Heriot-Watt Festival of Research 2019

Festival of Research 14-15 November 2019

Thank you for helping to celebrate research at Heriot-Watt

Our first Festival of Research took place on 14 and 15 November 2019 as a celebration of Heriot-Watt's research excellence. It featured a wide range of exciting talks, events and workshops and was open to Heriot-Watt students and staff from all academic Schools and professional services departments.

We would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who supported and took part in the festival.

Handouts or information from many of the 'Pioneering Research' sessions will be available online soon, so please keep checking this page.

The festival was designed to showcase the cutting-edge, impactful research undertaken by our academic community and to highlight the diversity of high-quality support available for our researchers. 

Organised by the Research Futures Academy, its aims were to celebrate the University's research success; enhance our research culture; build research capacity through training and development; and foster peer networking and collaboration. 

Our programme and listings below give details of the events that made up the festival.

View and download the programme

Pioneering Research

From discovery to application, our pioneering research delivers impact, helping to transform society, stimulate economic growth, and change lives. Find out more about the award-winning, pioneering research being undertaken at Heriot-Watt University and why it is attracting academic and innovation interest worldwide.

Pioneering Research 1: Energy Transitions Thursday 14 November 2019 10:00 – 11:30

Pioneering Research 2: Manufacturing and construction revolutions Thursday 14 November 2019 12:30 – 14:00

Pioneering Research 3: Marine ecosystems Thursday 14 November 2019 15:00 – 16:30

Pioneering Research 4: Robotics: Friday 15 November 2019 10:00 – 11:30

Pioneering Research 5: Enhancing everyday lives through Social Science research Friday 15 November 2019 12:30 – 14:00

Pioneering Research 6: Health Innovation and Technology Friday Friday 15 November 2019 15:00 – 16:30

Research Development Workshops

Looking to win more funding for your research and to enhance the impact of your publications? Be guided through the changing landscape of research funding in the UK and explore how your research could become more visible via astute publication and citation strategies.

UK Research: Would You Like to Know More? Thursday 14 November 2019 09:30 - 11:00

Elsevier - Publishing World-Leading Research Thursday 14 November 13:00 - 16:30

Introduction to Aid Funded Research Thursday 14 November 2019 14:00 - 15:30

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas Thursday 14 November 2019 17:00 - 19:00 

Showcasing your Research on PURE Friday 15 November 2019 09:30 - 11:00

Scottish Crucible Networking Event, Friday 15 November 

Please note this event is by invitation only

The Scottish Crucible Alumni Networking Event offers an opportunity for participants to meet with other Cruciblist colleagues from different universities and disciplines to exchange their latest research news and updates. Alumni can also engage with specially invited representatives about future research strategies and addressing UKRI opportunities.  

Latest Updates from the Funding Landscape Friday 15 November 2019 14:00 - 15:30 

Research Careers Workshops

Gaining a PhD should equip researchers with skills, knowledge and connections to help them progress to their next career stage. Explore different career options within academia and other sectors, and focus on maximising your profile, networks and opportunities to help enhance your career development. 

Beyond the PhD Thursday 14 November 2019 10:00 - 11:00

Building your Professional Profile and Network Thursday 14 November 2019 10:30 - 11:30

Representing Yourself Thursday 14 November 2019 12:00 - 13:00

Careers in Academia Friday 15 November 2019 10:00 - 11:00

Research Culture and Community

The research community at Heriot-Watt University comprises people from multiple academic disciplines, at different stages of their career, and with varying experience of engaging with different sectors. Initiatives to promote equality, diversity, public engagement, interdisciplinarity and innovation operate to foster an inclusive, collaborative and vibrant research culture. Be inspired by our research community developments and celebrate their progress in further enhancing our research culture and impact. 

Year of Health Photography Competition - your chance to vote for your favourite image.

