DIIF aims to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations, in order to generate lasting impact and solve major challenges.

Global Challenges Workshop at the University of Dundee

Global Challenges Workshop at the University of Dundee

Global Challenges Workshop at the University of Dundee

What is DIIF?

Dundee Interdisciplinary and Innovation Forum (DIIF) is a University of Dundee forum that aims to increase interdisciplinary working opportunities and research collaborations – both internally and externally with partners and industry.

The forum facilitates events throughout the year which are designed to:

  • Provide networking environments where introductions can be made and ideas explored.
  • Encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations, with the long term view of solving major challenges and creating lasting social and economic impact.
  • Encourage early intervention of major research challenges.  
  • Explore the funding landscape and prepare researchers for new funding opportunities.
  • Stimulate new research ideas/approaches.
  • Support Early Career Researchers.


Interdisciplinary research is central to the University Transformation Strategy. It allows us to be joined up in our thinking and to present challenges to solutions that proactively solve a number of real-life problems. DIIF events can be used as a vehicle to encourage and facilitate collaborations and to form new working groups.

How do DIIF events work?

DIIF events are typically led by a University academic and supported by Research and Innovation Services (RIS). They range from small focussed meetings to regional events with 100+ delegates. Each event is contextualised by a research theme and knowledge and understanding of the funding landscapes for these themes are provided and explored. 

RIS proactively scope for industry collaborations pre and post event and provide additional support with applications and partnerships that arise.

Programme of upcoming internal events

We are currently developing our programme of events for 2019. If you are interested in leading or participating in a DIIF event, please contact RIS via ris-events@dundee.ac.uk

Research Environment and Culture Write it Right!: Facilitated Grant Writing 
Peer-to-Peer Support Group
First Wednesday of every month EduZone, Main Library Emma Warbrick
Research Environment and Culture

Research and Commercialisation: Out of the lab and into the market

Wednesday 15 January   Nigel McLean
Industrial Strategy

Energy and Clean Growth

Wednesday 8 January River Room 3, Tower Building Orla Kelly
Research Environment and Culture

Public Services Design

Wednesday 26 February   RIS Events

Past events

If you would like any further information regarding past events, please contact the associated Academic Lead or RIS via ris-events@dundee.ac.uk.

Ageing Society

Wednesday 27 November 2019, 10:00 -12:00, Ninewells

  • Bringing together researchers from across the University to discuss different approaches to the UK’s Ageing Society challenge.

    Contact: Orla Kelly, Industrial Strategy Manager

Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Themes

Friday 22 November 2019, 09:30 -12:00, Dalhousie 2F14

  • A workshop led by Prof John Rowan (VP Research, KE and Wider Impact) to take views on the University’s four interdisciplinary themes, exploring how we could create more interdisciplinary academic engagement with the themes and how the themes can help position us within the research environment.

    Contact: Daniela Bolle, Head of Research Development

MRC Visit

Tuesday 19 November 2019, 14:00 - 15:30, Ninewells

  • An open session as part of Medical Research Council’s annual visit to the University of Dundee, including a strategy and performance presentation from senior representatives of the MRC, along with presentations from colleagues at the University of Dundee. Providing a unique opportunity to gain answers to questions around MRC funding directly from the MRC.

    Contact: Emma Warbrick, Research Development Officer

Coffee, Cake and KTPs

Friday 1 November 2019, 09:00 - 12:00, Dalhousie 2G12

  • An information session to find out more about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with presentations from Lorna Howarth (Knowledge Transfer Adviser) and Alison Reith (North Scotland KTP Centre).

Contact: Jamie Henderson, Consultancy Manager

The power of business - academic partnerships

Tuesday 29 October 2019, 09:00 - 13:00, Dalhousie 1G10

  • Working in partnership with Interface, showcasing the support available throughout Scotland to encourage, initiate and drive innovation amongst Scottish businesses and how, by collaborating, businesses can save both time and money.

Contact: Jamie Henderson, Consultancy Manager

Research in Africa

Friday 23 August 2019, 10:00 - 14:00, Dalhousie 2G14

  • Bringing together researchers from across the University’s ten Schools to share ideas and explore current and potential research opportunities with a focus on Africa.

Lead Academic: Professor Peter McEleavy, Academic Regional Lead for Africa

UKRO Visit Brexit: What does it mean for us?

Tuesday 28 May 2019, 09:30 - 16:30, Dalhousie 2S02

  • A visit from Jennifer Morgan, European Advisor for UK Research Office (UKRO). Providing an overview of European funding in H2020, the implications of Brexit and the potential for UK engagement in the future European funding landscape, post-award and project management of EU projects.

