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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
Brian Catling: The Erstwhile @ Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh
Mar 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Brian Catling: The Erstwhile @ Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

Blackwell’s Bookshop is extremely excited to welcome Brian Catling, who will be in store to chat about his forthcoming book The Erstwhile, the second in The Vorrh series.

Brian will be in conversation with literary critic and fellow writer Stuart Kelly.

About the Book

In London and Germany, strange beings are reanimating themselves. They are the Erstwhile, the angels that failed to protect the Tree of Knowledge, and their reawakening will have major consequences.

In Africa, the colonial town of Essenwald has fallen into disarray because the timber workforce has disappeared into the Vorrh. Now a team of specialists are dispatched to find them. Led by Ishmael, the former cyclops, they enter the forest, but the Vorrh will not give them back so easily.

To make matters worse, an ancient guardian of the forest has plans for Ishmael and his crew. Meanwhile a child of mixed race has been found abandoned in a remote cottage. Her origins are unknown, but she has powers beyond her own understanding. Conflict is coming, as the old and new, human and inhuman are set on a collision course.

Once again blending the real and the imagined, The Erstwhile brings historical figures such as William Blake and places such as the Bedlam Asylum, as well as ingenious creations such as The Kin (a family of robots) together to create unforgettable novel of births and burials, excavations and disappearances.

About the Author

Brian Catling RA is an English sculptor, poet, novelist, film maker and performance artist. He was educated at North East London Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. He now holds the post of Professor of Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford and is a fellow of Linacre College.He has been exhibiting his work internationally since the 1970s. In 2001 he co founded the international performance collective WitW. He has published poetic works, including one compendium, A Court of Miracles, in 2009. His first prose book Bobby Awl was published in 2007. Currently he is writing novels and has just completed The Vorrh trilogy.

For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can’t make it to the event, please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or [email protected]

The Shrub’s Community Gathering @ Methodist Church Hall
Mar 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Shrub's Community Gathering @ Methodist Church Hall | Scotland | United Kingdom

Join the Shrub for an afternoon of food, live music, activities and discussions on how we can work together as a community to develop a vision for a Zero Waste Town in central Edinburgh!

The Shrub has been awarded funding from Zero Waste Scotland to test out some really exciting ideas that could transform our community and help us achieve our vision of a world without waste.

If the testing of our ideas is successful, we could receive £100,000 per year for the next three years. That funding will allow us to make South Central Edinburgh into a “Zero Waste Town” where waste is a valuable resource and is used and reused in innovative ways to reduce how much is landfilled.

To do this, we need your help! We want to make sure our ideas for a Zero Waste Town meet the needs of the local community.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be going door to door asking local residents for their views.

We’re then inviting people from across the local community to come together at our big community gathering on Wednesday 29th March at the Methodist Church at 25 Nicolson Square to share our vision and research findings, and work together to create a zero waste community.

The event is free to attend, but tickets are limited due to venue capacity. Early registration is advised.

1 to 1.45pm – WELCOME & SHOWCASE

A light lunch of soup and bread from Food Sharing
Recycled musical instruments performance by Federico De Bord
Upcycling and bike repair activity stalls

1.45 – 2pm – PRESENTATION

We will be presenting an overview of the Zero Waste Town project. Following in the footsteps of Dunbar and the Isle of Bute, our vision is to work together to create a Zero Waste Town in central Edinburgh. We will also be presenting the results from the community survey we have carried out to support our feasibility study for Zero Waste Scotland and sharing interesting insights from this.

2 – 3.45pm – WORKSHOPS

Further details and registration information will be sent out prior to the event. There will be four workshops run on the topics of:
– Community Engagement: Creating networks of zero waste ambassadors
– Matter Moments: The circular economy
– The Future of Food Sharing
– Innovative enterprise: Membership growth & development

3.45 – 5pm – FEEDBACK & NEXT STEPS

We will be gathering feedback from the workshops and sharing with everyone, before a final activity to end an eventful afternoon!

Ragged University: ‘Multilingualism As An Investment’ plus ‘The Philosophy of Daoism’ @ Cabaret Voltaire
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: 'Multilingualism As An Investment' plus 'The Philosophy of Daoism' @ 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 the philosophy of Daoism


Multilingualism; An Investment For A Better Society by Prof Antonella Sorace

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Bilingualism/multilingualism is a research field focused on learning more than one language over the lifespan and its effects on brains and behavior. I am a professor of developmental linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. I’m the founding director of the research and information centre Bilingualism Matters, which makes research results available to different sectors of society and has 17 branches all over Europe and the US.


Then there is a break when we get the chance to eat something, have a drink and a chat.  Everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table, and help take away the food at the end so that nothing goes to waste.


Daoism; How The World Works And How To Live In It by Jan Conway

Daoism is one of the oldest philosophies there is. It was written down in only five thousand Chinese characters by a respected teacher called Laozi (604-531 BCE) before he travelled to the West. Because the language it is written in is so ancient, scholars have made many different translations. There are a few books in English but they are rather difficult.I have been teaching Chinese culture for fifty years and trying to practise Daoism all that time. As the years have gone by I find it easier and easier to understand, and in recent years new discoveries in geology and astronomy hae confirmed everything that Laozi taught.


Ragged University: ‘The Art of Not-Knowing’ – plus – ‘Medical Imaging Physics’
Nov 27 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged University: 'The Art of Not-Knowing' - plus - 'Medical Imaging Physics'

Come along to St John’s Church Community Hall (Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ), doors open at 6.30pm and the talks start from 7pm. Come along for two talks, a chance to socialise and a bite to eat.  The two talks are ‘The Art of Not-Knowing’ by James Clegg – plus – ‘Medical Imaging Physics; Seeing Beyond the Skin’ by Tommy McMullan.  All are welcome….

The Art of Not-Knowing by James Clegg

I would like to talk about how it is okay not to know what you feel about an artwork or even contemporary art in general. That it isn’t your problem or failure if you don’t ‘get it’. BUT, how feeling uncertain can be the start of a really interesting set of questions and the beginning of you genuinely finding your creative self. ‘Getting it’ might turn out not to be such a good thing after all!

In order to make a convincing case I will need to draw from a broad set of reference points. So, more formally, I would like to talk about: How contemporary art practice is driven by a process of discovery, a not-knowing relationship to materiality that delights in the unexpected coming-together of disparate ideas.

Some of the roots of contemporary art practice, particularly those that emphasise experience, a transient not-knowing that is distinct from structural thinking. A not-knowing set of concepts drawn from thinkers like Giles Deleuze, Karen Barad, Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, Donna Haraway and Jacques Rancière. AND, how you might defend not-knowing (as a life-affirming position that enables a much richer understanding of the world) against a context in which it is often being politically, economically and culturally undermined.

All events are free and open to everyone but people who do come along are warmly invited to bring an item of food along to put on the table and take it away at the end.

Medical Imaging Physics; Seeing Beyond the Skin by Tommy McMullan

With advances in technology, doctors no longer need to perform surgery to see inside the human body. Today we have imaging technology which provides a safe, non-invasive way of seeing complex anatomy and physiological function. The imaging technologies can be split into two groups, which are characterised by the type of radiation used – ionising or non-ionising.

The modalities that use ionising radiation are X-ray, computed tomography (CT), and Nuclear Medicine. And the modalities that use non-ionising radiation are magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound. Each modality is suited to different clinical situations, and knowledge of each is crucial to ensure proper diagnosis and patient care.

During my talk I will introduce the listener to the basic principles behind each of the imaging techniques mentioned. The talk will be presented with minimal technical jargon and will be illustrated throughout using images to tell the story.