Knowledge exchange double-whammy



Professor Sir Pete Downes, Lee Baines of MacTaggart Scott and Heriot-Watt's Dr David Flynn

Heriot-Watt wins twice at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards

Two winning partnerships were announced today at the prestigious Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2017 ceremony and showcase, organised by Interface at RBS Conference Centre at Gogarburn. The awards recognise, reward and celebrate the impacts achieved through collaborative business and academic partnerships. 

MacTaggart Scott and Heriot-Watt won the Sustained Partnership category, sponsored by SCI, an international forum where science meets business. MacTaggart Scott and Heriot-Watt's relationship started in 2011 with an undergraduate mechanical engineering design project and expanded to electrical and mechanical projects, including a Knowledge Transfer Partnership and studentships.

The MultiParty Collaboration Award was won by Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST). The collaboration between NALCO Champion, Shell UK and Heriot-Watt University came together in 2015 to improve SQUEEZE, a game-changing software technology used extensively by the oil and gas industry all over the world to prevent scale forming in wells.

The day has been a fantastic showcase of what can be achieved when business and academia come together.

Siobhán Jordan, Interface Director

Interface Director, Siobhán Jordan, said: “We have had some truly inspirational individuals and collaborations celebrated at today's awards ceremony. The day has been a fantastic showcase of what can be achieved when business and academia come together. The standard of entries was incredibly high and the judges had some tough decisions to make. Each of the finalists really demonstrated how collaborations can boost innovation, drive company growth to support the economy and position Scotland as a CAN DO nation.”

Funded by the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Interface is a free and impartial service which aims to stimulate demand for innovation, encouraging companies to consider academic support to help solve business challenges.

Robert Goodfellow, Heriot-Watt's Head of Technology Transfer said: “It's fantastic to have two winning partnerships. Knowledge exchange is a sharing of expertise, ideas and evidence between businesses and universities. The businesses learn from academic input, and the universities benefit from their experience of working with businesses to help resolve real-life issues - definitely a win, win situation!”

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