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With under 2 weeks to go until Explorathon 2017 – Scotland’s European Researchers’ Night (29-30 September), we are highlighting Glasgow’s exciting programme of events and the researchers involved!
Explore the dark side of social media
How is social media changing people's lives and perception of themselves? Join the debate at Explorathon's Coffee House Lecture on 29 September 2017.
Get exploring with Glasgow's researchers11/09/2017 Tourism and Events
Experience an incredible night at the Riverside Museum, and amongst the exhibits, explore some of the fascinating research taking place around the city. And schools are getting in on the action too, with researchers taking interactive activities to around 40 Glasgow schools for Explorathon!
Researching the places that are dear to us28/08/2017 Tourism and Events
Under the spotlight on the blog this week for Explorathon Glasgow 2017 - Uncover the origins of Scottish place names you thought you knew and learn about the history of the Kingdom of Strathclyde in the UK premier of the award-winning film, 'Govan Young'.
Glasgow vacancy alert for a Graduate eLearning Developer14/07/2017 Education and Skills Development
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a graduate eLearning developer, through our partner, Enigma People Solutions. How do you fancy working with one of the UK’s fastest growing and most creative digital learning companies?
5 brilliant jobs in digital and technology in Glasgow and the West06/06/2017 Education and Skills Development
Our partner, Enigma People Solutions is working on a variety of brilliant and interesting vacancies at the moment! Check out 5 of the opportunities and see if there's something to suit you!
What will be your Image of Research for 2017?05/06/2017 Tourism and Events
The University of Strathclyde’s annual competition, Images of Research, recently launched this year’s exhibition with a week-long residency at Engage with Strathclyde – the University’s flagship public engagement event – and was warmly received by the public. The seven category winners have been announced and now it’s over to you to vote for the overall winner.
Storage Vault unlocks the secret of online branding19/05/2017 Creative Industries
Mirroring your physical brand online can be a challenge for many businesses. Fraser Sutherland, Property and Marketing Manager for Storage Vault, reviews the firm’s digital development and offers advice about commissioning an agency.
Glasgow’s academic sector chalks up more success08/05/2017 Creative Industries
The academic institutions around Glasgow continue to build upon their well-earned reputation of growing and nurturing the city's thirst for innovation and creativity. In this round-up of recent news, we pick out some of the developments from the sector locally that will help ensure internationally-recognised excellence for years to come.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) in Medtech Development26/04/2017 Engineering, Design and Manufacturing
The University of Strathclyde has an enviable record of experience in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). During Engage with Strathclyde Week in early May 2017, there's a suite of events with a focus on biomedical engineering project successes and how your company can benefit from their know-how.
Mining, Tourism and Settlements in Outer Space21/04/2017 Tourism and Events
Who owns the Moon? On 2 May, Dr Saskia Vermeylen will give an enlightening talk as part of Engage with Strathclyde week where you can learn more about the legal wrangling that's likely to take place as humans continue to venture into outer space.
Data, Data Everywhere20/04/2017 Engineering, Design and Manufacturing
As part of the Engage with Strathclyde Week, organisations across all sectors can get insight and support from a SMART consultancy unit based at the University's Department of Statistics and Mathematics to help approach the data challenges faced in their business and solve real world problems.
Focus is on Glasgow as top film location03/04/2017 Creative Industries
Filmmakers are choosing Glasgow more and more frequently for their productions, big and small. The city's variety & versatility of locations, coupled with a strong desire and support mechanisms for developing the creative industries in the region have helped our reputation grow in this competitive arena. Jennifer Reynolds, Film Commissioner at Glasgow Film Office tells us more...
City's flair for creativity and innovation shines through in 201731/03/2017 Creative Industries
The first few months of 2017 have seen Glasgow continue to build on its global reputation as fertile ground for creative and innovative minds to flourish. Check out some of the fruits of of the city's success...
