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3rd September 2014

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200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5SG (2 Sept 2014)

Jurys Inn, Aberdeen AB11 5RG (3 Sept 2014)

9.00am-5.00pm (with options to attend for morning only)

  • Do you have an idea you want progress within your business?
  • Do you need access to expertise, manpower or resources to progress R&D at a pace you would like?
  • Could you benefit from an external team of project managers and academic researchers to help you innovate?
  • If the answer is ‘Yes’ then this event is definitely for you.


CENSIS is the Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems (SIS); a centre of excellence enabling industry to work with university research teams on market-focused SIS innovation, developing products and services for global markets.

In sensor and imaging systems, Scotland has a dynamic and innovative user base and a robust supply chain. The research capability residing in our universities produces world-class outputs. However, there is still a gap between university research and industrial uptake: CENSIS bridges this gap, forming tripartite project teams to work on collaborative industry-led projects.

CENSIS also has its own in-house technical capability in system design and project management.

About the Event

Aimed at companies of any size operating in, or interested in, sensor and imaging systems technologies, this event will explain how to work with CENSIS and university experts to progress your R&D ideas within 6-18 month projects. You’ll also find out how to influence longer-term research in universities, tackling common challenges and needs identified by the market.

With over 140 companies working in sensor system technologies in Scotland and generating over £2.5Bn per year to the economy, find our how companies like yours can further benefit from working with CENSIS to develop new products or services, or break in to new markets.

Morning Session: 9.00am-2.00pm

The team from CENSIS will share with you the strategic and operational objectives of the Special Interest Groups and how they link in with your business. You will hear more about our in-house technical capability, and how the Technical Group supports activity to ensure your project is managed towards an agreed outcome and can be taken to market.

After coffee our Business Development Director will walk you through the business opportunities within the scope of CENSIS, and explain the ways in which industry-led technical challenges are managed with academic researchers and the CENSIS team. Our partners at SE will outline the funding opportunities available to support collaborative R&D activity.

Finally, you will be given an overview of our skills and training activity, including paid secondments between industry and universities.

Afternoon Session: 2.00-5.00pm

After lunch, our Project Clinics give you the chance to talk to us about opportunities or challenges your company has identified.

No matter whether your idea is at an early or advanced stage of development, our technical and business development staff will be on hand to chat with you about your idea and how you plan to exploit it.

Our clinic sessions are limited so it is important to submit your idea to us beforehand in order to allow us to undertake a preliminary assessment. We’ll then write to you with your clinic appointment time. These initial appointments will last 25-30 minutes.

Clinic Times: 14:00 / 14:30 / 15:00 / 15:30 / 16:00 / 16:30

Aims & Objectives

At the end of the morning session, you will have an understanding of the:

  • Types of projects CENSIS can fund and our process for developing and shaping ideas into fundable project proposals with external funding providers
  • Roles and responsibilities of the Spokes (special interest groups)
  • Different ways in which CENSIS can partner with you and the universities
  • Capability, capacity and roles of the CENSIS engineering team
  • Practicalities of creating a collaborative R&D project with CENSIS
  • Role of Scottish Enterprise and other external funding providers in supporting R&D

Who Should Attend?

The event is intended for businesses of any size developing, or interested in, sensor and imaging systems technologies or its component parts within the supply chain.


08:45Registration and Coffee
09:30Welcome to CENSIS_Ian Reid   01Welcome_Ian Reid
09:45Scott Wilson_SE Sensor Systems 04CRD_Scott Wilson
10:15CENSIS Overview_Ian Reid 03CENSISOverview_Ian Reid
10:45Building collaborative R&D projects
11:45CENSIS Technical Group Derek Liddle 05Hub_Derek Liddle
12:00Project Management Pauline Marshall 06PM_Pauline Marshall
12:15CENSIS Spokes_Steve Beaumont 08Spokes_Steve Beaumont
12:30Doing Business with CENSIS_Ian Reid 07IP_Ian Reid
12:45Skills and Training_Sian Williams 09Skills_Sian Williams
13:00Lunch and Networking


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