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.

Why DIIF?

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

ThemeTopicDateLocationContact
Research Environment and Culture ECR: Facilitated Grant Writing 
Peer-to-Peer Support Group
First Wednesday of every month EduZone, Main Library Emma Warbrick
Industrial Strategy Strength in Places
Regional Connectivity
9 May   Margaret Teven
Research Environment and Culture India 15 May 2S12 Dalhousie Joanne Butterworth
Research Environment and Culture UKRO Visit Brexit: What does it mean for us? 28 May   Grant Davidson
Research Environment and Culture Commercialisation 19 June*   Margaret Teven
Industrial Strategy Regional Industry Event 18 September*   Margaret Teven
Industrial Strategy Ageing Society: Health Data Early September   Daniela Bolle
Industrial Strategy Clean Growth:
Decommissioning
Early September   Neil Mather
Industrial Strategy Creative Industries and
Healthcare Design
Late September   Neil Mather

*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.

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.

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

Decommissioning

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

  +44 (0)1382 384664
m.k.teven@dundee.ac.uk