Partnering approach is paying dividends for Glasgow businesses27/03/2017 Creative Industries
Perceptions of the digital industry as an insular environment are wide of the mark. Will Craig, founder and managing director of Glasgow-based marketing and design agency, Digital Impact, explains how collaboration with a range of agencies has benefitted his business.
Why your business should consider tapping into the sound of the crowd13/03/2017 Creative Industries
In today’s competitive business environment, the ability to access finance via crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular route for companies. Tim Wright, Director of twintangibles explains why tapping into ‘crowd assets’ has become an essential skill for many businesses.
How mentors are boosting Scotland’s competitive edge10/03/2017 Creative Industries
Scotland’s creative sector is already a major contributor to the country’s economy. But, as Marie Dorris of Scottish Enterprise’s Workplace Innovation Team explains, the Business Mentoring service offers our growth companies the opportunity to reinforce the country’s global profile.
Film City’s energetic approach to green issues20/02/2017 Creative Industries
Film City Glasgow is the heart and soul of Scotland’s film and television industry. Based at Govan Town Hall, it includes production office space, studio/build space, workshop areas, rehearsal/meeting rooms and a café, and is home to more than 25 permanent tenants from the screen and wider creative industries.
Interface - taking the creative approach to R&D13/02/2017 Creative Industries
Might specialist facilities, technologies or a collaborative R&D project help you grow your business? Heather Alexander from Interface explains how to find out about the specialist facilities and technologies to help your business grow.
Get involved with The Social Mobility Foundation03/02/2017 Education and Skills Development
Find out about a charity that supports improving social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds and how STEM professionals can get involved in supporting as mentors or with opportunities to develop confidence and skills.
Catch Pokémon on a University tour or a seat at research cinema for Explorathon GLASGOW26/09/2016 Tourism and Events
This Friday Scotland will join with Europe in a celebration of research! In Scotland we celebrate this through Explorathon, a 24 hour festival of curiosity. Each week City of Science has been going behind the scenes giving you a peek at what is coming up. This week we’ll be looking at the Research Cinema and Pokémon Go tour, both happening this Friday the 30th of September.
Paragon Play ON19/09/2016 Tourism and Events
Play ON is an inclusive youth music project for children and young people aged 6-20 years old. The project was set up in May 2013, in response to a University of Strathclyde research publication, “Who Gets to Play?”, which highlighted the inequality of opportunities for young people with additional support needs to access musical activities in Scotland.
Explorathon Glasgow - a day of vibrant research awaits12/09/2016 Tourism and Events
With just over three weeks until Glasgow celebrates Explorathon - European Researchers’ Night on Friday 30th September, we’re highlighting some of the exciting events going on across the city. Get hands-on with research and interact with researchers from the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow.
Uncovering The Hunterian at Explorathon Glasgow05/09/2016 Tourism and Events
On Friday the 30th of September Glasgow will be part of a continent wide celebration: European Researchers’ Night. In Glasgow we celebrate this night with Explorathon offering a host of activities to get you up close and hands on with cutting edge research. With just four weeks to go we’re giving you a sneak peek at the events. This week we’re looking at The Hunterian Uncovered (Friday 30th September, 12.30-4.30pm).
PATHway – Technology enabled behavioural change as a pathway towards better self-management of CVD29/08/2016 Health and Life Sciences
A European project involving researchers from the University of Glasgow's Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment (HEHTA) group is pioneering a novel approach towards better self-management of Cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of premature death worldwide.
Explorathon Glasgow unlocks Kelvingrove and the Riverside29/08/2016 Tourism and Events
With five weeks to go until Explorathon – Scotland’s European Researchers’ Night, we are highlighting researchers and what they have planned. This week we take a closer look at activities taking place at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Friday 30th September (11am – 4pm) and The Riverside Museum on Saturday 1st October (11am – 4pm).
Explorathon GLASGOW – Six Week Countdown22/08/2016 Tourism and Events
With Explorathon just six weeks away, we take a first look at two activities being organised by researchers for the programme: a Coffee House Lecture and a science 'takeover' of The Forge Shopping Centre to inspire the next generation of Scottish scientists.
