May 2017


9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Driving Innovation in Scottish Agri-Food

Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

Hear the latest developments in Scottish agri-food innovation, meet the new Agri-Tech centres, learn who the knowledge providers are and understand what support there is for innovation.

Professor Louise Heathwaite PhD, FRSB, FRSE, Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural Affairs and Environment (CSA RAE) to the Scottish Government will open the day, followed by former NFUS President Nigel Miller and Graham Young, Industry Development Director from Scotland Food and Drink who will highlight the issues affecting the sector, and Graeme Cook, Director of the Centre for Knowledge Exchange and Impact who will discuss the benefits of collaboration

The four new Agri-Tech Centres of Innovation in Agriculture will be also introduced, with case studies on productivity in the farms of the future; food safety and security; and innovation in the agri-food sector.

Register via Eventbrite here. For the full programme, visit


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Partnerships that drive innovation

Senate Room Glasgow United Kingdom, Glasgow

An official feeder event for Venturefest Scotland 2017 – Scotland’s innovation summit – this event is about Innovation and Innovate. It’s about partnerships that can capture innovation. It’s about accessing Innovate UK funding. It’s about taking best practice from the world of design and bringing it to every product and service innovation project.

The event is for innovators and people who want to be innovators from every, and any, sector. All technologies, academic, industry: the challenges are the same. How can we best capture innovation and turn it into a marketable reality? How can we form partnerships that a broad enough to deliver innovative products and services to market? How can we position our plans to make them fundable by agencies like Innovate UK?

At this event, University of Glasgow along with the Knowledge Transfer Network, Innovate UK and Glasgow School of Art and others will lead participants through some of the challenges we all face, some of the solutions that design methodologies can bring, some funding opportunities available and, critically, connect you with people you likely wouldn’t meet in your travels.

Find out more here.

Jun 2017

07/06/2017 - 09/06/2017

12:00 am

University-Industry Interaction Conference 2017

Trinity College, Dublin

The University-Industry Interaction Conference is the annual conference of the University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN), bringing together over 400 managers, practitioners and researchers in the field of entrepreneurial universities, collaborative innovation and university-industry interaction.

Now in its fifth year, this conference is one of the largest events of its kind, offering delegates a mix of knowledge sharing, good practice examples of university-industry interactions, and interaction with peers.

To find out more, or to register, click here.


9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Sustainable development in Scotland’s seas: securing progress in uncertain times

RSS Discovery, Dundee

The MASTS Marine Planning and Governance Forum is supporting and co-organising the 2nd Sea Scotland Event with ScotLINK and other partners on 21 June 2017.

This year’s event will focus on the critical topic of the impact of the EU Referendum and constitutional uncertainty on marine policy, and the progress towards sustainable development of Scotland’s seas.

Recognising the prevailing uncertainty, but the need for discussion on impacts, concerns and the opportunities that may be presented, SS17 will provide a platform for dialogue, with a focus on other useful frameworks including OSPAR, ICES and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Representatives from a wide range of marine sectors, local and national authorities, NGOs, scientists and others are welcomed to share perspectives and build ideas for action, helping inform a progressive approach to sustainable development as Scotland’s relationship with the EU is negotiated.

Tickets cost £40 – £65 and registration is now open via Eventbrite. Alternatively, for more details on the event, contact or

Aug 2017

15/08/2017 - 18/08/2017

All Day

Aqua Nor 2017, Trondheim, Norway

Trondheim Spektrum, 7030 Trondheim

Scottish Development International is organising a Scottish Pavilion at Aqua Nor in Trondheim, Norway on 15-18 August 2017 – and your company could be a part of it.

Measuring approximately 70sqm in size, the Scottish Pavilion will offer companies the opportunity to exhibit via standard or enhanced PODs:

  • Standard PODs – approximately 1m wide and consisting of one graphic wall panel, lockable cupboard, power supply and spotlight
  • Enhanced PODs – consisting of two graphic wall panels, lockable cupboard, power supply and spotlight. Depending upon demand, a limited number of 3x3m sized PODs may also be available.

Should you wish to ‘walk the show’ or exhibit at your own stand, you will still be deemed to be part of the Scottish delegation and included in all networking activities and marketing material.

In addition, financial support towards travel and accommodation may be available, subject to an application.

Deadline Friday 21 April 2017
To register your interest, download the ‘Aqua Nor 2017 registration of interest’ form below and return to by close of play Friday 21 April 2017.

Sep 2017

04/09/2017 - 07/09/2017

All Day

18th International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish

Waterfront Hall, Northern Ireland

Interested in fish pathology? Then mark 4th-7th September 2017 in your diary – the dates of the 18th International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish which will take place at Belfast’s award-winning Waterfront Hall on the banks of the River Lagan.

More details of the event programme and how to register will be published in due course at, but if you’re interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the event, you can contact Karen Hoey now on +44 28 9066 4020 or at


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