DIIF aims to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations, in order to generate lasting impact and solve major challenges.
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
|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
|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:
|Early September||Neil Mather|
|Industrial Strategy||Creative Industries and
|Late September||Neil Mather|
*to be confirmed
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.
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
Friday 9 February 2018
Raising awareness of the range of research themes that integrate with Human Rights.
Academic Lead: Sunil Hutchin-Bellur
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