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1 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Knowledge Exchange from Scottish Government Research Programmes in Rural and Environmental Science Ron Stagg Research and Science Division Scottish Government

2 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University RERAD Research Strategic Research –main research providers –programmes of research –strategic partnerships Centres of expertise –EPIC Contract research fund –Competitive –Largely policy led Providers –Macaulay –Scottish Crop –Moredun –SAC –Rowett –[RBGE]

3 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Current Programmed Research Sustainable and profitable agriculture: plants Sustainable and profitable agriculture: animals Environm ent, land use and rural steward- ship Impacts on human health Responding to climate change Protecting biodiversity Environmental, social and economic sustainability Cross cutting themes

4 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Strategic Partnerships Co- funded projects with DEFRA LINK EU co-funded projects through ERANETS LWEC projects Contribution to BBSRC food security programme Rural land use study – exemplar for integrated research Technology Strategy Board

5 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Role of science Evidence – improving policy and public services Innovation – improving existing business and spinning out new ones Improved skills Attracting inward R&D investment

6 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Landscape Global context Financial challenges Policy need Governments agenda

7 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Global Challenges Environmental and climate change Population growth Technological change Increased consumption Food, energy and water securities Ecosystem infrastructure and biodiversity Infectious disease Equity and poverty alleviation PressureState

8 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Scotland Performs A single purpose “ To focus government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth”

9 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Purpose Targets

10 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University The evidence highway cameras

11 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Headline Themes –Local responses to global change –Optimising the potential of Scotland’s natural assets –National Capability Partners –Deer Commission Scotland –Food Standards Agency in Scotland –Forestry Commission Scotland –Quality Meat Scotland –Scottish Environment Protection Agency –Scottish Government –Scottish Natural Heritage –Scottish Water

12 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Cameras Board Effective co-ordination of science and research activities by: Identifying opportunities for joint working; Facilitating effective communication between the partners and suppliers Joint working and knowledge exchange to increase efficiency and effectiveness; Developing coordinated science and research strategies; Joint horizon scanning and foresight

13 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University CAMERAS Community Overarching vision and science framework Better use of Observations & evidence Communication and networking Better commissioning decisions Monitoring Strategy Rural/Environment Strategy Marine Strategy CAMERAS conference Briefings search/About/EBAR/CAMERASsite

14 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Innovation Drugs for inflammatory bowel disease DNA fingerprinting and water quality Vaccines for livestock diseases Novel grazing solutions for worm control 3D landscape visualisation

15 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Route to Impact Licensing e.g. new vaccines or crop varieties; Partnership working –private companies to develop new market-ready products, –academic sector to advance research; Stakeholder engagement –proactive engagement with target beneficiaries, –knowledge exchange and awareness raising Policy advice –evidence to inform policy development –local, regional and national

16 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Policy Transmission MRP: Macaulay Land Use Institute Research Area: Water management and diffuse pollution control e.g. nutrients Transmission: Knowledge exchange by providing expert inputs into political decision making e.g. Scottish soils strategy, EU water framework directive, CAP Impact: Environmental benefits through improved understanding of how pollution impacts on water quality and effective strategies to mitigate. Licensing Transmission MRP: Scottish Crop Research Institute Research Area: Improved varieties of potatoes Transmission: Licensed via spin out company to UK and international propagators and growers taking it the varieties to market Impact: Generating new growth, safeguarding existing activity. Estimated contribution £11M to scotland in 2008 Case Studies

17 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Potential Impact MRP: Rowett Institute Research Area: Protein versus carbohydrate diets Transmission: Knowledge exchange via policy, parliamentary committees and public engagement Impact: Potential reduction in the rate of certain conditions such as colorectal cancer and inflammatory disease currently affecting 1 in 500 Scots Actual Impact MRP: Moredun Research Institute Research Area: Development of a vaccine for Pasteurella which accounts for 55% of pneumonia cases in cattle Transmission: Commercial partner and licence Impact: Prevention of fatality and losses in livestock. Cattle: £1.5M Sheep £16M pa Case Studies

18 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Future Research – context Integrated approach to food, diet and health Food, water and energy security Sustainable and efficient use of land Opportunities and risks posed by environmental change Productive and sustainable farming

19 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Evolution from current position Governments single purpose Need for better co-ordination across government – CAMERAS Develop the capacity for integrated policy advice –Multidisciplinary and cross provider working Widening the end user community –Centres of expertise Knowledge Exchange –Policy, Education and Innovation

20 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Research Programmes Scientific evidence to meet policy needs in the longer term 5-25 years Multidisciplinary, integrated and collaborative Crossing boundaries between natural science, social science and economics Builds on progress made through cross cutting themes in current programmes

21 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Programme Themes Environment Scotland’s environmental assets are managed effectively to optimise resilience and adaptation to local and global change. Resilient and efficient supply chains for water and energy. Technologies and management tools to deliver greater benefits from rural land use and increased resilience to change. Rural industries resilient to global and local change Rural Industries & Food Resilient and efficient supply chains for food Animal and Plant Health and Disease Healthy safe diets Vibrant rural communities LWEC Local Response to Global Change Food Security Optimising the Potential of Scotland’s natural Assets

22 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Citations per paper in Agricultural Sciences (From THE 2009) 22

23 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Annual % change in Agricultural GDP (OECD) 23

24 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Bohr quadrant Low High Quest for fundamental understanding Consideration of use Pasteur quadrant Edison quadrant Common person quadrant Pasteur’s quadrant

25 KT Scotland Conference Heriot-Watt University Thank you and questions Detail at: /About/EBAR/StrategicResearch/future- research-strategy


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