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Creating connections in Scotland - POSTPONED

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Overview

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Scotland plays a key role in driving UK innovation and prosperity. The Royal Society is working in partnership with the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's National Academy, to deliver Creating Connections – a one day conference focusing on Scottish research and innovation. Scientific and technical opportunities and challenges in Scotland will be addressed by leading experts from academia, industry and government.

The day will feature workshops and round-table discussions on diverse topics in science and policy. The event will also feature an exhibition of Royal Society work where participants can discuss how we can provide support and share resources.

Attending this event

This meeting is postponed. More details to follow.

Schedule of talks

Discover the Royal Society: grants university visits

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Hear from the Royal Society Grants team who will be visiting the University of Glasgow (Wednesday 13 May) and the University of Edinburgh (Thursday 14 May) to provide details of funding opportunities, as well as application advice for early and senior career researchers working in the UK and internationally. These will be interactive sessions with plenty of opportunities for questions and networking.

Registration for the sessions will open shortly, for further information in the meantime, please contact grants@royalsociety.org.

14 May

12:30-21:00

Collaboration in Scotland: regional networking session

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The session will bring together research fellows from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society to make new connections in the region. Discussions will focus on the attendee's experiences to understand what makes an inclusive and collaborative research environment and what universities and funders can do to support the wellbeing of award holders.

To request an invitation to this session please send an email including your name, job title, affiliation and reason for interest in attending.

18:30-21:00

Industry leaders' dinner at the Royal Society of Edinburgh

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The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. As part of our work we are engaging with industry to understand the skills gaps in different sectors, listen to experiences of university-business collaboration, and hear views on the UK government's industrial strategy and 2.4% target for R&D investment.

The dinner will bring together business leaders and fellows of the Royal Society to discuss the scientific and industrial landscape in Scotland. It will ask how the Society can support industry and discuss topics critical to the successful application of science for societal and economic benefit.

To request an invitation to the dinner please send an email including your name, job title, affiliation and reason for interest in attending.

15 May

09:00-12:30

Scotland: building an innovation economy

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The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the opportunities and challenges for Scotland as an innovation economy. Representatives from academia, government and industry will explore the topics of funding, infrastructure and skills, and competing incentives as they relate to research and innovation. This event is organised in partnership by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society.

To request an invitation to this session please send an email including your name, job title, affiliation and reason for interest in attending.

09:00-12:30

Neural interfaces and the future of gaming

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"What if you could just think about what you wanted to do and it happened? Wouldn’t that change how you play games?”

Mike Ambinder, Principal Experimental Psychologist, Valve Corporation

A recent Royal Society report, iHuman, explored the long-term potential and risks of neural interface technologies, devices that interact with an individual’s nervous system or brain. Traditionally used in medicine, companies like Facebook and Valve have begun to explore consumer applications, including devices that allow users to control digital objects with their thoughts. In future, neural interfaces could herald a new era of adaptive gaming that responds to the thoughts or emotions of gamers, as well as games to treat mental health conditions and assist rehabilitation.

This workshop will explore questions such as:

  • What opportunities for collaboration exist between gaming companies and scientists working on neural interfaces?

  • What are the ethical implications of using neural interfaces in gaming?

To request an invitation to this session please send an email including your name, job title, affiliation and reason for interest in attending.

09:00-12:30

Data skills for the future: understanding industry needs and supporting nimble and responsive training

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TBC

09:00-17:00

Telling local science stories

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This workshop aims to ensure that stories of science are shared with communities in Scotland by exploring the possibilities for collaboration between museums and STEM organisations.

If you work in a museum you will have the opportunity to meet organisations who can help you develop high quality science content, hear about success stories from Scotland and beyond, learn from peers at other museums, and find out about opportunities for funding. If you work for a science organisation you will find out how to work with museums to create unique, locally relevant projects, how to reach new audiences with your content and meet peers from across the region.

To request an invitation to this session please send an email including your name, job title, affiliation and reason for interest in attending.

13:30-17:00

The consequences of Brexit for scientific collaboration around the world

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Working in partnership with the Royal Society of Edinburgh, this meeting will focus on international scientific collaboration. This meeting will bring together stakeholders from the scientific and political communities across Scotland to discuss the consequences of Brexit on international scientific collaboration around the world, what this means for UK science, and how the UK can address this challenge in future.

To request an invitation to this session please send an email including your name, job title, affiliation and reason for interest in attending.

13:30-17:00

Accelerating business growth in Scotland

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Working in partnership with the Royal Society of Edinburgh, this workshop will explore how science and technology can be used to support economic growth across Scotland. The workshop will bring together representatives from academia, government and industry to discuss the application of data, science and technology to scale-up businesses and to accelerate business growth.

To request an invitation to this session please send an email including your name, job title, affiliation and reason for interest in attending.

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