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.

Welcome to AIMday HealthTech

Date and Time: on Thursday 29th February 2024

Location: COSLA Conference Centre, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH

Event Info:

The foundation of the AIMday concept is to match questions from businesses and organisations with relevant research competence. These questions are made the subject for discussions in small, multi-disciplinary groups with one hour per question.

AIMday is the simple idea that a new and broad mix of people can provide different perspectives and surprising new avenues to solving problems – and can create favourable conditions for continued cooperation between academia and other sectors. The concept is a structured process for matching challenges from businesses and society with relevant and broad academic skills.

An AIMday consists of several one-hour workshops where exchange of knowledge on these challenges and problems takes place. Transparency is the basis for meetings within the AIMday concept. All contributions are welcome within the specific theme, but questions need to be phrased in a way that makes clear what exactly the challenge is – and how academics within different fields can contribute with their expertise.

The questions and the names of the organisations that submit them are public information accessible to all. Participation in AIMday is about opening up to new knowledge, perspectives, ideas and contacts for all participating parties. Discussions are open and frank.

Workshops are in general open to other attending organisations to observe where relevant, but closed workshops can be requested if required.

Although the core of AIMday workshops comprises concrete issues and questions, the academic researchers are not expected to deliver solutions. The meetings should be the starting point for finding the answers together. AIMday is a venue for learning and mutual exchange of knowledge.


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Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster Meeting

Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre

Date and Time: Monday, 26th February

Location: Sighthill Campus Horizon Suite Edinburgh EH11 4BN

Event Info:

DHI are delighted to announce the next in person HAIC event will take place in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University and SET 4 from University of Edinburgh. The aim of the day is to bring our respective networks together, to learn what we are doing currently on healthy ageing and howe we can work together going forward. The afternoon session will be a workshop led by the Set 4 Team from Edinburgh university looking at the issues with transition points in care. We are especially keen to host practitioners from health and care. Come and learn about systems thinking and participate in co – design. Register now as places will be in demand. 

Speakers will include:

  • Stella Arakelyan: Dr Stella Arakelyan is a Research Fellow within the Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC), Centre for Population Health Sciences, Usher Institute, Edinburgh University.
  • SET4: Systems Engineering and Thinking To Transform Transitions (SET4) in health and social care is a University of Edinburgh hosted programme focussed on co-design of improvements to care transitions for people living with multiple long-term conditions.
  • ENU: Research and innovation at Edinburgh Napier plays a crucial role in underpinning our ability to solve real-world problems and provide advice, knowledge and expertise to industry, the public and third sectors.
  • Maggie Reid: Maggie Reid – Business Development & Relationship Manager – School of Applied Science & School of Health and Social Care.
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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


DHI WEBINAR: How to navigate the digital shift in healthcare?

Date and Time: 28 February 2024 • 10:00 – 11:00

Location: Online

Event Info:

Explore the digital evolution in healthcare with the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) and our international panel of experts as we delve into the insights from our latest report: “How to navigate the digital shift in healthcare? An international review and analysis of frameworks supporting digital work for frontline healthcare staff.”

Since 2016, the digital transformation of health and care has been rapidly advancing, with the COVID-19 pandemic acting as a catalyst (Morrison et al., 2022).

Join us on Wednesday 28 February 2024, for the report launch during our livestream from 1000-1100 (UK Time). During this event, our panel of experts will present key findings and recommendations for discussion.

Featured Guests:

  • Prof Lesley Holdsworth, Clinical Lead for Digital Health & Care Scottish Government and Assoc. Director NHS Education Scotland
  • Dr Sanna Rimpiläinen, Head of Research & Skills, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre and lead author of the report
  • Dr Louise Schaper, Director of Comperio Pty; former CEO of Australasian Institute of Digital Health
  • Mr Cris Scotter, HRH Policy Advisor, Health Workforce and Service Delivery team at World Health Organization
  • Dr Ann Wales, Programme Lead, Knowledge and Decision Support, Health Improvement Scotland

Don’t miss this opportunity to navigate the dynamic landscape of digital healthcare transformation and gain insights into the frameworks shaping the future of frontline healthcare staff.


  • Welcome and introduction from the Chair
  • Presentation of key findings and recommendations from the report
  • Panel discussion
  • Q&A from online audience
  • Final comments from the Chair

We look forward to having you join us for this live online event!

Best wishes

Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre

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Cloud, Data & AI - Transforming Public Services Conference


Date and Time: Thursday 21st March 2024


Event Info:

This conference serves as the pivotal meeting point between government and technology providers, offering invaluable insights into harnessing the potential of cloud, data and AI to modernise public services. Attendees will gain global thought leadership on leveraging these technologies for increased agility, responsiveness and intelligence in government services. The event also focuses on turning data into a valuable organisational asset, exploring sustainable cloud deployment options, and navigating the ethical and inclusive integration of AI.




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Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 April 2024

Location: University of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow, Conference Timings: 08:30 – 16:30

Event Info:

The NHS is on a road to recovery. The health service is under strain and technology and innovation – if harnessed in the right way – can alleviate some of the pressures on the system. Health & Social Care Transformation 2024 is the annual conference bringing together the ‘triple helix’ of government, industry and academia to unlock the potential of technology and innovation to deliver better patient outcomes and move from an era of reactive to proactive care. Getting data to flow between hospitals, GP services, social care, pharmacists and allied health professionals is vital to that cause. There are also moves to foster a vibrant startup culture within the NHS and social care – removing bureaucratic hurdles and securing faster adoption of ground-breaking innovations. The conference will provide a platform for health and social care leaders working to effect positive change.

