SPAN Academic Research Showcase

Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to 2021 (date tbc) We're sorry for any inconvenience.

About the Showcase

The Scottish Parliament Academia Network (SPAN) aims to formalise, coordinate and encourage knowledge exchange between the Scottish Parliament and academia via a network of knowledge exchange/brokering professionals in Higher Education institutions based in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) and Scotland’s Futures Forum (the Parliament’s Think Tank) manage the network, in partnership with the Beltane Public Engagement Network and the Scottish Universities Insight Institute.

SPAN will be hosting our inaugural Academic Research Showcase from 6-8pm at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 23 September to enable academics, universities and research institutes to showcase cutting edge research and explore new connections with Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) as well as SPICe Researchers, Committee Clerks and other key parliamentary staff.

In the run up to COP26 – the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which is taking place in Glasgow,  this year’s theme is the Climate and Ecological Crisis

The event will feature:

  • short keynote speeches
  • a series of stalls, arranged by research area,  and staffed by the relevant academics and knowledge exchange professionals – we understand that many projects are collaborations between universities and/or research institutes, joint applications are welcome
  • the opportunity to share research more informally at the event through conversation and networking with MSPs, their staff and staff of the Parliament
  • the opportunity to learn more about the workings of Parliament, and how research can be fed into Parliamentary processes more generally. 

This year’s Showcase builds on the SPICe Seminar Series already running in Parliament, which was the subject of a previous call for expressions of interest.  Those who applied to present at the Seminar Series are welcome to apply to showcase research at this event. 

How to get involved

We will be advertising a second call in June

We are seeking expressions of interest from academics who would like to showcase their research at the event.  We are particularly interested in solutions focused work, with applicability in Scotland, and innovative and interactive knowledge exchange in the following topics:

  • Finance and budgeting solutions 
  • Land management for people, nature and climate
  • Planning, and delivery of green infrastructure
  • Behaviour change and community leadership
  • The journey to net-zero transport 
  • Decarbonising our food system
  • Decarbonising heat
  • Circular economy
  • Post-EU exit environmental governance

If you have any questions, please contact SPICe academic engagement 

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