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ScotlandIS Annual Cluster Conference – Back with a bang for 2021

We launched our clusters in Cyber and Data one year ago to bring together the community of companies with expertise across these growing areas of economic interest.  Little did we know how important both capabilities would become to the effort to mobilise our country’s resources to defend and help mitigate the unfolding pandemic just a few months later.

We would be delighted if you would join us again on Wednesday 27th January to find out just how the companies involved in our clusters have helped, how the digital shift in our country has impacted them and find out where other opportunities lie in the year ahead.

This event will provide delegates with insights into the developments in Scotland’s digital technologies sector, a key driver of Scotland’s economy. You will have the opportunity to discuss with industry representatives how the sector can contribute to the digital transformation of Scotland’s economy and society and how to further develop Scotland’s international standing.

ScotlandIS Head of Cyber, Ciara Mitchell, will walk you through the changes in the landscape; how our clusters have grown; where their particular strengths lie; the impact ScotlandIS as a CMO has already had in creating and shaping opportunities for collaboration; and how our capability directories have and can help organisations going forward.

Albert King, Chief Data Officer at The Scottish Government will lead a discussion on Scotland’s digital ambition, covering the refresh of The Digital Strategy and Scotland’s AI Strategy.  He’ll look at the impact of the ScotlandIS and Scottish Government Digital Nation Challenge and how our cluster communities have helped to shape developments across our public service.

We’ll also hear from our partners and collaborators in Scotland and Europe to discover insights and opportunities across the tech ecosystem.  Dr Andrew Hamilton, Senior Research & Development Engineer Digital Team, Advanced Forming Research Centre at National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) will join us, alongside Alison McLeod, Senior Programme Manager for Technology Scotland who will discuss the Scottish photonics sector, how photonics is applicable and vital to a vast array of applications and key sectors for Scotland, from advanced manufacturing and healthcare to space and quantum technologies.

Eva Juul Langlands, Head of Communications at Odense Robotics, Denmark’s national cluster for robotics and drones and Helen Hastie, Professor of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotic and Autonomous Systems at the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics, and Academic Lead for the National Robotarium (opening in 2022 in Edinburgh) will together discuss the value proposition of robotics to a country’s economic growth, how clusters can play a part in this and where opportunities lie for cross border collaboration.

This event is virtual and complete free to attend, register here now to join us on 27th January.

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