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

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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

You will find details of our upcoming events along with links to register your attendance in the table below. We develop our programme using feedback from previous events, and welcome ideas for future events from staff, students and external parties. If you are interested in leading or participating in a DIIF event, please let us know by contacting 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

EPSRC Presentation with Q&A

Wednesday 8 April Online Orla Kelly
Research Environment and Culture

International Research Collaborations Post-BREXIT

TBC  TBA Grant Davidson

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Past events

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

From bench to bedside; the route from university, through industry, to the patient

Wednesday 5 February 2020, 13:00 -14:00, Tanis Drummond Lecture Theatre

  • A joint event as part of the School of Medicine seminar series, Imran Farid (Executive Account Director of GE Healthcare), Perry Frederick (Senior Research Director for Europe at GE Healthcare) and Nigel McLean (Technology Transfer Manager at University of Dundee Research & Innovation Services) providing insight into what it takes to bring an idea from a university or hospital to market for use in patient care.

    Contact: Nigel McLean, Technology Transfer Manager

Energy and Clean Growth

Wednesday 8 January 2020, 10:00 -13:00, River Room 3

  • A joint event with the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP), bringing together researchers from across the University to discuss our work in the energy sector, and how our research can support the UK and global clean growth agendas.

    Contact: Orla Kelly, Industrial Strategy Manager

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

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Margaret Teven

Interim Head of Operations and Innovation

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Joanne Butterworth

Project Officer - Strategic Initiatives

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