Register NOW for Venturefest Scotland 201612/08/2016 Creative Industries
Venturefest Scotland is an annual, business innovation event for ambitious Scottish SMEs, entrepreneurs, investors, academics and innovators designed to inspire, inform and connect. Last year 612 delegates attended; this year 1,000 are expected.
What can Masters students do for you?28/04/2016 Education and Skills Development
In the run up to the Engage with Strathclyde week, Anna Selwood, a Careers Adviser at University of Strathclyde Careers Service, writes for Glasgow City of Science on the fantastic opportunities for businesses in making the most of Masters students.
Strathclyde Student Chapter of SIAM Annual Meeting28/04/2016 Engineering, Design and Manufacturing
Maths might be hard to grips with, but its application in industry brings huge benefits that touch all our lives. An event on 3rd May at the University of Strathclyde will showcase some of these vital applications.
Body Image and Eating Disorders – Planning Future Research to Combat Current Challenges25/04/2016 Health and Life Sciences
Writing for Glasgow City of Science in the run up to Engage with Strathclyde week, Dr Petya Eckler highlights research on body image and eating disorders that will be discussed at an event, 'Body Image and Eating Disorders: Future Research Priorities'.
Showcasing Projects with Industry25/04/2016 Low Carbon and Renewables
A poster presentation and networking event at Engage with Strathclyde will demonstrate the benefits of collaboration between industry and students. Some 40 projects will be on show including SME carbon audits, treatment of land contamination, environmental management, Green Network Strategy and hydrogeology projects overseas.
Engage with Strathclyde18/04/2016 Tourism and Events
The University of Strathclyde's flagship events programme returns between the 3rd and 6th May 2016 and provides a great opportunity across over 50 different events to engage in research, identify future priorities and build future collaborations.
Promoting STEM Equality at City of Glasgow College21/03/2016 Education and Skills Development
Taking positive action to promote gender equality in STEM, Douglas Morrison from City of Glasgow College writes about the successful approach taken with support of their partners to increase female participation in the college's engineering programme.
Kilmarnock born CERN scientist recalls her 'inspiring teacher'14/03/2016 Education and Skills Development
Can you remember the name of the teacher who had the biggest impact on the career path you chose? For one Kilmarnock born CERN scientist, Dr Victoria Martin, it was her forward-thinking physics teacher, Mr Samson.
Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Awards - Part 607/03/2016 Education and Skills Development
Find out the latest from the Strathclyde University team about the Shopping Trolley for the Elderly, in ‘Making It – Part 2’ as they show us classical engineering processes; sketching, teamwork, prototype and model making, investigating and problem solving.
Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Awards - Part 507/03/2016 Education and Skills Development
The Strathclyde University Prototype team are starting to get busy… in the fifth vlog they tell us about making prototypes and show us techniques, tools and devices they will be using to build the 2015 winning design.
The Genetics of Gregor Mendel: A Game of Seeds!29/02/2016 Health and Life Sciences
It wasn't that long ago that the notion of inheritance of characteristics through genes was somewhat fanciful. As Kirsty Martin explains, one green-fingered scientist's work in particular cultivated the bloom in genetics we see around us today.
Stem Cells and Social Media – The Future for the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Cell Engineering25/02/2016 Engineering, Design and Manufacturing
Writing for Glasgow City of Science, Paula Sweeten, PhD Student & Social Media Strategist tells us why and how The Centre for Cell Engineering decided to embrace social media platforms to take the impact of their work in the lab to the outside world.
Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Awards - Part 405/02/2016 Education and Skills Development
If you could be an engineer in Scotland – what would you do? Join the thousands of children already registered for this exciting free competition! In part 4 of this series of vlogs, student engineers take on the design of a 'Trolley for the Elderly'.
Glasgow City of Science: 2015 Year in Review21/12/2015 Education and Skills Development
2015 has seen the Glasgow City of Science (GCOS) partnership go from strength to strength, supporting a record number of multi-partner programmes and activities that aim to support and bolster the science and innovation ecosystem within Glasgow and the West of Scotland. From initiating and supporting the first Venturefest Scotland to driving forward Glasgow's bid to become Innovation Capital (iCapital) of Europe – it has been a fruitful year!
