Some of the country’s most renowned experts in their fields are based in Glasgow, driving the sector within the region. Our blog platform gives individuals involved with science the opportunity to read and comment upon a diverse and thought-provoking mix of challenge-led opinion pieces Some may be serious, others light-hearted but always topical. The blog is open to contributions from any of our partner organisations who feel there is a subject they’d like to discuss, simply submit your blog post idea here.
Women in STEM: Your point of view – a purposeful study
HR consultant Sara Ferreira-Jeffries shares the story behind Purpose HR's fascinating survey of women in STEM, analyses the findings and highlights the importance of diversity in the workplace.
Grounds to create global change
To mark International Zero Waste Week Scott Kennedy, co-founder of Revive Eco and member of Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, shares how the company stops used coffee grounds going to landfill.
Game of Drones: A Song of Boats and LiDAR
Drones in the sky, drones in the sea, drones on land. Could drones be doing more for you? At Art of Possible: Game of Drones we brought together an audience of creatives, technological innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs to find out…
Glasgow City Region – a new European City Region of InnovationEngineering, Design and Manufacturing
Glasgow City Region is emerging as a new European City Region of Innovation. Kevin Rush, Director of Regional Economic Growth, outlines our three Innovation Districts which are underpinned by City Deal investment from the UK and Scottish governments.
The Scottish Government’s ambitious climate change targets will boost our bioeconomyLow Carbon and Renewables
Ian Archer, technical director at the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, explains why the commitment to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions is good news for the planet and good news for biotechnology.
Artificial intelligence and 3D-printed organs: Art of Possible investigates the future of healthcareHealth and Life Sciences
Thanks to Scottish innovation, the future of healthcare could involve using 3D-printed organs for transplants and monitoring the vital signs of every human being through artificial intelligence. But how do we get there and what progress has been made so far?
Optimisation and Uncertainty Quantification: Two Questions for TeachersEducation and Skills Development
In an expanding world with limited resources and increasing complexity, optimisation and computational intelligence have become a necessity. Teachers are invited to find out more at a CPD workshop with the experts from UTOPIAE.
Forge aheadEducation and Skills Development
On Friday the 28th of September, from 10am to 5pm, Explorathon 2018 will be hosted in the iconic Forge shopping centre in the East End of Glasgow. Drop-in throughout the day for some fun and informative activities themed around the environment, and our health and wellbeing!
Explorathon Extravaganza is back!Education and Skills Development
Explorathon 2018 is set to ignite a passion for research in families and friends across Glasgow for the fifth year running. On the 28th and 29th of September, Glaswegians will have the chance to engage with researchers and their cutting-edge research, in renowned venues all across the city.
Engage with Strathclyde 30th April – 4th MayTourism and Events
The University of Strathclyde’s annual events programme, “Engage with Strathclyde” takes place from April 30th to May 4th 2018. The week-long series of events is an opportunity to showcase our world leading research, and for attendees to find out how they can collaborate and build relationships successfully to benefit their business or organisation.
Tapping all our STEM Talents: An Educators PerspectiveEducation and Skills Development
As the Royal Society of Edinburgh embarks on the first major review of 'Tapping all our Talents', Douglas Morrison explores the role of Scotland's colleges in supporting the development of a diverse and inclusive STEM sector. Douglas is the STEM and Innovation Lead at City of Glasgow College and Director at the Scottish Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange. He is a member of the Review Group for Tapping all our Talents.
Taking social robot research into the wildEngineering, Design and Manufacturing
What happens when you take robotics research out of the lab and into a real life rural setting? What are the human perceptions of a water carrying robotic system? A team from the University of Glasgow and AMMACHI Labs at Amrita University in Kerala, India carried out a feasibility study with funding from Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) and Amrita University, Kerala, India.
Aye Write! assembles another terrific STEAMMS programmeTourism and Events
It's another amazing line-up for Aye Write! this year. Glasgow City of Science and Innovation is proud to be supporting Glasgow's annual book festival, so let's take a look from a STEAMMS-perspective at some of the authors who'll be making an appearance between 15-25 March 2018.
Get exploring with Glasgow's researchersTourism and Events
Experience an incredible night at the Riverside Museum, and amongst the exhibits, explore some of the fascinating research taking place around the city. And schools are getting in on the action too, with researchers taking interactive activities to around 40 Glasgow schools for Explorathon!
Researching the places that are dear to usTourism and Events
Under the spotlight on the blog this week for Explorathon Glasgow 2017 - Uncover the origins of Scottish place names you thought you knew and learn about the history of the Kingdom of Strathclyde in the UK premier of the award-winning film, 'Govan Young'.
