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 Winter/Spring 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 Scottish Universities
Insight Institute Visit
21 February Scrymgeour 3.08
10:00 - 12:00
Emma Warbrick
Research Environment and Culture Arts and Humanitites
Research Council Visit
5 March Level 5 Reception Room,
Matthew Building, DJCAD
Emma Warbrick
Research Environment and Culture Royal Society Visit 6 March Scrymgeour 3.08
14:00 - 16:00
Emma Warbrick
Research Environment and Culture Health Informatics 13 March Dalhousie 2S12
13:00 - 15:00
Margaret Teven
Global Challenges Research Fund Education 15 March* Dalhousie 2S12
12:30 - 16:00
Alastair Strickland
Industrial Strategy Artificial Intelligence 18 March*   Neil Mather
Industrial Strategy Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
& Connecting with Industry
20 March Dalhousie 1S05
11:00 - 13:00
Jamie Henderson
Industrial Strategy Strength in Places
Regional Connectivity
27 March* Dalhousie 2S12
10:00 - 13:00
Margaret Teven
Industrial Strategy Ageing Society: Health Data 10 April*   Daniela Bolle
Research Environment and Culture UKRO Visit Brexit: What does it mean for us? 12 April*   Grant Davidson
Industrial Strategy Clean Growth:
17 April* Dalhousie 1G06
13:00 - 16:00
Neil Mather
Research Environment and Culture Creative Industries and
Healthcare Design
24 April*   Neil Mather
Research Environment and Culture Commercialisation 19 June*   Margaret Teven
Industrial Strategy Regional Industry Event 18 September*   Margaret Teven
Research Environment and Culture ECR: Facilitated Grant Writing
Peer-to-Peer Support Group
Monthly, dates TBC   Emma Warbrick

*to be confirmed

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.

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.

Academic Lead: 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

Head of Research Impact & Culture

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