Remembering James Clerk Maxwell29/10/2015 Education and Skills Development
2015 marks the International Year of Light, observing achievements in light science and its countless applications. What better opportunity to shine a light on one of Scotland’s great innovators, a genius whose immense contributions to science and technology are often overlooked – James Clerk Maxwell.
A year in OPAL Scotland29/06/2015 Education and Skills Development
OPAL community Scientist, Joanne Dempster reflects on the fantastic achievements of the OPAL project as it completes its first year in Scotland and a flourishing range of activities to look ahead to over the summer in the great outdoors.
Living Liebig’s laboratory legacy25/05/2015 Education and Skills Development
Writing for Glasgow City of Science this time around is Kirsty Martin. Chemist, Justus von Liebig starts-off a series of posts over the coming months on important figures in science down the years and how they've impacted on our work today: "Whose Shoulders Are These Anyway?"
Peek – The Portable Eye Examination Kit04/05/2015 Health and Life Sciences
Throughout the world, almost 40 million people are blind. Yet, 80% of blindness is avoidable! And most of this avoidable blindness is in low-income countries. Dr Mario Giardini from the Department of Bio-medical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde provides insight into a revolutionary smartphone-based toolkit for eye care.
Supercomputing for all in the West of Scotland with ARCHIE-WeSt30/04/2015 Engineering, Design and Manufacturing
ARCHIE-WeSt is a regional supercomputer centre at the University of Strathclyde dedicated to research excellence and wealth creation in the West of Scotland. Richard Martin explains how the centre is providing High Performance Computing capability for academia, industry and enterprise.
A green future envisaged by Images of Research, 201527/04/2015 Tourism and Events
Images of Research returns this May to showcase the work of staff and students at the University of Strathclyde. Grant Thomson and Rachel Clark from the Engage with Strathclyde team tell us where and when you can explore the exhibition in 2015.
Knowledge exchange drives science, technology and business23/04/2015 Engineering, Design and Manufacturing
Dr Sean McGinty, a Research and Knowledge Exchange Associate at the University of Strathclyde's Department of Mathematics and Statistics writes for Glasgow City of Science on a SMART way to support solving real world problems.
Engage with Strathclyde – An innovative approach to knowledge exchange16/04/2015 Tourism and Events
Engage with Strathclyde, is the University's flasgship programme reaching out to public, private and third sector organisations. Rachel Clark, Yvonne Kinnaird and Grant Thomson, all Engage with Strathclyde team members, give some insight into the innovative and imaginative events you can expect in May 2015.
Greenland360 expedition inspires climate change action09/03/2015 Low Carbon and Renewables
Last year, a small team of geography students from Scotland organised their own expedition to Greenland to study the impact of climate change and to create public and educational resources. Writing for Glasgow City of Science, Cameron Mackay shares his personal story of some of the challenges facing our changing planet.
Resilient Glasgow leads the way amongst global network of cities with shared challenges23/02/2015 Low Carbon and Renewables
Dr Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation gives her opinion about Glasgow's role in leading the way in responding to and planning for challenges amongst resilient cities around the globe.
Glasgow City of Botanists11/12/2014 Low Carbon and Renewables
In 2015, Science Centres and Botanical gardens across Europe will celebrate local biodiversity. Joanne Dempster, Glasgow City of Science's OPAL Community Scientist who is based at Glasgow Science Centre, has been finding out about the great scientists and explorers who founded Glasgow's Botanic Gardens and put Glasgow on the Botanical Science map.
Skills legacy for community through reCYCLE project03/11/2014 Education and Skills Development
reCYCLE is an innovative collaboration project in the city that takes unwanted bicycles, refurbishes them if required and donates them to young Glaswegians who need them, helping them learn new skills or providing an affordable mode of transport for job interviews or college.