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Filmhouse Screening: The Fits preview @ Filmhouse
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Filmhouse Screening: The Fits preview @ Filmhouse | Scotland | United Kingdom

We’re delighted to welcome our members to a free preview screening of The Fits, the next title to be supported by BFI FAN’s New Release Strategy.

The Fits is not your usual coming-of-age tale. Dreamy, poetic, visually lush with an immersive score that beguiles and intrigues, this confident debut feature from director Anna Rose Holmer deserves to be seen on the big screen.

After the screening we’ll be discussing ideas and support available via the New Release Strategy to help you screen the film. The Fits will be released into UK cinemas on 24 February 2017 and can be booked via Lionsgate.

10.00-10.15 Teas/coffees in Filmhouse Cafe
10.15-11.35 Screening of The Fits in Cinema 3
11.35-12.00 Discussion of support available through New Release Strategy in Cinema 3

Advance booking is essential for this free screening. Please sign up via the green ‘Register’ button above.

Bim Adewunmi on The Fits for Buzzfeed
Watch trailer (US)

Grant Writing Workshop @ James Watt Centre II Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University
Jan 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Grant Writing Workshop @ James Watt Centre II Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University  | Scotland | United Kingdom

In Innovate UK’s Delivery Plan for 2016/17, Innovate UK introduced a simpler sequence of 2 broad competitions in each sector per year, plus 2 ‘open’ competitions for applications from any sector. In addition, Innovate UK will also run more innovation programmes and competitions in partnership with other government bodies and organisations.

The focus is to now build on the momentum from the last 5 years, to accelerate sector growth. To do that, in terms of innovation funding, Innovate UK need to expand their focus on projects and opportunities to concentrate on the growth of the investment-worthy businesses that those opportunities create and on how those exciting new companies can accelerate the value chains of entire sectors.

To support people with the application process, KTN in partnership with the Heriot-Watt Energy Academy are organising a one-day workshop on writing a successful grant application.

This event would be of benefit to early-career researchers and SMEs that are new to grant applications.


09:00 Registration and Networking

Session 1

Chair: Chris Bagley, Head of Infrastructure, Knowledge Transfer Network

09:30 Introduction

Patrick McCarthy, Business Development Manager, Heriot-Watt Energy Academy

09:40 The Innovation Funding Service

Sarah Vodden, Head of Pre Award & Service Manager for IFS, Innovate UK

10:10 Grant Writing Masterclass

Kezia Williamson, KTM – Access to Funding and Finance, Knowledge Transfer Network

11:00 Break & Networking

11:30 Assessing your Application

Sarah Vodden, Head of Pre Award & Service Manager for IFS, Innovate UK

12:00 What makes a Top Quality Proposal

  • Henry Bookey, Senior Researcher, Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics in Glasgow
  • Sabrina Malpede, CEO, ACT Blade Limited

13:00 Lunch & Networking

Session 2

Chair: Patrick McCarthy, Heriot-Watt Energy Academy

13:45 Help with your Application

Pitch Session – Grant Application Service Providers; Mentors and Those with Experience to Share

If you are an organisation or individual that provides of any type of grant application service relevant to UK businesses & researchers (e.g. proposal preparation or review, grant or partner finding, project & consortium management), we would strongly encourage you to submit two slides or a one-pager pitching your services and including your contact details. Whether you are able to attend on the day or not, KTN will make this information available to the event audience and also available for download publically after the event. Please submit your information to [email protected]

14:30 Reaching your Market and Building Partnerships – Support from KTN

Chris Bagley, Head of Infrastructure, Knowledge Transfer Network

15:00 Break & Networking

15:30 Grant Finder and Grant Finding Services

Zoe Wood, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Idox Group

16:00 Panel Q&A

16:30 Close

Parallel Sessions: Two parallel Sessions will run during the afternoon after lunch:

  • Session 3 – Meet the Innovate Programme Managers: 1-2-1 Meetings with Innovate UK Programme Managers and the KTN by appointment throughout the afternoon
  • Session 4 – Your chance to feed back to Innovate on the Application Process – Sarah Vodden, Innovate UK Competitions Manager, seeks your feedback on Innovate UK’s processes
Manipulate 2017: Reception by Puppet Animation Scotland @ Traverse Theatre
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Manipulate 2017: Reception by Puppet Animation Scotland @ Traverse Theatre  | Scotland | United Kingdom

Join manipulate Visual theatre Festival to celebrate ten years of triumphant and boundary pushing visual theatre, puppetry and animation.

We are overjoyed to be welcoming guest speaker Janet Archer, Chief Executive of Creative Scotland, to our reception this year.

As alays there will be refreshments provided. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet many of the performers and teams behind 2017s iteration of the festival.

All guests are thanked with a 10% off code for the incredible A House in Asia which will be presented straight after the reception. Please use code AHIA2017 when booking your tickets to claim this offer.

Ragged University: Happiness Revisited: Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishments by Prof. Ray Miller @ Cabaret Voltaire
Sep 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: Happiness Revisited: Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishments by Prof. Ray Miller @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talks start from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to learn about happiness…


No. 8 in the series “What has Psychology ever done for us?”: Happiness Revisited: Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishments by Professor Ray Miller

A previous talk on Happiness (No. 0 in the series!) concentrated on some of the simple, self-help approaches that can lead to an increase in the sense of personal well-being. Some of that will be reviewed here but the main aim will be to take a closer look at information from psychological research into Positive Psychology. In particular the talk will look at the PERMA model developed as a result of the work of Martin Seligman. It emphasises:

• P – Positive Emotion

• E – Engagement

• R – Relationships

• M – Meaning

• A – Accomplishments



So come along, put your feet up, grab a bite to eat and enjoy learning about the psychology of happiness.  All the events are free and open to everyone.  You are invited to bring an item of food to put on the table to share, but there is no obligation.  You are also invited to take away some of the food at the end of the evening so that nothing goes to waste.

See you there!


Wide Days: Scotland’s Music Convention @ Teviot Row House (Debating Hall)
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm



Featuring some of Scotland’s finest young jazz musicians, the raw enthusiasm of STRATA’S improvised performances centres around a musical framework composed by its founder Graham Costello, a first-class graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with the flair and skill to display percussive leadership from behind the drumkit. A residency at Glasgow’s Bar Bloc has allowed the band to open jazz up to indie/alternative audiences, winning new fans, and they have been rewarded with coveted slots at the Glasgow Jazz Festival and BBC Radio Scotland’s Jazz Nights at the Quay.


There is an impressive maturity and attention to detail in Zoe Graham’s music that sets this accomplished young songwriter apart from her peers. On stage, you will find her either with band or fleshing out the instrumentation with loop pedals on solo outings.

But when Zoe pares it back to just a vocal and acoustic guitar, as she does on the achingly poignant The Anniesland Lights (from her recent Hacket & Knackered EP), that is when you know you’re in the company of someone very special indeed. Championed by Radio Scotland’s Roddy Hart and with multiple Celtic Connections appearances to her name, Zoe Graham’s understated charms will not stay below the radar for much longer.


In the past few years Edwin Organ’s postcode has shifted from Dunfermline to Ayr and on to Glasgow, each move coinciding with his own artistic evolution. Leaving behind his techno/club music origins, we find him pushing the boundaries of leftfield synthpop on debut EP, Missing the T, with scattered beats and melodic foundations pulling the four tracks in unpredictably thrilling directions. It is easy to see why Edwin Organ has attracted invites from T in the Park, Electric Fields and XpoNorth and recorded a session for Vic Galloway’s Radio Scotland show.