Learning Objectives:

  • Global thought leadership on transforming health and social care systems at a strategic level
  • Putting data and digital at the heart of responsive, user-centred design approaches to citizen healthcare
  • Joining up data systems and making data ‘work’ at the point of use, improving frontline services and the experience of health and social care
  • Identifying system blockages and working with health and social care leaders to overcome organisational and cultural barriers
  • Understanding how to use AI to assist clinicians’ decision-making, automate clinical processes and give time back to care
  • Show and tell: using inspiring case studies to inform best practice guidance for delivering transformative health and social care
  • Embedding a startup culture within your organisation to enable frontline staff to contribute to the  innovation ecosystem

One Health Workshop

Date and Time: Tuesday, 27th February, 11:00 – 16:00

Location: Life Sciences Innovation Centre, 20A Inverness Campus Inverness, IV2 5NA

Event Info:

In October 2023, SULSA hosted the Medical Research Council Regional meeting where One Health emerged as a theme in which SULSA member universities have substantial strengths.

This workshop is being hosted by The University of the Highlands and Islands in response to this, to bring SULSA member universities together (across disciplines) with a view to actively influence UKRI Councils and facilitate a rapid response to relevant grant calls.

This workshop aims to:

1. To bring together senior researchers with an interest in One Health in order to determine the breadth and depth of expertise across Scotland

2. To discuss the strategic approach to UKRI, including influencing and proposal of specific calls that meet Scotland’s expertise

3. To identify consortium members and potential lead institutions/individuals within specific sub-themes of One Health

4. To plan the next steps with respect to developing research proposals and routes of engagement with Research Councils to help steer calls towards our strengths

Sub-themes for the meeting have been predetermined through a survey of the SULSA network and are listed below. Please select which sub-theme you are interested in on registration:

Infectious Disease Control – spread of virus/pathogens and ways to understand and mitigate this, looking at animal and human health
Remote monitoring and digital health, innovations that are improving access to healthcare and reducing carbon footprint, focused on human health
Food security, looking at agriculture and aquaculture
Pollutants in water, looking at impacts of humans on the environment and vice versa


10.45 – 11.15 Arrival

11.15 – 12.30 Plenary and Discussion

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch

13.15 – 15.30 Breakout Discussion in Sub-Themes

15.30 – 16.00 Feedback and Close

Important Information: This workshop is open to researchers across all disciplines who are based in a SULSA-member university or institute.

This is a hybrid event so participants are welcome to join via Teams if they are unable to attend in person. Please ensure you register for the correct option.

Registration closes on Tuesday 6th February 2024.

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Cyber Security 2024


Date and Time: 27 February 2024, 08:30 – 16:30

Location: University of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow

Event Info:

Futurescot’s annual Cyber Security conference is the only platform in Scotland for public sector professionals to come together and discuss cyber resilience and capacity-building for the nation’s critical digital infrastructure. The event brings government, industry and academia together to share best practice and real-world experiences of defending against cyberattacks through powerful case studies, educational resources and exposure to the latest, cutting-edge industry solutions. The conference provides an opportunity for Scottish public sector professionals to learn from global agencies such as the FBI, the NSA and the UK’s own National Cyber Security Centre.

Learning Objectives:

Global thought leadership on protecting public bodies from cybercrime and network intrusion
Learn the latest industry best practice with cyber-accredited industry bodies and solutions providers
Join detailed run-throughs of cyber protection methodologies in compelling leadership sessions and masterclasses
Network with a national group of like-minded professionals working at the coalface of protecting critical digital infrastructure and frontline services
Hear the latest innovations and new cyber approaches from academia, from security by design to zero trust and quantum computing
Understand how to respond to a live cyber incident – build capability and capacity into your teams to defend against global threat actors
Protect your distributed workforce: from education, skills and endpoint device security, build a layered defence posture into your cyber resilience plans

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Lothian Clinical Research Welcome Day (BioQuarter)

Date and Time: 26 February 2024, 09:30 – 15:35

Location: Chancellor’s Building, Edinburgh BioQuarter, Little France Crescent

Event Info:

ACCORD and Edinburgh CRF are holding a Welcome Day for those who have recently been appointed into a clinical research role in NHS Lothian or University of Edinburgh.  Suitable for all roles including clinical research support staff, delivery teams, researchers and academics.

to introduce the research landscape in NHS Lothian and understand where and how individual roles fit within this;
to raise awareness of the support structures and resources available to those working in clinical research;
to network and engage with colleagues across the organisation;
to inspire and motivate individuals in their new role.

This event is free-of-charge to attend.

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Understanding how to access UK health data for research

Date and Time: 21 March 2024, 09:30 – 12:30

Location: Seminar Room, Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility, Western, General Hospital, Edinburgh

Event Info:

This course explores what health data is available for research within the UK; how to access the data and the common misunderstandings that delay health data access.

The course will provide the following:

  • A comprehensive and up-to-date overview of what data is available for health research
  • A summary of the organisations that provide data and the organisations that approve access to data
  • A round-up of the common misconceptions that delay access to health data

Alex Bailey

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