    Contact: Grant Davidson, Proposal Development Manager


Wednesday 15 May 2019, 10:00 - 14:00, Dalhousie 2S12

  • Bringing together researchers from across the University’s nine Schools to share ideas and explore current and potential research opportunities with a focus on India.

    Academic Lead: Professor Nick Hopkins, Academic Regional Lead for India

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

Wednesday 20 March 2019, 11:30 - 13:30, Dalhousie 1S05

  • Providing an opportunity to hear about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships directly from our Innovate UK KTP Advisers and successful case studies with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) and Rautomead.

Contact: Jamie Henderson

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Monday 18 March 2019, 10:00 - 13:00, Dalhousie 2F11

  • Supporting collaboration and mobilisation for a number of funding opportunities in this space. Hearing from guest speaker Ken Sutherland, President of Canon Medical Research Europe Ltd and partner of iCAIRD, along with 3 minute presentations from academics and researchers at the University of Dundee.

Contact: Neil Mather

Health Informatics Centre (HIC)

Wednesday 13 March 2019, 12:30 - 15:00, Dalhousie 2S12

  • Exploring how the Health Informatics Centre (HIC) can provide future opportunities to ask complex research questions based on linking population-based datasets, machine learning and software/informatics at scale.

Lead: Dr Emily Jefferson

Royal Society Visit

Wednesday 6 March 2019, 14:00 - 16:00, Scrymgeour 3.08

  • Providing an overview of the funding schemes offered by the Royal Society and advice on how to apply, with Lucy Lisanti (Impact and Promotion Officer) and Debbie Meikle (Impact and Engagement Manager) from the Royal Society Grants team.

Contact: Emma Warbrick

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Visit

Tuesday 5 March 2019, 10:00 - 11:30, 5013 Matthew Building

  • Open session discussing AHRC’s strategic priorities with an additional focus on Dundee Research in Animation and Comics, as well as AHRC investment in Design and Creative Industries at Dundee. With guest speakers; Professor Roey Sweet, Director of Partnerships and Engagement and John Watts, Programme Coordinator in Creative Arts and Digital Humanities from the AHRC.

Contact: Emma Warbrick

Scottish Universities Insight Institute Visit

Thursday 21 February 2019, 10:00 - 12:00, Scrymgeour 3.08

  • Covering the remit of the Institute, the support SUII provide to programmes, the criteria for applying for a knowledge exchange programme, and key dates in the application process. Also hearing from someone who has recently run a successful programme and the opportunity to discuss any initial project ideas.

Contact: Emma Warbrick

GCRF: Global Health

Friday 8 February 2019, 12:30 - 16:00, Dalhousie 2S12

  • Addressing "Global Health" issues in the context of the Global Challenges Research Fund. Showcasing projects already underway and exploring the potential for new research partnerships. With presentations from colleagues at UKRI, MRC and academics from the Universities of Dundee, St Andrews, Abertay and Stirling.

Contact: Alastair Strickland

Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Monday 18 June 2018, 12:30 - 15:00, River Room 2, Tower Building

  • Discussing current and forthcoming AMR calls, cross-council themed calls, Charis' funded projects plus follow on MRF and PhD funding to initiate ideas and prepare for potential interdisciplinary research applications.

Academic Lead: Charis MarwickIan GilbertSuzanne Grant

Innovate UK Visit

Thursday 8 March 2018, 10:30 - 12:00, Room 5013 Matthew Building

  • Providing an overview of Innovate UK, the Industrial Strategy and forthcoming funding opportunities.
  • Sharing and showcasing our innovation expertise and strengths with Innovate UK/KTP team.
  • Identifying areas of potential collaboration and innovation synergies.

Contact: Margaret Teven

Health Inequalities

Wednesday 21 February 2018, 12:00 - 17:00, Dalhousie 2G14

  • Identifying key challenges and exploring how they can be addressed by working across disciplines and supporting Early Career Researchers.

Academic Lead: Alison McFaddenTim CroudaceRuth Freeman

Human Rights

Friday 9 February 2018

  • Raising awareness of the range of research themes that integrate with Human Rights.

Academic Lead: Sunil Hutchin-Bellur


Friday 19 January 2018, 10:00 - 13:00, Crawford Boardroom

  • What are the key research and development questions and innovation needs around decommissioning in the future?

Academic Lead: Rod Jones and Paul Mitchell (ORI)

Global Challenges Workshop at the University of Dundee

Global Challenges Workshop at the University of Dundee

Global Challenges Workshop at the University of Dundee

Margaret Teven

Interim Head of Operations and Innovation

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Joanne Butterworth

Project Officer - Strategic Initiatives

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