Glasgow vacancy alert for a Graduate eLearning DeveloperEducation and Skills Development
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a graduate eLearning developer, through our partner, Enigma People Solutions. How do you fancy working with one of the UK’s fastest growing and most creative digital learning companies?
What will be your Image of Research for 2017?Tourism and Events
The University of Strathclyde’s annual competition, Images of Research, recently launched this year’s exhibition with a week-long residency at Engage with Strathclyde – the University’s flagship public engagement event – and was warmly received by the public. The seven category winners have been announced and now it’s over to you to vote for the overall winner.
Storage Vault unlocks the secret of online brandingCreative Industries
Mirroring your physical brand online can be a challenge for many businesses. Fraser Sutherland, Property and Marketing Manager for Storage Vault, reviews the firm’s digital development and offers advice about commissioning an agency.
Glasgow’s academic sector chalks up more successCreative Industries
The academic institutions around Glasgow continue to build upon their well-earned reputation of growing and nurturing the city's thirst for innovation and creativity. In this round-up of recent news, we pick out some of the developments from the sector locally that will help ensure internationally-recognised excellence for years to come.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) in Medtech DevelopmentEngineering, Design and Manufacturing
The University of Strathclyde has an enviable record of experience in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). During Engage with Strathclyde Week in early May 2017, there's a suite of events with a focus on biomedical engineering project successes and how your company can benefit from their know-how.
Mining, Tourism and Settlements in Outer SpaceTourism and Events
Who owns the Moon? On 2 May, Dr Saskia Vermeylen will give an enlightening talk as part of Engage with Strathclyde week where you can learn more about the legal wrangling that's likely to take place as humans continue to venture into outer space.
Data, Data EverywhereEngineering, Design and Manufacturing
As part of the Engage with Strathclyde Week, organisations across all sectors can get insight and support from a SMART consultancy unit based at the University's Department of Statistics and Mathematics to help approach the data challenges faced in their business and solve real world problems.
Focus is on Glasgow as top film locationCreative Industries
Filmmakers are choosing Glasgow more and more frequently for their productions, big and small. The city's variety & versatility of locations, coupled with a strong desire and support mechanisms for developing the creative industries in the region have helped our reputation grow in this competitive arena. Jennifer Reynolds, Film Commissioner at Glasgow Film Office tells us more...
Partnering approach is paying dividends for Glasgow businessesCreative Industries
Perceptions of the digital industry as an insular environment are wide of the mark. Will Craig, founder and managing director of Glasgow-based marketing and design agency, Digital Impact, explains how collaboration with a range of agencies has benefitted his business.
Why your business should consider tapping into the sound of the crowdCreative Industries
In today’s competitive business environment, the ability to access finance via crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular route for companies. Tim Wright, Director of twintangibles explains why tapping into ‘crowd assets’ has become an essential skill for many businesses.
How mentors are boosting Scotland’s competitive edgeCreative Industries
Scotland’s creative sector is already a major contributor to the country’s economy. But, as Marie Dorris of Scottish Enterprise’s Workplace Innovation Team explains, the Business Mentoring service offers our growth companies the opportunity to reinforce the country’s global profile.
Film City’s energetic approach to green issuesCreative Industries
Film City Glasgow is the heart and soul of Scotland’s film and television industry. Based at Govan Town Hall, it includes production office space, studio/build space, workshop areas, rehearsal/meeting rooms and a café, and is home to more than 25 permanent tenants from the screen and wider creative industries.
Interface - taking the creative approach to R&DCreative Industries
Might specialist facilities, technologies or a collaborative R&D project help you grow your business? Heather Alexander from Interface explains how to find out about the specialist facilities and technologies to help your business grow.
Get involved with The Social Mobility FoundationEducation and Skills Development
Find out about a charity that supports improving social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds and how STEM professionals can get involved in supporting as mentors or with opportunities to develop confidence and skills.
Catch Pokémon on a University tour or a seat at research cinema for Explorathon GLASGOWTourism and Events
This Friday Scotland will join with Europe in a celebration of research! In Scotland we celebrate this through Explorathon, a 24 hour festival of curiosity. Each week City of Science has been going behind the scenes giving you a peek at what is coming up. This week we’ll be looking at the Research Cinema and Pokémon Go tour, both happening this Friday the 30th of September.
Paragon Play ONTourism and Events
Play ON is an inclusive youth music project for children and young people aged 6-20 years old. The project was set up in May 2013, in response to a University of Strathclyde research publication, “Who Gets to Play?”, which highlighted the inequality of opportunities for young people with additional support needs to access musical activities in Scotland.
Explorathon Glasgow - a day of vibrant research awaitsTourism and Events
With just over three weeks until Glasgow celebrates Explorathon - European Researchers’ Night on Friday 30th September, we’re highlighting some of the exciting events going on across the city. Get hands-on with research and interact with researchers from the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow.
