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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Launch of innovation community for data-driven innovation in health and social care

Date and Time:

Wednesday 16th November, 2022




Event info:

Health and social care services are struggling, globally, to manage the demands placed on them by several major challenges – particularly those related to ageing populations living with multiple long-term disorders over several decades.

Putting data at the centre of responses to these challenges is crucial to improving services through research, innovation and planning.

Join us as we mark the launch of a new innovation community, led by the Health and Social Care Data-Driven Innovation programme, hosted by the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh.


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Experiences and challenges of implementing AI technologies in the workplace (ONLINE)

Scottish AI Alliance

Date and Time:

Tuesday, 22 November 2022



This event offers a big picture view of some of the challenges associated with implementing AI, RPA and related applications in the workplace, based on research and industry insight. Participants will be encouraged to think about inclusive aspects of choosing AI-based products and services, and to consider them using the latest standards of practice around AI, including based on Scotland’s AI Strategy.

Dr Luciana Blaha, Assistant Professor in Business Management and Human Computer Interaction, Heriot-Watt University

Luciana’s research investigates Intelligent Automation systems (including AI, RPA and chatbots) and their impact on organisational behaviour, reuniting findings from science and technology studies, business management and computing science. She has delivered guest lectures, seminars and conference presentations for audiences in the UK, Dubai, Taiwan, US and Australia in the areas of Intelligent Automation, Management, AI and Qualitative Research Methods. Currently, her work focuses on the areas of organizational behaviour and Intelligent Automation systems, and AI stakeholder management for good.

Professor Donal Hislop, Professor in the Sociology of Work and Technology in the Business Management Department, University of Aberdeen

Donald’s research is in the relationship between technology and work and how worker’s use of new technologies shapes the character of their work. He currently has a primary interest in how artificial intelligence and robots are shaping managerial, professional and service work. He also has an ongoing interest in the work-related use of mobile communication technologies, particularly with respect to business travel.

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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.

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Innovation Conversation: BioDundee

Research and Innovation Services, University of Dundee

Date and Time: Thursday 1st December, 2022 from 10:00-13:00

Location: Dalhousie Building, Lecture Theatre 4 Old Hawkhill Dundee DD1 5EN

Join us at this in-person BioDundee event where we will explore the growth of Life Sciences and Medicine within our local Tayside region and the opportunities arising for businesses within these sectors.

During the event we will be joined by Dame Anna Dominiczak, Scotland’s Chief Scientist for Health, along with speakers from the BioDundee Community, School of Medicine and the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee.

We’ll also hear, first-hand, from Research and Innovation Services (RIS) at the University of Dundee on the number of ways in which businesses within the Life Science and Medicine sectors can work in partnership with experts at the University of Dundee to innovate and grow.

Join us for insights and discussions, followed by a networking lunch (12 – 1pm).

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

QI Connect Webinar Series

Health Improvement Scotland

Date and Time: 8th December 2022 15:00-16:00

Location: Online

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is currently hosting an exciting line up of monthly webinar sessions presented by an exceptional global faculty.

Established in 2014, QI Connect provides clinicians with the opportunity to learn from national and international leaders in the field of improvement and innovation. Our reach is global – healthcare professionals from more than 60 countries link in to our QI Connect sessions each month.

Join our sessions from the comfort of your own desk, or catch up on one of our recordings afterwards, to learn from national and international leaders in quality improvement.

Keep up to date with information about future QI Connect sessions by following us on Twitter @ConnectQI or emailing his.qiconnect@nhs.scot to be added to our mailing list.

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Public Sector Data Summit 2023

Holyrood Events

Date and Time: Tuesday, 14 March 2023. 09:30 – 16:00 BST

Location: COSLA, Edinburgh,

Holyrood Connect is delighted to announce the return of the portfolio’s newest annual event, our Public Sector Data Summit, to be held on Tuesday, 14 March 2023 at COSLA, Edinburgh. After a wildly popular inaugural event, the 2nd annual Public Sector Data Summit will continue to establish itself as one of the premier events for Scottish public sector data professionals.

This year’s event will focus on providing real-life examples of data use within the public sector for delegates to learn from. These stories of challenge, persistence, and collaboration will hopefully inspire delegates as well as offer them a sense of community that leads to greater understanding and growth. The event will provide delegates with the opportunity to hear the latest developments around data sharing, maturity, strategy, and analysis, as well as to network with leading figures, peers, and industry representatives. Throughout the day, audience members will be able to include their own voices in the discussion through Question & Answer portions. Sessions of a variety of formats, including panel discussions, case studies, and plenary presentations, will delve into elements such as:

Reflections on data’s role within the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy as well as the overall state of data within the Scottish public sector.
The complexity regarding the sharing and security of health and care data.
The needle being threaded around the ethics of data use with regards to privacy, ownership, and intention.
Examples of fellow public sector organisations’ data use challenges and the process of overcoming them.
Further details regarding resources such as the Data Transformation Framework and the Data Intelligence Network.
This event is free-to-attend for those working in the public or third sectors. Register now to secure your place. If you work in the private sector, please email us to be added to our waiting list.

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Public Sector Cloud 2022

Holyrood Events

Date and Time:
Tuesday, 06 December 2022, 09:30 – 16:00 BST

Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

As we approach one year since the kick-off of the Cloud Migration Service as part of the Cloud First Programme and look ahead to the Scottish Government’s Cloud Service Framework refresh in 2023, it is an ideal time to reflect on cloud migration in the Scottish public sector. With more experience in transition to cloud services than ever before, public sector organisations have learnt lessons to share and are well placed to take next steps toward greater cloud optimisation.

