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Midlothian Welcomes UKSPA

Midlothian Welcomes UKSPA


The newly created Midlothian Science Zone, on the southern edge of Edinburgh, is ready to welcome delegates from over 100 innovation locations for UKSPA’s October Conference.

UKSPA (United Kingdom Science Park Association) is a membership organisation representing science parks and other innovative environments, throughout the UK, that facilitate the development and management of innovative, high growth, knowledge-based organisations, driving forward the UK’s economic growth.

Conference sessions and study tours will be hosted at The Roslin Institute on the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus, a centre of excellence with the largest concentration of animal-science related expertise in Europe, together with the Moredun Research Institute, a centre of excellence in veterinary science on Pentlands Science Park.

The theme of the Conference will reflect the four key areas prioritised by Scottish Government and consider the wider context for Innovation, Investment, Inclusive Growth and Internationalisation covering:

• Scottish perspective on science parks and innovation

• New building design and regional re-branding

• Knowledge infrastructure: connecting research to business

• Business investment and entrepreneurship


• Local investors and successful local growth companies

• International connectivity

• Local science with international impact

An exciting programme will be supported by inspiring and motivating speakers, featuring Tom Ogilvy, Research and Innovation at the University of Edinburgh; Julie Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and CEO

of the Moredun Foundation; and David Hume, Director of The Roslin Institute and Research Director of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.


Of course, no conference is complete without an opportunity for networking. Hospitality will be delivered in a traditional Scottish style at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel for delegates to engage, network, learn and enjoy!


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