Uncovering The Hunterian at Explorathon GlasgowTourism and Events
On Friday the 30th of September Glasgow will be part of a continent wide celebration: European Researchers’ Night. In Glasgow we celebrate this night with Explorathon offering a host of activities to get you up close and hands on with cutting edge research. With just four weeks to go we’re giving you a sneak peek at the events. This week we’re looking at The Hunterian Uncovered (Friday 30th September, 12.30-4.30pm).
PATHway – Technology enabled behavioural change as a pathway towards better self-management of CVDHealth and Life Sciences
A European project involving researchers from the University of Glasgow's Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment (HEHTA) group is pioneering a novel approach towards better self-management of Cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of premature death worldwide.
Explorathon Glasgow unlocks Kelvingrove and the RiversideTourism and Events
With five weeks to go until Explorathon – Scotland’s European Researchers’ Night, we are highlighting researchers and what they have planned. This week we take a closer look at activities taking place at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Friday 30th September (11am – 4pm) and The Riverside Museum on Saturday 1st October (11am – 4pm).
Explorathon GLASGOW – Six Week CountdownTourism and Events
With Explorathon just six weeks away, we take a first look at two activities being organised by researchers for the programme: a Coffee House Lecture and a science 'takeover' of The Forge Shopping Centre to inspire the next generation of Scottish scientists.
Register NOW for Venturefest Scotland 2016Creative Industries
Venturefest Scotland is an annual, business innovation event for ambitious Scottish SMEs, entrepreneurs, investors, academics and innovators designed to inspire, inform and connect. Last year 612 delegates attended; this year 1,000 are expected.
What can Masters students do for you?Education and Skills Development
In the run up to the Engage with Strathclyde week, Anna Selwood, a Careers Adviser at University of Strathclyde Careers Service, writes for Glasgow City of Science on the fantastic opportunities for businesses in making the most of Masters students.
Strathclyde Student Chapter of SIAM Annual MeetingEngineering, Design and Manufacturing
Maths might be hard to grips with, but its application in industry brings huge benefits that touch all our lives. An event on 3rd May at the University of Strathclyde will showcase some of these vital applications.
Body Image and Eating Disorders – Planning Future Research to Combat Current ChallengesHealth and Life Sciences
Writing for Glasgow City of Science in the run up to Engage with Strathclyde week, Dr Petya Eckler highlights research on body image and eating disorders that will be discussed at an event, 'Body Image and Eating Disorders: Future Research Priorities'.
Showcasing Projects with IndustryLow Carbon and Renewables
A poster presentation and networking event at Engage with Strathclyde will demonstrate the benefits of collaboration between industry and students. Some 40 projects will be on show including SME carbon audits, treatment of land contamination, environmental management, Green Network Strategy and hydrogeology projects overseas.
Promoting STEM Equality at City of Glasgow CollegeEducation and Skills Development
Taking positive action to promote gender equality in STEM, Douglas Morrison from City of Glasgow College writes about the successful approach taken with support of their partners to increase female participation in the college's engineering programme.
Kilmarnock born CERN scientist recalls her 'inspiring teacher'Education and Skills Development
Can you remember the name of the teacher who had the biggest impact on the career path you chose? For one Kilmarnock born CERN scientist, Dr Victoria Martin, it was her forward-thinking physics teacher, Mr Samson.
Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Awards - Part 6Education and Skills Development
Find out the latest from the Strathclyde University team about the Shopping Trolley for the Elderly, in ‘Making It – Part 2’ as they show us classical engineering processes; sketching, teamwork, prototype and model making, investigating and problem solving.
Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Awards - Part 5Education and Skills Development
The Strathclyde University Prototype team are starting to get busy… in the fifth vlog they tell us about making prototypes and show us techniques, tools and devices they will be using to build the 2015 winning design.
The Genetics of Gregor Mendel: A Game of Seeds!Health and Life Sciences
It wasn't that long ago that the notion of inheritance of characteristics through genes was somewhat fanciful. As Kirsty Martin explains, one green-fingered scientist's work in particular cultivated the bloom in genetics we see around us today.
Stem Cells and Social Media – The Future for the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Cell EngineeringEngineering, Design and Manufacturing
Writing for Glasgow City of Science, Paula Sweeten, PhD Student & Social Media Strategist tells us why and how The Centre for Cell Engineering decided to embrace social media platforms to take the impact of their work in the lab to the outside world.
Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Awards - Part 4Education and Skills Development
If you could be an engineer in Scotland – what would you do? Join the thousands of children already registered for this exciting free competition! In part 4 of this series of vlogs, student engineers take on the design of a 'Trolley for the Elderly'.