Collaborative Projects

SULSA works across disciplines and sectors in multiple Collaborative Projects. By working together as part of a larger consortia we are able to intensify our input toward the UK National agenda and benefit society across the UK and on the international scale.

Learn more about how these projects contribute to our strategic aims, listed below.





research & collaboration


International Coffee Break @ SULSA

Researchers in Scotland, France and Germany are invited to take part in short, informal online coffee breaks, facilitated by SULSA to help drive the establishment of new international collaborations between Scotland and Europe.

This pilot is using climate change and Pillar II clusters as an umbrella for available topics of discussion.

Date: Ongoing

Target Audience: open to researchers from all disciplines 


Scottish Research Futures Workshop Series

A challenge-focused workshop series, organised by Research Innovation Scotland in collaboration with KTN, that aims to take a closer look at key challenge areas and understand how collaborative research and innovation can contribute to overcoming them in Scotland’s mission to build back better.

Learn more below about the SULSA Health and Wellbeing Theme within this series.



Research and Innovation Scotland

Research innovation Scotland is a Research Pool-led initiative which aims to showcase the wide range of activities happening across the Scottish R&I landscape; alert and educate academics, research students and businesses on opportunities for collaboration and ignite new cross-sector partnerships that drive economic and social change. This resource has been a highly collaborative effort across the Research Pools, Innovation Centres and Interface and continues to be developed since its launch in September 2020. SULSA’s Executive Director, Ali Dun, is the coordinator of this initiative and our Operations Officer, Jill Inkster, has designed and maintains the website.

To find out what is happening across the research and innovation landscape or to have your organisation’s activities listed please visit the website.



Natural Products in the Bioeconomy

SULSA embarked on a collaborative project, around Natural Products, with ScotCHEM and IBioIC in 2019. Natural Products covers a diverse spectrum of topics including; drug discovery and AMR and biomass in aqua and agriculture, to name a few. From this initial collaboration, the Scottish Natural Products Network (SNaPNet) was launched in February 2021. SNaPNet are hosting two workshops this year within the KTN-supported IBioIC UK Bioeconomy Cluster Builder, the first took place in May 2021 and covered Industrial Applications of Biomass and Processing By-Products.



Scottish Microscopy Society Database

SULSA is supporting the Scottish Microscopy Society to create a new database for microscopy facilities in Scotland, to work beyond barriers and encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary research. SULSA has provided funding to support our exceptional facilities, their staff and the researchers that use them. Learn more about the funded projects. The facilities database is now live for you to find out where you can openly access state-of-the-art microscopy and expertise.

Contact: Scottish Microscopy

talent & culture


Breaking Barriers in STEM

SULSA is committed to supporting positive change in our Research Culture, to create a more inclusive and diverse environment in STEM. In October 2020 SULSA ran Through the Looking Glass: Breaking Barriers in STEM: An action-orientated event to explore where inclusion and diversity in STEM can improve and identify actions to take forward for change. This event marked the launch of a longer-term cross-Pool project, which carries on this work.

You can read the full event report on our SULSA Reports page.



Graduate Employability Masterclasses

This cross-University scheme aims to raise the number of ‘industry ready’ graduates and encourage more young people to choose a career in the Life Sciences sector. The scheme was developed by the Glasgow Economic Leadership (GEL) and Skills Development Scotland, as part of the Life and Chemical Sciences Skills Investment Plan. SULSA, along with ScotCHEM, joined the organising committee in June 2020 and has increased the number of Universities delivering the courses and integrated the Scottish Innovation Centres into the curriculum. Courses were delivered in early 2021 during Semester 2.

The 2021 Graduate Employability Masterclasses have been commended as invaluable to creating the next generation of graduates launching their career in the life sciences sector. Visit Skills Development Scotland to read about the success of this project. 


talent & collaboration


Scottish Health & Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship (SHINE)

SULSA are supporting a new national network builder, SHINE, which is working toward bringing together innovators and entrepreneurs with ideas at the bio and or health interface, across Scotland. Committees are being set up across our Universities and in the build-up to an in-person event in 2021, there are a series of Monday night webinars each with a new topic and run by the local committee.

This network welcomes new members to join the Committees within each SULSA member University, please get in touch with Professor Rebecca Goss to find out more.

Contact: Rebecca Goss


The Scottish Advanced Therapeutics Medicinal Products (ATMP) Strategy for Scotland

The Advanced therapies field is experiencing rapid growth at present particularly in areas of cell, gene, viral vector, antibody and vaccine therapy. SULSA is working with Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Enterprise as part of the Industry Leadership Group to deliver on a National Growth Strategy for Scotland in this area. Recent activity includes bringing together a consortium of providers from across Industry, Universities and Colleges to create an in-depth training provision package that could be delivered across Scotland. Our consortia will lead 1 of the 3 UK National Training Centres, within the Advanced Therapies Skills and Training Network (ATSTN), funded by the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult.

Read the full report and find out more on the Life Sciences Scotland Website. 

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