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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
Artists’ books workshop with artist Susie Wilson @ George Washington Brown Room
Feb 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Artists' books workshop with artist Susie Wilson @ George Washington Brown Room | Scotland | United Kingdom

Create a pocket book with our artists’ books workshop led by artist Susie Wilson.

Working with postcards, re-cycled papers and ephemera, learn to make a book which has secret pockets for keepsakes and pages that pull out.

This two and a half hour workshop will use artists’ books from the Art & Design Library collection as inspiration and will introduce ways to combine content and structure to create a unique book. This event is suitable for beginners and no previous experience is necessary.

Susie Wilson graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1992 with a BA (Hons) degree and Postgraduate in Drawing and Printmaking. She has exhibited widely with work held in various collections. Susie is an experienced tutor leading many classes in creating artists’ books and printmaking. Find more information on Susie Wilson.

Edinburgh Medical School: Let’s talk about health: Breast cancer; the advent of personalised medicine @ Queen's Medical Research Institute
Feb 15 @ 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Edinburgh Medical School: Let’s talk about health: Breast cancer; the advent of personalised medicine @ Queen's Medical Research Institute | Scotland | United Kingdom

“Let’s Talk About Health” is all about advancing our knowledge of health and what goes wrong in disease. Join us to hear about new research in our University that is increasing our understanding of diseases and providing new advances in treatment. Guests will be able to talk to our young scientists about their research, and S4 and S5 pupils will have an opportunity to tour our labs before the talks. We look forward to seeing you there!

Professor Karen Chapman

University/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science

Most people associate breast cancer with women. However, men can also be affected. Currently, 1 in 8 women in the UK will be affected by breast cancer during their lifetime. Huge steps have been made in understanding some of the complexities underpinning this disease and developing increasingly effective treatment strategies. This started here in Scotland, with Beatson’s discovery that in some women, removal of the ovaries can shrink tumours. Join us to hear about some of the key advances that have led to over 85% of women now living more than 5 years after diagnosis of breast cancer. We will explore exciting research aimed at developing new treatment strategies, that are personalised to the individual patient’s cancer, to maximise treatment effectiveness and limit unpleasant side-effects.


Dr Helen Creedon, and Professor Val Brunton, Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, The University of Edinburgh

Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.

Refreshments available after event.

Photography & filming

This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University or University approved third parties.

For any further information contact the organiser, Karen Chapman [email protected]

Ragged University: ‘The Importance of Being Smelly’ plus ‘Improvised Fiction Meets Research’ @ Cabaret Voltaire
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: 'The Importance of Being Smelly' plus 'Improvised Fiction Meets Research' @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along and put your feet up at Ragged University, a free education project where everyone is welcome and we socialise around learning… It is informal and there is a bite to eat, you are also welcome to bring some food to share if you want.


The Importance of Being Smelly by Mairi MacLeod

You might not think your sense of smell is particularly essential, but research is showing that we give and receive all sorts of important signals through the olfactory channel and scientists have dubbed humans “the scented ape”. We glean information on each others’ age, gender, emotions and even personality through our noses, but perhaps the most important function of our sense of smell is that of mate choice.In this talk, I’ll explain why liking your partner’s natural smell is vital for relationship satisfaction, sexual attraction and fidelity, fertility and our children’s health. I’ll also reveal the rather surprising effects of perfume and of “the pill” on the biological signals we give out and receive via smelliness.



There will be some food provided, and everyone is invited to put some food on the table to share if they like – there is no obligation.  During the break there is a chance to eat, have a drink and socialise


Improvised Fiction meets research: Creative and pioneering ethnographic filmmaker Jean Rouch’s lasting legacy by John Morrison

The genesis of the Ethnofiction genre can be attributed to the creative praxis (theory in action) of pioneering French anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch, they can be identified by today’s definitions as hybrids of ethnographic documentary and fictional film genres.

During the 1950s, while working as an ethnologist for the French state in West Africa, Rouch asked the participants of his studies to respond to a subject inspired by aspects of their real-life experiences and act them out in front of the camera as fictional improvisations. This participatory and playful approach to visual ethnography was later dubbed by critics ‘Ethnofiction’.



