Scotland Policy Conferences

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +044 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.

Research and innovation in Scotland post-2020: strengthening collaboration, attracting talent and addressing funding issues after Brexit

October 2019

Delegates examined government policy for supporting sectors involved in R&I - including the implementation of The Scottish Government’s Economic Action Plan.

Delegates looked at the way forward for developing a successful R&I sector, including developing further collaboration between universities, Innovation Centres and businesses - and supporting the priority sectors for the Scottish economy.

There was assessment of funding for university research and innovation and Scottish Funding Council’s review of the University Innovation Fund (UIF), as well as progress in the delivery of the UIF approach.

There was also a wider discussion on the future for external funding, particularly after Brexit and with uncertainty surrounding the UK’s future access to funding from Horizon Europe, the European Commission’s replacement for Horizon 2020. This included discussion on Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s work for the UK Government on future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation, and the UKRI Delivery Plans for 2019-2020.

Further sessions discussed how research collaboration links can continue to be maintained with Europe. Finally, delegates examined how to promote excellence in research, with focus on how best to train and develop researchers and academics.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Scotland Policy Conferences seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates