Beyond the lab


A day of networking between leading researchers and industry

This one-day event at the Higgs Centre for Innovation will drive collaboration between academia and industry and promote the talent pool at the University of Edinburgh.

This meeting will bring together leading researchers, experts in cutting-edge technology, successful entrepreneurs, alumni and students. The day will include general talks, panel discussions and networking in extended breaks. There will also be a chance to take a tour of the Higgs Centre for Innovation.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof Sheila Rowan, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish Government

  • Prof Tony Hey, STFC Chief Data Scientist.

Bringing together the strengths of discovery-driven research and innovation-driven industry, we will look for opportunities to bridge traditional divisions and identify areas for future development. The day will end with a reception on the roof terrace.

The recently-opened Higgs Centre for Innovation is a joint venture between the STFC and the University of Edinburgh which provides incubation and support for companies with an interest in collaboration with STFC scientists.


Registration for this event is now full. If you would like to register interest in case places become available, please email Luigi Del Debbio ( and Jenni Smillie (

Getting Here

Here is some helpful travel information. The Higgs Centre for Innovation is located at the Royal Observatory site (ROE).


The following have registered to attend this workshop:

First NameLast NameAffiliation
Amy Bilton CERN
Catriona Wimberley Edinburgh Imaging facility QMRI,
Christos Leonidopoulos University of Edinburgh
Danny Rhys Walker University of Edinburgh
David Gallaher Orbital Micro Systems
Dima Maneuski University of Glasgow
Franz Muheim University of Edinburgh
Helen Rogerson STFC
Helina Piik Better World Initiatives Ltd.
Indiarose Friswell Royal Observatory of Edinburgh
Ioannis Chalkiadakis Heriot-Watt University / The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Center for Robotics
Jasmina Lazic Bayes Centre, University of Edinburgh
Jennifer Smillie Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics
John Innes Leonardo MW
Luigi Del Debbio The University of Edinburgh
Manuela Cirilli CERN
Mark Owen Tindeco Financial Services
Matthew Needham University of Edinburgh
Michael Camilleri University of Edinburgh
Michael Rovatsos University of Edinburgh
Mildred Aduamoah MIGSAA
Moritz Damm The Data Lab
Norberto Laghi Tindeco Financial Services AG
Oskar Dondelewski Aston Martin
Panagiotis Kaklamanos Unversity of Edinburgh
Peter Foele University of Strathclyde
Rachel Bray CERN
Richard Kenway University of Edinburgh
Robert Tweedie Blackford Analysis Ltd.
Roberto Pellegrini Amazon
Sarah Lonsdale School of Physics and Astronomy
Stuart Wilson Nvidia
Thomas Carter University of Edinburgh
Tiffany Vlaar University of Edinburgh (MIGSAA)
Timothy Hurst University of Edinburgh/ Heriot Watt University
Vicky Ingram Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA)
Weimin Song STFC-RAL

Beyond the lab

Higgs Centre Workshop
The Higgs Centre for Innovation