tuesday 4th June 2024, 10:00 – 16:00

Location: The National Robotarium, Heriot-Watt University

Event Info:

The EPSRC funded EMERGENCE Healthcare Technologies Network+ are hosting an interactive workshop for companies and organisations involved in the development of intelligent and robotic systems for frailty.

Ensuring that healthcare professionals, such as carers and therapists, are able to set up and proficiently use the technology is vital for enabling the effective use of emerging solutions enabled by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotic technology. As part of our work package on future care workforce skills for integration of healthcare robotics into care we have been identifying gaps and requirements for these technologies from the perspective of healthcare professionals.

This workshop will provide companies who develop healthcare technologies with an understanding of what we have learnt regarding these gaps, facilitating a hands-on approach to reflective thinking on how this learning could be incorporated to improve and develop technologies so that they are more easily adopted by healthcare professionals.

During the workshop, participants will:

  • Review current thinking on existing technology
  • Co-design use cases and potential solutions
  • Gain hands-on exploration of sensors and robots in a living lab
  • Consider risks, ethical issues and CPD requirements
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NHS Scotland Event 2024

Date and Time: 10 June 2024

Location: SEC Glasgow

Event Info:

Over the past year, NHS Scotland and its partners across health and social care have once again risen to the challenges of delivering services during a time of unprecedented change. The collaborative efforts and adaptability demonstrated by our healthcare professionals highlight not only their resilience but also a steadfast commitment to the evolving needs of the population.

Addressing the short-to medium term demands, maintaining services and delivering effective person-centred care have been of fundamental importance to meeting the needs of our population right now.

However, we need to plan and deliver health and care in Scotland for the future. Working collaboratively to achieve practical and innovative solutions to the challenges we will face together will be a central focus for the NHS Scotland Event 2024.

The legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic means frontline teams have been consistently challenged to find new and innovative ways to deliver high-quality services. We have witnessed examples of transformation and renewal in many parts of the health service, and it is these examples of best practice and collaboration that must be shared and extended into routine service delivery.

The NHS Scotland Event represents the collaborative endeavour across NHS Scotland and its partners and the Scottish Government to drive forward the recovery and reform of our health and care services so that the system becomes more effective, efficient and sustainable. Discussions around how this will work will incorporate the reform of NHS Scotland, and the establishment of a new National Care Service fit for the future.

Enabling people to access the right care in the right place is central to the long-term future of NHS Scotland and this year’s Event will create opportunities for colleagues to come together and explore how different parts of the service are working towards this goal.

The NHS Scotland Event will examine how our health and care services are working to integrate the government’s core priorities into the services they offer. This will include examples which focus on Public Health, prevention and innovation.

These include:

  • Tackling poverty to improve the life expectancy of people across Scotland;
  • Building in ways to achieve our country’s net zero target, which is fundamental to the health and well-being of everyone in Scotland; and
  • Ensuring that the founding purpose of our NHS, to provide free healthcare at the point of need, is never lost.
  • The Event will provide the opportunity for colleagues to share their experiences, explore new ways of working, celebrate success and work together to deliver the highest quality person-centred, safe and effective integrated care for every individual in Scotland.
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Design Community of Practice

Date and Time: Wednesday, 29 May 2024, 10:00-12:00

Location: Online

Event Info: 

Co-designing a practice model with Health and Social Care Partnerships
At the May event, we will be joined by Rachel Dowle, Head of Strategic Design for the Office
of the Chief Designer, Scottish Government. Rachel will be joined by her colleague Anna Henderson, Lead Service Designer.

They will talk about building co-design maturity within Scottish Government and beyond, through the ‘Getting It Right for Everyone’ project – creating the conditions by supporting teams to work with their communities and staff. They will give examples of tools including user journey maps and how they have used them.

Design Sprints – from the theory to practice
The HIS service designers will introduce the topic of design sprints and then we will split
into breakout rooms to discuss experiences and challenges with sprints.

There will be time to ask questions of our speakers and have discussions with other participants during the event.

To secure your place, please register using the MS Forms link below.
Joining instructions will be sent prior to the meeting.
Registration closes on Monday 27 May, 16:00

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Achieving Sustainable Medicines: Driving Research and Innovation for Future Medicines Manufacturing.

Innovate UK

Date and Time: 18 June 2024, 09:00 – 18:00

Location: Online

Event Info: 

This collaborative event, jointly organised by the Innovate UK Transforming Medicines Manufacturing Community of Practice, UCL’s Future Targeted Healthcare Manufacturing Hub and the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA), will share insights and strategies for integrating sustainable approaches into new manufacturing processes.

Attendees can expect keynote presentations and discussions, fireside chats, talks and the opportunity to engage in interactive breakout sessions that will focus on the research and innovation needs of the sector to ensure a sustainable future. These sessions will provide a platform for in-depth discussions and collaborative problem solving. The day will also include opportunities to connect with people from across the sector and forge new partnerships. The event will be capped off with an evening networking session. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this event shaping the future of sustainable pharmaceutical manufacturing in the UK.

Who should attend?

We welcome participants from academia and industry organisations within the medicines manufacturing supply chain who:

  • Lead their organisation’s sustainability agenda.
  • Plan to implement sustainable practices within their medicines manufacturing processes
  • Would like to learn more about sustainable technologies, practices and ways forward.
  • Aim to solve the sustainability challenges through innovation within their own organisations

Why attend?

  • Learn about sustainable medicines manufacturing technologies and innovation.
  • Discuss medicines manufacturing opportunities and challenges.
  • Input into IUK strategic sustainability roadmap
  • Create networking opportunities
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Agetech – what does the future hold?

Date and Time: 21 May 2024, 15:00 – 16:00

Location: Online

Event Info:

Join us on 21 May for an overview of the international market, including a summary of the agetech on display at the world’s largest consumer electronics show, CES 2024.

Keren Etkin, the founder of The Gerontechnologist and industry expert, will provide a special session for our Healthy Ageing Community of Practice. The session will be co-hosted with Aging2.0’s Eric Kihlstrom.

The aim of the session is to support innovators in healthy ageing, particularly early-stage businesses, through market insights and lessons learned from international markets. The size of opportunity is bigger than one company or one country. The Gerontechnologist has done the hard work and pulled together an excellent session for the Healthy Ageing Community of Practice.

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Med-Tech Innovation Expo

Date and Time: 5-6 June 2024

Location: Birmingham, UK

Event Info: 

We’re making it easier for you to innovate and improve life changing medical devices.

You’ll find everything you need to support your role in design, manufacture and optimise medical devices, including specialist technology, materials and components, software, machines, applications and more.

Our exclusive online Event Hub helps you build a personalised diary of conference sessions and meetings, discover recommended products and suppliers, and connect with your peers before the event.

Join us to meet and learn from designers, engineers, innovators and manufacturers from across the medical and healthcare sector.

This is a must-attend event for anyone in the MedTech industry.

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