InnoScot Health’s January webinar to spotlight Scotland’s innovation vision

(L-R) Head of Innovation Robert Rea and Innovation Manager Leigh Mair, and MSP Richard Lochhead.

InnoScot Health, a partner of the NHS, is set to commence its 2024 webinar series with a session featuring guest speaker MSP Richard Lochhead. 

THE webinar aims to delve into the Scottish Government’s National Innovation Strategy 2023 to 2033, positioning Scotland on the global innovation map. Joining Lochhead is Carrie Thomson, Chief Scientist Office’s Programme Lead for Innovation and Collaboration, and Digital Lifelines Scotland Portfolio Lead with the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI). The session, titled “Collectively realising the ambition to make Scotland one of the most innovative small nations in the world,” is now scheduled for January 31, from 12 to 12:45 pm.

“This webinar will unite two fantastic guest speakers who are both passionately focused on realising better patient outcomes through collaborative innovation on a national scale,” noted Robert Rea, Head of Innovation at InnoScot Health. Lochhead is expected to shed light on Scotland’s ambitious plans to elevate its performance in health and life sciences, data, and digital technologies. Thomson, on the other hand, will discuss the macro-level innovation landscape, emphasising digital solutions’ role in enhancing health outcomes. The free-to-join session aims to foster knowledge exchange and collaboration in the pursuit of Scotland’s innovation goals.

“As Innovation Manager for the north of Scotland, I’m very pleased to welcome Mr Lochhead, MSP for Moray since 2006,” stated Leigh Mair, Innovation Manager at InnoScot Health. Lochhead’s insights into Scotland’s strengths in innovation and the strategy’s focus on health and life sciences align with Thomson’s expertise in leveraging digital solutions for health initiatives. The National Innovation Strategy underscores the importance of collaboration between academia, industry, and entrepreneurs, positioning universities as key pillars of Scotland’s economic infrastructure.

The webinar is anticipated to provide a platform for in-depth discussions, identifying synergies in Lochhead and Thomson’s presentations. Participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to the speakers, contributing to a dynamic exchange of ideas and insights. This session marks a collaborative effort to propel Scotland towards becoming one of the most innovative nations globally, navigating fresh economic success through a robust innovation strategy.

Register to attend here. The session will be rounded off by an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers. Pre submit your queries for the panel discussion to .

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