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.

Upcoming events

Accessing expertise to drive innovation

19 May 2021

Join Edinburgh Innovations and the Edinburgh Futures Institute at the University of Edinburgh to find out how you can drive innovation through a partnership with the University of Edinburgh industry-based Doctoral Programme in Fintech (PhD in Financial Technology).

Collaborative Research Partnerships with academia are an ideal way for your business to access expertise and demonstrate thought leadership and/or inform development of new products or services. Our Fintech Doctoral Programme provides direct access to this talent and academic expertise.

This event will offer the opportunity to hear about the programme, business benefits, and co-funding options. You will also hear about two current projects with Franklin Templeton Investments and DirectID.


Robotics and AI Showcase

25 - 27 May 2021

RAI21 brings a plethora of exciting and inspirational talks from speakers across the community.

Registrants will be given access to an online virtual platform one week before the event kicks off, where you will be able to  access all sessions, explore the exhibitors and book 1:1 meetings with exhibitor personnel and attendees.

Each ‘main stage’ presentation, will followed by an informal Collaboration Session, to network and discuss the topic area. There is also dedicated times where Exhibitors will be manning their ‘Virtual Booths’ for attendees to drop-in and speak with exhibitor personnel each day.

At the end of the Showcase, join us for a virtual ‘drinks reception’ to celebrate our achievements from the past year.


People and Practice: Celebrating care home skills

19 May 2021

People and Practice: Celebrating care home skills is a one-day virtual conference celebrating all the people working throughout Scotland in the care home sector.

This has been an unprecedented year for the sector. This year’s conference offers care home staff and colleagues the time and space to celebrate each other, hear and learn from each other’s experiences and take time to reflect.

With panel sessions, keynote and breakout sessions from experts, industry leaders and care home representatives, this online event aims to empower, uplift and celebrate the work that is being conducted daily in the care home sector.


Environmental Sustainability of Medical Devices: Challenges & Opportunities

10 June 2021

This webinar will be of interest to researchers and manufacturers with experience of developing medical devices, medical device businesses seeking the latest perspectives on environmental sustainability and end users from the healthcare industry.


Advanced Communications and Connected Healthcare Roundtable

27 May 2021

This round table event, co-hosted by the Scotland 5g Centre (www.scotland5gcentre.org) and the Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre (www.dhi-scotland.com) will provide a number of industry insights informing a discussion between health and social care providers, public policy professionals and industry experts. The outcome of this session will support greater awareness of emerging needs and the service delivery innovations under development.


Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster

30 June 2021

Fourth Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster event of 2021.

The next HAIC event takes place on Wednesday 30 June 2021, 1000-1200 on Microsoft Teams.

The event registration is managed through Eventbrite. There are only have 70 spaces available to participate in the session so register now to ensure you don’t miss out.

Registration closes on Monday 28 June 2021 at 1200.


Bitesize Intellectual Property Seminars

A series of lunchtime intellectual property (IP) seminars hosted by Edinburgh Innovations aimed at staff, students and alumni at the University.

Upcoming seminars:

Invention Spotting – 1pm, Wednesday 28 April 2021 – Speaker Richard Gibbs, Partner at Marks & Clerk
Trade Secrets – 1pm, Wednesday 26 May 2021 – Speaker Graham McGlashan, Partner at Marks & Clerk

Save the Date for Virtual NHS Scotland Event 2021

22 - 24 June 2021

The NHS Scotland Event returns as a virtual conference on 22 – 24 June 2021 showcasing the work being done to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and providing opportunities to reflect on what we can achieve when we work together to Re-mobilise, Recover and Re-design.

The virtual NHS Scotland Event promises to deliver the same engaging programme content and impactful connections with peers in a dynamic, digital setting that will be accessible from anywhere.