Holyrood Connect’s 4th annual Public Sector Cloud event has returned for another year and will be back in person, having been virtual for the past two years. This year, the event will mark the beginning of Holyrood Connect’s 2nd annual Connect Week – a series of online, in-depth webinars that explore some of the key topics in Scotland’s tech sector. As always, Public Sector Cloud will allow delegates to engage with thought leaders and experts about the progression of cloud migration across the public and third sectors now that we are two years since Covid-induced cloud enthusiasm.

Delegates will hear from public sector thought leaders and industry experts on a range of topics around the ongoing migration process, lessons learned thus far, and aspects needing attention to continue a successful cloud journey. Sessions of a variety of formats, including panel discussions, case studies, and lightning talks, will delve into elements such as:

Common challenges within the migration process and the innovative solutions implemented to overcome them.
The broader shift, including increased skills development and business culture, that needs to occur in organisations when successful cloud migration is the goal.
Lessons learned along the path towards cloud maturity from local case studies across Scotland.

Register here

Holyrood Connect Week 2022

Holyrood Events

Date and Time:
Start Date: Wednesday, 07 December 2022, 09:00am BST
End Date: Thursday, 08 December 2022, 12:00pm


Holyrood’s Connect Week is returning for its second year running. This year, the week will begin with our in-person Public Sector Cloud conference at Dynamic Earth Edinburgh, and will then move online for four engaging webinars set across two mornings. These webinars will focus on various topics at the heart of the Scottish digital landscape and delve into the topics rooted in this calendar year’s Connect portfolio of events, including Public Sector Cyber Security Scotland, Public Sector Data Summit, Digital Transformation and more.

Focus areas across the two days will include:
• digital connectivity and infrastructure
• cloud security
• digital inclusion and skills
• the roles and ramifications of artificial intelligence and machine learning

Through engaging sessions of various formats, Connect Week 2022 will allow public and third sector professionals to keep abreast of the latest developments within the space and gain a better understanding of future trends. Delegates will hear from thought leaders and industry experts and have the opportunity to engage with them through audience Q&As. Speakers and panellists will bring a breadth of experience and insight and offer technical and user-centric perspectives.

Join us online on the 7th, and 8th of December to ring in Holyrood’s 2nd annual Connect Week.

Be sure to show your excitement about the upcoming event or get a jumpstart on the discussion by using the official event hashtag, #ConnectWeek22, on Twitter!

Register here

Scottish Cancer PROMS Forum Event

Date and Time: Friday 25th November, 2022. 10:00-12:30 GMT

Location: Online

The Scottish Cancer PROMs Advisory Group (endorsed by Scottish Government) aims to guide clinical practice, research, strategy and policies relevant to the collection and use of PROMs among cancer patients, in relation to their healthcare in Scotland.

The Advisory Group are pleased to host the second Scottish Cancer PROMs Forum event which will bring together members of the public, patients, clinicians, digital companies, patient interest groups, charities and other stakeholders.

Workshop Information

We are planning to run three workshops as part of the Forum meeting. The workshops will all run at the same time, so attendees can only take part in one workshop. Brief descriptions are provided within the agenda below to help you choose what workshop you would like to take part in.

  • WORKSHOP A: What PROMs are most important to measure
  • WORKSHOP B: Making PROMs part of routine care
  • WORKSHOP C: Making digital PROMs accessible and inclusive
Register here

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

Transforming Public Services

Date and time: 

Thu, 19th January 2023, 08:30-17:00


Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow


Service technologies are helping organisations to harness the power of data, artificial intelligence and IoT in a new wave of public service innovation.

In a brand-new conference from Futurescot, Transforming Public Services will bring together digital leaders as they chart a path towards public services that are quickly evolving from the transactional to the transformational.

Based on the desire in Scotland’s national digital strategy to design public services that ‘work for us all’, cloud-based technologies are one way to secure that aim: by ‘simplifying and automating the processes that underpin services to improve responsiveness and reduce the opportunity for things to go wrong’. Whether that’s using an AI assistant – in the form of a chatbot – or using algorithms to analyse patient data sets, there is now a recognition that data-driven innovation can yield considerable benefits to digitally mature organisations.

We look at how collaboration is key to that aim: at a national level in Scotland, innovation agencies are working more than ever with public bodies, academic institutions, and industry to maximise the potential of their legacy data with new technology environments and business models.

Register here

Health & Care Transformation 2023

Date and time: 

Thursday 30th March, 2023


Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow


Scotland’s largest conference for digital health and care returns next spring, bringing together key stakeholders engaged in transforming healthcare services in Scotland.

As the NHS recovers and remobilises, Health & Care Transformation 2023 will analyse how the post-pandemic service paradigm is shifting ever more towards digitisation and technology to better manage demand and improve care.

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Cyber Security 2023

Date and time: 

Monday 27th February, 2023


Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow


Welcome to Scotland’s largest conference for cybersecurity professionals – working to defend public services from online harms.

Cyber Security 2023 is proudly helping to kickstart Cyber Scotland Week – throwing light on government policy and the latest industry best practice to better protect systems, and the packed programme will check progress on national aims for Scotland to be a global cyber leader.

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Transforming Public Services

Date and time:

19th January, 2023



Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow


Bringing Cloud, Data & AI communities together to accelerate the pace of best-in-class digital public services in Scotland

In a brand-new conference from Futurescot, Transforming Public Services will bring together digital leaders as they chart a path towards public services that are quickly evolving from the transactional to the transformational.

Join us in January as we look at how collaboration is key to that aim: at a national level in Scotland, innovation agencies are working more than ever with public bodies, academic institutions, and industry to maximise the potential of their legacy data with new technology environments and business models.

Register here