International Coffee Break @ SULSA

Driving the establishment of new international collaborations between Scotland and Europe via short informal online conversations

New Connections

Establishing new international connections between Scotland-France and Scotland-Germany

Interdisciplinary Conversations

Facilitating short, informal online conversations between researchers of various disciplines and levels

Focused Topics

Using climate change and Pillar II clusters as an umbrella for available topics of discussion


International Coffee Break @ SULSA will take a break during January. Connections we resume in February 2022 – please keep an eye out for our new topics! You are still welcome to register now.

Aim of Scheme

The aim of this scheme is to drive the establishment of new international collaborations between Scotland and Europe. Initially, this pilot will focus on driving connectivity between Scotland and two key bilateral partners for the Scottish Government, France and Germany.

This pilot has a Life Sciences focus, however, the scheme is not exclusive to life scientists and is open to other discipline networks.

How it Works

Researchers from across Scotland, France and Germany will be matched with one other researcher for an informal 1:1 15 minute ‘coffee break’ conducted over Zoom.

The researchers will be matched based on their selected topic and their location. We will not match researchers based on career level or discipline. Coffee Breaks will then occur between two researchers, either Scotland-Germany or Scotland-France, who are interested in the same topic.

The Process:

  • Researchers will complete SULSA’s short form stating their area of interest and location
  • SULSA will contact researchers once a match has been made and create a Doodle poll for both parties to complete their availability for around 10 days later
  • A 15-minute Zoom call will be set up by SULSA (participants are welcome to speak for longer if they wish)
  • A short feedback form will be sent to the participating researchers
Available Topics
  1. Circular Economy
  2. Soil health and Food/Nutrition security
  3. Biodiversity and natural resource sustainability
  4. Bio-based innovation and solutions

The above topics are a hybrid of expertise within Scotland, France and Germany using climate change as an umbrella whilst also being relevant Pillar II clusters. 

Sign Up Now

To take part in this scheme and sign up for a conversation, please complete our short registration form

For any enquiries regarding this scheme please contact SULSA’s Senior Operations Officer

Circular Economy

Soil Health and Food/Nutrition Security

Biodiversity and Natural Resource Sustainability

Bio-based Innovation and Solutions

Are you a Scottish-based researcher and want to expand your interdisciplinary network in Scotland? Then check out The Coffee Break @ RIS which connects researchers with other disciplines from across the RIS Research Pools and Innovation Centres