Reflect & Connect: Research Before, During and After COVID19

17 - 21 May 2021

Over five days in May this Virtual Event will cover three Streams on each of the days. There are 14 sessions each of 45 minutes duration over the course of the week. The streams are:

Policy & Decision Making (12:00 each day)
Inside COVID19 Research (14:00 each day)
Making Research Happen (17:00 each day


Past Events

Networks for Universal Healthcare. QI Connect with Becky Malby

29 April 2021

This last year we have seen the best and the worst of times. Where the NHS has done its best work it has mirrored all the cultural norms of high preforming health systems around the world. Professor Malby’s survey of NHS staff during the pandemic demonstrated the significant changes that were liberated, but also how hard it is for new norms to stick.

Becky Malby, Professor of Health Systems Innovation, London South Bank University will share the main findings of the study and what this means for health service leaders and focus on how we do our best work in collaborative networks.

The session will take place on Thursday, 29 April 2021, 3pm – 4pm.


IP for my business

24 March 2021

During the webinar run by Maucher Jenkins in collaboration with the Edinburgh BioQuarter, the organizers will provide an overview of IP and some important considerations such as ownership, freedom to operate and confidentiality. They will also cover some examples relating to IP in the fields of life sciences, med tech and digital health. There will be time for questions and discussion at the end of the webinar.


Webinar: Colon Capsule Endoscopy - An international research partnership

20 April 2021

Since 2019 clinical teams in Denmark and Scotland have worked on establishing strong research units around the use of colon capsule endoscopy (CCE) for diagnosing colorectal cancer. Parallel to local implementation and research projects, the teams at Odense University Hospital, Denmark, and in the NHS Highland region of Scotland have developed a close relationship focused on sharing knowledge and research findings as well as joining forces on international clinical research.

Join the webinar to mark the end of the Twinning project – but the beginning of a long-standing partnership between the leading CCE and clinical AI researchers in Europe – and hear about the work that has been done so far to establish a joint research database and the plans for the future.


Launch of Scotland's AI Strategy

Event Recording from 22 March 2021

To find out more about the strategy, please visit www.scotlandaistrategy.com or follow on Twitter @ScotAIStrategy or on LinkedIn (Scotland AI Strategy)


Digital Health and Care Scotland Annual Conference

Event Recording from 24 - 26 February 2021

This virtual Digital Health & Care conference provided an unmissable opportunity for delegates to access cutting-edge analysis and build a strategic understanding of the role digital technology can play in supporting Scotland’s health and social care sector.


NHSX Innovators' virtual engagement event

16 March 2021

Join us for the seventh in our series of events for digital health tech innovators, developers, start-ups, SMEs and industry. You’ll hear the latest from NHSX and take part in Q&A and interactive discussions.

The main session will run from 4pm to 5.30pm and will explore how we will support innovators in a post-pandemic NHS.

The main session will be followed by three interactive breakout sessions from 5.30pm to 6pm. These sessions will focus on citizen-facing digital products; the Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC); and a session to gather your feedback and input.



UKRI CDT in Biomedical AI Industry Event

19 March 2021

A half day event designed to share advances in the field of Biomedical AI and how collaborations may support industrial partners.

The aim of this event is to discuss interests, challenges and research developments in Biomedical AI. As part of this we will be sharing the ambitions and plans of a number of industrial partners to design, test and mobilise AI tools in the field and to showcase our students and faculty members whom we anticipate can support partners’ ambitions in the development of Biomedical AI.

Further details of the UKRI Biomedical CDT can be found via the following links:




Drones, 5G and Rural Health Services Workshop

12 March 2021

Workshop and discussion exploring the use of drones in support rural health services.

The use of drones in the support rural health services is an area of growing interest to the research, public and commercial sectors. This workshop will introduce a number of best practice examples across a range of use cases as the basis for a round table discussion. The outcomes of this will inform and influence the development of policy and practice in this field. Delegates will be drawn from the NHS, local authorities, regional growth deals, academic and public policy institutions.


