Research Day 2018

All the information about Research Day 2018 on April, 24th 2018.


9:20 –  9:30 Welcome and Introduction
9:30  – 10:45

Data-driven Innovation Session

9:30 - 9:45

The City Deal - Dave Robertson

9:45 - 9:55

Data-driven Innovation - Kevin Collins

9:55 - 10:00

The Bayes Institute - Michael Rovatsos (by video)

Bayes - Intro video

10:00 - 10:15

The Edinburgh Futures Institute - Patricia Erskine

10:15 – 10:30

The Usher Institute - Cathie Sudlow

10:30 – 10:40

The Edinburgh Living Lab - Cat Magill and James Stewart

10:40 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:15 Coffee
11:15 – 12:00

Three Minute Thesis and Three Minute Research presentations

12:00 – 12:30

Research news and overview of the funding landscape

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 13:45

REF2021 - Jonathan Seckl

13:45 – 15:15 Breakout sessions - 2 x 45 minutes
15:15 – 15:30


Topics for break-out sessions

(People attend two 45 minute sessions)

REF 100 word preparation workshop (Steve Renals)

  • The university is running a mock REF exercise over the next 2-3 months which will involve us identifying the outputs (papers) and impact case studies that we would submit to REF.  For REF-2020, outputs need to have been accepted for publication between 2014-2020.  In addition to submitting the bibliographic information to REF, each submitted paper is supported by a 100-word statement explaining the originality, significance, and rigour of the paper.  These 100-word statements are important in helping the panel understand the quality of submitted papers.  In this workshop we'll discuss the factors around determining the best papers to submit to REF, and work on writing the 100-word statements.

REF Impact case study preparation workshop  (John McAleese and Keith Edwards)

  • More information to follow

XDF/IGMM ideas sandpit  (Guido Sanguinetti)

  • The MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) is a world leading centre of research in biomedical sciences, with a substantial focus in quantitative biology. As part of the IGMM renewal in 2017, SoI and IGMM partnered to lead on a new exciting initiative of post-doctoral training. The Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships scheme ( will recruit two intakes of four PhD-level quantitative scientists, and offer joint supervision between SoI and IGMM PIs to turn them into independent researchers at the CS-Life Sciences interface. During this break-out session, we will welcome some researchers from IGMM and explore how the fellowships scheme can further opportunities for SoI-IGMM collaboration.

Living Lab workshop (Cat Magill and James Stewart)

  • Edinburgh Living Lab designs and develops collaborative projects that support data-driven innovation and citizen engagement to address civic challenges and improve public services. In this session we will look at a specific challenge in the city (possible areas of focus include mobility, health and well-being, biodiversity, green spaces, and air quality) and run through a rapid data- and design-thinking process to look at how knowledge and skills in Informatics could offer new solutions and ideas for the challenge.

ISCF workshop  + Working with Industry (Caroline Woodside)

Strategic areas for future SoI appointments (Johanna Moore)

  • More information to follow

Building your career as a UK academic (Mike O’Boyle)

  • This session will explore  and discuss the key milestones needed at each stage of an academic career and - how to get to where you want to go.

Interviewing for a fellowship (Mike O’Boyle)

  • Funding agencies increasingly use interviews for selection. This session will discuss ideas on how to best prepare for the big day.