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.
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.BOOK HERE
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.BOOK HERE
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.BOOK HERE
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.REGISTER HERE
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.BOOK HERE
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.BOOK HERE
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.
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.READ MORE
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
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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)VIEW HERE
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.VIEW HERE
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.READ MORE
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+ sessionsREAD MORE
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!READ MORE
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”.find out more
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.find out more
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.View Here
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.Find Out More
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.find out more
Virtual HPN Expo
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 passfind out more
The Scotsman Annual Life Sciences Conference
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.find out more
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.
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!find out more
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
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.find out more
UK-Basque Country Healthy Ageing workshops
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.find out more
Remobilising elective care: Sharing innovations from across Scotland #3
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 boardsFIND OUT MORE
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’find out more
DIIF: Global Challenges
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.find out more
Next Generation Home Vision Testing SBRI Briefing Event
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.Find Out More
Diabetes & Endocrine SBRIs Launch Event
If you missed the event you can watch the full video recording and view the speakers’ presentations.find out more
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.Find Out More