Healthcare Innovation - Maximising the Future of Life Sciences and Healthcare

4 March 2021

On the 4th March, NHS Scotland, Life Sciences Scotland and Innovate UK hosted a meeting for the Industry, NHS and Social Care Innovation Network. The event had a range of fantastic speakers and for those who were unable to join live, you can now view the event recording via the below link. Topics included:

An update from national Industry and Government leaders on recovery and future plans.
An overview from Clinical Leads for Innovation on 2021/22 priorities for NHS and Social Care.
Investment Support – Creating an Investment Ecosystem for Life Sciences companies innovating with NHS and Social Care.
Cancer Moon Shot – Hear from Scotland’s Clinicians, Academics and Industrialists on progress with the Cancer Diagnostics Moon Shot -25 by 25- radical innovation in skin care.

Can Do Innovation Summit

3 February 2021 – The Online Edition

As a focal point for business innovation in Scotland – the national CAN DO Innovation Summit will explore how businesses can build sustainable growth and resilience after the global impact of COVID-19.

SMEs will meet the innovators, entrepreneurs, academics and investors that can help them adopt new technologies, build progressive working cultures and access the right support to enable innovation-led recovery and growth.

800+ delegates | 40+ speakers | 20+ sessions


Reflections on Leading in a Crisis. QI Connect with Jason Leitch

23 March 2021

Healthcare Improvement Scotland are delighted to announce that this month’s session is with Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scottish Government. In this session, Professor Leitch will be reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic and his learning from the past 12 months about leading in a crisis situation.

You will hear insights from his role in generating a sense of shared purpose and how this was so vital in helping the people of Scotland navigate the complexity of the pandemic; together with his experience of leading at a national, system and at a team level. Often all at once!

The session on Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 3pm –  4pm (UK time) is definitely one not to be missed!


Medical Device Manufacture Centre Webinar

20 January 2021

Registration is now open for MDMC’s next industry-led webinar. Sign up for practical guidance and case studies on “Route To Market In An Ever-Changing Regulatory World”.

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Webinar: Thriving when work is tough; in Covid and non-Covid times 

22 January 2021

Free to attend and open to BPS (British Psychological Society) members and the general public.

To support frontline staff and their leadership, this free webinar will introduce and describe compassion fatigue and related psychological concepts such as burnout and secondary traumatic stress.

These concepts affect frontline healthcare staff and their capacity to thrive at work. They will be introduced for non-psychologists and psychologists alike: describing signs and symptoms, illustrating with case studies, and exploring individual and organisational factors that can help support health care workers to thrive.

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Better Care - Insight Sharing Day

14 January 2021

This workshop is open to any attendees interested in the Better Care approach. Better Care focusses on the development, implementation and evaluation of learning healthcare systems that integrate clinical practice, large scale data and advanced analytics in a cycle of continuous health and care improvement.


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Using Drone Technology to Innovate in Healthcare

Event Recording from November 26th 2020

Learn about the latest developments in the use of Drones in Healthcare across the United Kingdom.

Short summary sessions from NHS Highland, Skyports Ltd, Apian, University of Southampton/Windracers and Leonardo UK.

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Scotland’s largest annual health and care event

You can access the recordings of all DigiFest2020 sessions and other resources by clicking on the link below


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AI supporting early detection and diagnosis in heart failure management- SBRI

Recording of Briefing Event

This briefing event gives the background information and overall rationale for this Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) challenge (now closed) announced by NHS Scotland and led by NHS Tayside and the University of Dundee.

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Industry, NHS and Social Care Innovation Network


This is a pivotal time for innovation. Whilst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic persists, this event demonstrates innovation as an integral part of remobilising health and social care and building a strong life science sector, with the dual aim of delivering better outcomes for citizens alongside company growth and new jobs in Scotland.

Themed around Artificial Intelligence (AI), it will provide important national updates across the life science landscape.

The presentations are now available in the HIAP website.

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Virtual HPN Expo

Session Recordings

If you missed any of our breakout sessions or would like to see them again, you can find links to recordings of all 28 sessions in this document, grouped by theme.