Women in Science in Scotland  The Carnegie Room

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has put together an exhibition of 26 portraits celebrating some of the exceptional women scientists across Scotland. Some are from Scotland, others have chosen to base their research and make their homes here; all of them are making a positive contribution to society by shaping our understanding of the world, supporting a more sustainable use of resources and securing advances in healthcare. Some of our own esteemed Heriot-Watt scientists are included in the exhibition. Come and see if you recognise anyone you know!

Science In Situ: A Window into the Biomedical Lab | The James Watt Centre Café

This photography exhibition takes a unique peek inside the diversity of Health and Medical Technologies research taking place in laboratories across Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh based campus. The series of photographic works opens up a window into the biomedical research labs, uncovering the practical side of the lab work that feeds into the vast amount of scientific data being generated at Heriot-Watt.

EPS PhD posters The Postgraduate Centre Café

Some of the winning posters from this year’s Engineering and Physical Sciences postgraduate research student celebrations will be on display. It’s a great opportunity for PGR students from other schools to understand what research is being undertaken by their peers in EPS.

Stands in Carnegie Room:

  • Gender Equality
  • Defence and Security Accelerator
  • Policy, Strategy, and Impact
  • Open Research

The Use of Poetry in a STEM-dominated Research University Led by University Poet, Prof Patrick Corbett 

Thursday 14 November 11:00 – 11:45 | The James Watt Centre Café

Poetry is a very popular form of communication; concise, innovative and flexible it is able to convey meaning and feelings in an efficient way for today's busy lifestyles.  In this poetry moment, we will reflect on poems used to communicate science and the (sometimes) loneliness of the PhD journey.

Three-Minute Thesis 

Thursday 14 November 12:00 – 12:30 and Friday 15 November 12:-00 –12:30 | The James Watt Centre Café

Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) is an exciting global academic competition celebrating the innovative research undertaken by PhD students. In this event, four 3MT participants will present their research in one slide and a three-minute talk aimed at a non-specialist audience, with the aim of developing students’ academic, presentation and communication skills.

Campus Walking Tour

Friday 15 November 09:30 – 10:30 | James Watt Statue

Come and join Robbie Fraser for a tour of Heriot-Watt's beautiful Riccarton campus to discover a little bit about the University’s history and landscape. We hope that there will be something of interest for all. The tour will last for around one hour and will depart from the James Watt statue on the piazza.  Limited places. Click Campus Walking Tour to book.

Research Culture Grant

Friday 15 November 11:00 – 11:30 | The James Watt Centre Café

In 2019, the Research Futures Academy (RFA) launched the Research Culture Grant to support research postgraduates and staff develop new student-led or post-doc-led initiatives, designed to enhance research culture and embody the Heriot-Watt values of Inspire and Collaborate. Come and hear from a representative from the Postdoc Forum, and two of the awardees of the Research Culture Grant. 

Research Labs and Facilities

Heriot-Watt University hosts some unique laboratories comprising specialised equipment which enable world-leading, experimental research to be undertaken at different scales. Take the opportunity to visit some of our labs and hear from their researchers about the research enabled by these scientific facilities. 

The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE) Heavy Structures Lab Friday 15 November 2019 11:30 – 12:30 Limited places
Robotics Lab Thursday 14 November 2019 14:30 – 15:15  Limited  places
The Lyell Centre Friday 15 November 2019 14:00 – 15:00 Limited places

RED Hub Welcome Tour - the Research Engagement Directorate (RED) has recently moved to a specially designed location, the Research Engagement Hub on the first floor of the Hugh Nisbet Building (above Café Brio). 

Throughout the Heriot-Watt Festival of Research, RED is welcoming any staff who would like to visit our new premises for a self-guided tour and find out more about the services provided by the different divisions within RED: Research and Business Development (Research Development; Global Challenges Research Fund; Research Grants Office; Business Development); Policy, Strategy and Impact (Research strategy and policies; public engagement impact, REF 2021); Legal (research contracts and intellectual property); Research Futures Academy (researcher development, collaboration and culture).  

Academic and professional services staff are invited to pop in anytime between 09:30 and 16:00 on Thursday 14 or Friday 15 November 2019 (booking not required).