Conference 2018

Connect – Collaborate – Communicate

Co-cheangail - Co-obraich - Com-pàrtaich

11-13 December 2018 - Perth College UHI

The event is open to all university staff, and especially to those who are already research active or simply interested in developing their own research activity, and postgraduate (research) students. The conference is intended to give research active colleagues the chance to:

  • Plenary presentations on national and international 'hot' research issues
  • Showcase your research with presentations, poster presentations and training sessions
  • Learn about, and engage with, the university’s research clusters
  • Receive updates on the latest research developments across the university
  • Hear presentations from external speakers
  • Excellent networking opportunity - meet colleagues from across the university
  • Attend information and training workshops and sessions
  • Learn about research related systems, policies and processes
  • Discover tools to help your research and research practices
  • Attend the conference dinner (pre-registration essential)

For updates on Twitter for the 2018 conference follow @UHI_Research, use/search tag #UHIRC2018


General enquiries and contacts

General enquiries and contacts

General enquiries and requests for accomodation, island travel assistance or dietry requirements should all be directed to 

University of the Highlands and Islands,
Executive Office, 
Ness Walk, 

Telephone;  01463 279347

Call for research presentations now open

Call for research presentations now open

Presentations can be from any discipline area, and colleagues are encouraged to incorporate examples of research that have been (or are) collaborative and that have generated (or have potential to generate) ‘impact’.

This year, we would like to invite anyone who is interested in making a presentation to do the following:

  1. Complete and return the Presentation or poster application form to the conference organisers using  by 17 October 2018.
  2. Sign-up to attend the conference on-line when registrations are opened.

A small panel will meet the following week to agree the presentations that should be delivered at the Conference, and you will be notified about this by Friday 26 October together with further details being provided to those colleagues who are being asked to present.

Presentations from both staff and students (and especially a combination of the two) are encouraged.

Presentations may be made on research projects that are at any stage, i.e. formative through to completed.

Note: if it is intended to present a conference paper in a language other than English, it is important to advise the organisers about this at the point of application. This will enable simultaneous translation to be arranged at the relevant session(s), if and where possible.

Call for research posters now open

Call for research posters now open

An important aspect of the conference is the chance for staff and students (individually or together) to present something about the research they have been undertaking. Throughout the conference there will be a display of research posters in the conference public area, including the opportunity to vote for the best poster with prizes awarded on the final day.

Anyone interested in preparing and displaying a Poster should do the following:

  1. Complete and return the Presentation or poster application form to the conference organisers using  by 26 October 2018.
  2. Sign-up to attend the conference on-line when registrations are opened.

As with previous years, there will be 2 prizes available for the best staff and student posters, as voted for by conference attendees. The prizes will be awarded at the end of the Conference, in the closing session.

It is requested that colleagues who are presenting posters will also provide a digital image of the poster (as a .jpeg file please) to the organisers because it is intended to put these together into a rolling display on terminals throughout the venue. In this way, conference attendees will get the chance to see posters displayed in at least 2 ways throughout the conference, thereby enhancing visibility.

Please note that it is acceptable to present a paper and also to present a poster at the conference.

Research Showcase sessions

Research Showcase sessions

There will be 2 research showcase sections in this year’s conference, on Thursday 13 December running from:

9.15 a.m. – 10.15 a.m.

11.45 a.m. – 12.45 p.m.

Each Showcase section will be divided into 4 parallel sessions, and it is expected that there will be an opportunity for 4 presentations in each of those parallel sessions, each of approximately 12-13 minutes, in order to allow a bit of time for Q&As and for changeover of presenters.

Although the showcase sessions have initially been divided thematically, it is intended that the diversity of research across the University should be celebrated, and so the sessions are likely to be of mixed content in several cases.

Opening plenary speaker - Professor Lesley Yellowlees CBE

Opening plenary speaker - Professor Lesley Yellowlees CBE

The opening plenary speaker is Professor Lesley Yellowlees, CBE, FRSE, HonFRSC, chair of SFC RKEC, Professor of Inorganic Electrochemistry (University of Edinburgh), and first female president of the Royal Society of Chemistry 2012–14.

The title of her talk is "From there to here, and what comes next: A personal academic journey and reflections on the potential for researchers in Scottish HEI in the future".

Professor Yellowlees Edinburgh University profile

Professor Yellowlees SFC profile

Professor Yellowlees Royal Society profile

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers

All keynotes addresses are scheduled for the morning of DAY 2 (12th December)

What is Happening in the Research Scene across the UK, and what challenges and opportunities does this bring?  
Ian Brotherston (Head of Government Engagement, Innovate UK).

Research, Knowledge Exchange and Impact in Scotland. An SFC perspective
Dr Stuart Fancey, Director of Research and Innovation, Scottish Funding Council for Further and Higher Education.

Research In UHI – Past, Present and future…(including engagements with REF, UKRI and so on)  
Professor Neil Simco, UHI VP Research & Impact Session chaired by Michael Rayner, Dean of Research, (note: the session will include some time for Q&As).

These sessions will conclude with a Q&A Panel Session - the panel, comprising the 3 speakers from the morning’s plenaries,  will consider questions from the participants; Session chaired by Michael Rayner, Dean of Research.

Information tables

Information tables

During the conference there will be an array of information points set out; these will be staffed by members of the appropriate teams to ensure access to experts in various research support functions.  

More details of the subjects, groups, departments and software available at these tables will be released in the coming months.

Accommodation and travel

Accommodation and travel

Accommodation will be provided in 3 hotels in the city of Perth. The conference dinner will be in Perth College, in the early evening on the 12th, preceded by a drinks reception and networking opportunity.

Please note: there is no conference fee and all accommodation plus meals during the event are included for all registered delegates. However, if you sign up for the dinner and do not then attend, a charge of £35 will be levied.

Accommodation/dietry requirements should be requested when registering.

There will also be some assistance provided for those travelling to the conference from the islands. Please email the conference organisers at  if you have a request for island travel assistance. 

Getting to Perth and the conference venue

Getting to Perth and the conference venue

Map of Perth College UHI campus:  PC campus map.pdf

The main conference venue will be the new Academy of Sport and Wellbeing sports hall, coloured red in the above campus map.

More detail on travel to and from Perth and getting around Perth.