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Ragged University: The Philosophy of Mutual Recognition by Richard Gunn @ Cabaret Voltaire
May 31 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: The Philosophy of Mutual Recognition by Richard Gunn @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to discuss the philosophy of mutual recognition…

The Philosophy of Mutual Recognition by Richard Gunn

Presented in a quite detailed fashion will be the significance of ‘recognition’ as a theme in the writings of G.W.F. Hegel and Karl Marx. When I talk to Ragged on Thursday 31 May 2018, I do not attempt to dwell on textual details alone but develop a discussion and dialogue around the text I present.

Such an attempt would run the risk of being dry as dust. The written version dwells on textual detail as background to get this part of my remarks out of the way. My main aim when I am talking is to give my audience a sense of why ‘mutual recognition’ is an important term for me. With luck, the textual focus in my written version frees me up to emphasise more personal and substantive points.



The events are all informal and you can come and go as you please.  There is some food provided and you are warmly welcomed to bring along an item of food to put on the table to share, and help take away some at the end.




Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Workshop @ Wellcome Auditorium,
Jun 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Workshop @ Wellcome Auditorium,

Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Workshop

Ragged University: ‘Civil War; Ranters, Quakers and Revolution’ plus ‘Loneliness and Social Isolation’ @ St John’s Church Hall
Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Ragged University: 'Civil War; Ranters, Quakers and Revolution' plus 'Loneliness and Social Isolation' @ St John’s Church Hall

Come along to the St John’s Church Hall (Princes St, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ) at 5.30pm for two talks, a bite to eat and some company. Join this friendly and informal gathering to discuss topics with food in good company. It is entirely free and open to everyone

Civil War; Ranters, Quakers and Revolution by Richard Gunn

My aim is to share with you the riches of a historical period. In the mid seventeenth century, Britain was plunged in a revolution. In the course of the revolution, ‘church courts and the censorship broke down. The result was an upsurge of popular and radical thinking – much of it thinking of an apocalyptic kind. (The term ‘apocalyptic’ is one which I shall explain but, in this note, I pass over it in silence.) Not the least important feature of the uncensored period of the civil war period is its impact on generations of subsequent radical thought.

Frequently, commentators on radicalism look back only to the early decades of the twentieth century, when Lenin and Luxemburg debated what was termed the ‘problem of organisation’. It is assumed that, beyond Lenin and Luxemburg, only nineteenth-century social democracy was worth considering. My proposal is that such a view of radicalism’s sources is too narrow.

The talk will be exploring the history of mid 17th century, Britain during a time of revolution, commentators of radicalism and the origins of radical and grassroots thought Ranters and Quakers.  There is an accompanying essay as a handout which gives people a deeper insight.



During the break there will be a chance to have some food and conversation.  You are invited to bring along an item of food to put on the table to share and help take it away at the end so that nothing goes to waste.  It is a bring your own bottle event.


Loneliness and Social Isolation by Alex Dunedin

There has been a great increase in the attention which has been paid to loneliness in the last few years.  Lots of research and charities has been formed around studying this social phenomenon as it badly impacts people’s health and wellbeing.  Lots of different factors seem to be involved in creating social isolation in the United Kingdom as the means for people being able to socialise and create social connections are becoming sparse.

The social and economic landscape of the UK has suffered from various kinds of fragmentation and this is now being seen in increases in the mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction, a spike and rise in deaths due to overdose.  If we look at the rises in these problems their increase seems to be connected with the austerity policies, the rise in the costs of living, and the diminishment of social spaces available to people.

There is a parallel in behaviour and health when we look at what happens with animals that are kept in captivity.  The impact on cognitive function and the development of the brain is striking when we compare wild animals to domestic ones.  The development of stress behaviours and stress related illnesses is well known and understood in the context of keeping animals in zoos and aquariums; put simply, if they do not have the space and features of the environment which allow them to express their natural behaviours then they become ill and suffer behavioural problems.