If want to be part of one of the most innovative and ambitious CPD-accredited virtual events in healthcare in 2020, register to attend now. Please note you must be an employee of an NHS or public sector organisation to qualify for a free delegate pass

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The Scotsman Annual Life Sciences Conference

Recording Available

Leading experts and senior healthcare leaders from across Scotland and the UK  shared insight into how the sector’s response to Covid19 is accelerating innovation and giving rise to emerging technologies.

If you missed the post conference report, you can view this by clicking the below link.

Post Conference Report 

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Access QI

Webinar 3rd December

We welcome you to attend the fourth national webinar in the series hosted by the ihub’s Access QI programme. This session will continue to share learning and best practice examples of ways to overcome COVID-19 related challenges in an elective care setting.

This session will focus on the four key themes we have identified as being prioritised by elective care:

• Maximising service capacity and capability

• Managing the physical environment

• Maintaining staff safety and wellbeing, and

• Enabling digital access.

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QI Connect with Suzie Bailey

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is currently hosting an exciting line up of monthly WebEx sessions presented by an exceptional global faculty. Simply link in for free from your own desk, to learn from national and international leaders in quality improvement.

We are delighted to announce that this month’s session is with Suzie Bailey, Director of Leadership & Organisational Development, The King’s Fund. The session Thursday, 26 November 2020, on 3pm – 4pm (UK time) is definitely one not to be missed!

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The NICE 4 Health Autumn Virtual Event

The presentation recording is now available to you. Click here to view all the valuable information presented in a collaborative event with NHS Lothian, including:

The Positive Impact of Technology in Healthcare – improving telephone triage and clearing appointment backlog.

During this 60-minute session, hear directly from one NHS Scottish Health Board about their attended journey and how unnecessary hospital episodes have been reduced by 30% resulting in:

Improve Patient Journeys
Faster and Accurate GP Referral Triage
Significant Financial Savings to the Unit and Board

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European Online Week of Active & Healthy Ageing

2nd - 6th November 2020

Adapting to demographic change in Europe in the 2020s

Together, the Active Assisted Living (AAL) Programme, the EIP on AHA (European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing) and the Joint Programming Initiative More Years, Better Lives (JPI MYBL) invite you to the European Week of Active & Healthy Ageing (EWAHA) on 2-6 November, 2020.

All three supporting initiatives, the AAL Programme, EIP on AHA, & JPI MYBL were set up in order to support Europe’s adaptations to an ageing society. The three have collaborated closely in 2019-2020 to unite their efforts. Now, they are putting demographic change more prominently onto Europe’s research and innovation agenda.

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UK-Basque Country Healthy Ageing workshops

October/November 2020

These are a series of workshops which aim to bring together policymakers, researchers and business to discuss the impacts of an ageing society and promote the exchange of best practice in public health, policy, innovation and business.

Participants will showcase capabilities on infrastructures, accelerators and living models identifying synergies with the Basque Country´s emerging initiatives. The objective is to stimulate innovative research, deepen the links between research and industry, promote innovative British and Basque technology and design, as well as strength the bilateral relationship as a means to stimulating mutual growth and innovation.


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Usher Institute - Annual Lecture and Showcase 2020

Webinar- 28th October 2020

Health sciences in a changing world: Where to from here?

Dr Jeannie Shoveller, Vice President, Research and Innovation, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Canada and Chair of Governing Council, Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Health sciences in a changing world: Where to from here?


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What are the alternatives to care homes?

7th October 2020


They have been the crucible of COVID-19 fatalities. Join us 2pm BST on Weds 7th October for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowship report on Alternatives to Long Term Institutional Care for Older People.


Last year, Rebecca Jarvis was awarded a Churchill Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to travel to Japan and New Zealand to explore alternatives to long-term institutional care for older people and bring back her findings to the UK. Her presentation will cover three case studies of different models of housing with care which either delay or avoid the need for people to move into a care home.

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Remobilising elective care: Sharing innovations from across Scotland #3

28th October

About this Event

Access QI welcome you to attend the third national webinar in our series. This session will continue to share learning and best practice examples of ways to overcome COVID-19 related challenges in an elective care setting.

This session will look at ways to manage the physical environment and explore service user engagement during remobilisation. Join our session to share your local innovations and continue to help services learn from each other and spread change.

While this is a series of webinars, participants are able to join at any point and/or attend all of the sessions.

Who is this webinar for?

This session may be of particular interest to clinicians and managers who deliver elective care services and for QI practitioners in NHS boards


QI Connect with Professor Andrew Gumley

29th October 2020

We are delighted to announce that this month’s QI Connect session is with  Professor Andrew Gumley (University of Glasgow) . This special session on wellbeing, Thursday, 29th October 2020, 3pm – 4pm (UK time) is definitely one not to be missed!

‘Navigating the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on staff wellbeing and population mental health’

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DIIF: Global Challenges

30th September

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 has brought into sharp focus the global and complex nature of many challenges facing humanity, the impact of which is most often felt by the poorest and most vulnerable.

This event showcases how researchers at University of Dundee, and their partners, are working to tackle some of the most pressing development challenges around the world.

It will provide the opportunity to hear from colleagues supported by the UK Govt-funded, Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), learn more about the evolving development research funding landscape and discover opportunities to contribute.

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Next Generation Home Vision Testing SBRI Briefing Event

Event Recording

Join NHS Forth Valley and West of Scotland Innovation Hub for a 90 minute webinar to hear about the challenge. The challenge is to pioneer next generation home vision testing, so that it can be done at home, in school and in under-served communities, with live remote supervision from healthcare professionals – Dr Iain Livingstone, NHS Forth Valley.

Eye problems will be more easily detected, monitored and managed to prevent sight loss. The project will bring together low-cost digital solutions and sources of relevant information to solve the challenges of:

  • Access to Eye Testing
  • Quicker Diagnostics
  • Enabling Self-Checks

We will also hear short presentations from the CSO and Innovate UK on the innovation landscape in Scotland and from Storm ID an industry partner about their experience with the SBRI process. We welcome questions from attendees and hope that you find the session interesting and informative.

If you missed the event you can access to the recording here. 


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Digital Dermatology Assessments – Storm ID

Thursday 1st October 15:00 to 16:30

Please join us for a live webinar to highlight the benefits of Digital Dermatology Assessments and discuss the potential for rollout.

The Digital Dermatology Assessment Service is a platform supporting e-consultations – including the upload of images – between patients and clinical staff. The system is currently used in NHS Forth Valley, NHS Grampian, and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Scottish Government have agreed a contract with the provider Storm ID for 12 months from October 1st 2020, including the opportunity to rollout to further Health Boards.

An overview of Digital Dermatology Assessment and the benefits for patients and Dermatology services.
Results from Health Boards to date.
Outline the opportunity available for Boards to implement the Digital Dermatology Assessment.
Keynote speaker: Dr Colin Morton, Lead Consultant Dermatologist, NHS Forth Valley, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor


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Innovation in digitally enabled clinical trials

Event Recording - Edinburgh Innovations and Usher Institute at UoE

We were delighted to be able to bring together high profile speakers from GSK, IQVIA and Asthma UK, as well as researchers from UCL and the University of Edinburgh. The panel represented a broad range of experience in clinical trials, and the speakers had an insightful and lively discussion on both the challenges and opportunities that that lie ahead. The full programme can be viewed here.

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Diabetes & Endocrine SBRIs Launch Event

If you missed the event you can watch the full video recording and view the speakers’ presentations.

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Meeting of Industry, Academia and NHS and Social Care Innovation Network

If you missed the event you can watch the full video recording, and view the speakers’ presentations.

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The Sustainable Innovation Fund: SBRI Phase 1

Applicant Briefing- The webinar recording for the applicant briefing held on 2nd July 2020 is now available to stream online.

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Use of Digital Technology to Support Psychological Therapies

If you missed the briefing event, you can now access the recording and presentations online.

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