Knowledge exchange (KE) is a process which brings together researchers, users of research and industry to exchange ideas, evidence and expertise. SICSA aims to ensure that we exploit and enhance the research capabilities and reputation of Scottish universities to promote an international presence in the field of Informatics and Computing Science research. Our goal is to assist researchers at all levels so that they are able to make a greater economic and social impact. 

Our Vision:
The SICSA Knowledge Exchange strategy focuses on four key principals:
  • Inspire: entrepreneurial awareness 
  • Equip: researchers with entrepreneurial training 
  • Exchange: Facilitate early career researchers’ engagement with business and industry 
  • Nurture: Business development support 
Our Programmes: 
SICSA works closely with Technology Transfer Offices within SICSA institutions and also offers a broad programme of activities and significant funding to encourage exchange between researchers and business. 

SICSA offers a portfolio of KE initiatives aimed at both early stage researchers and early career researchers working in Scotland. These include: 
Our Projects: 
  • Data Science. Employing research excellence in the challenges of analysis, management, understanding and use of data. 
  • Smart Tourism. Applying digital technologies to improve the tourist's experience in Scotland.  Please contact for any queries relating to the Smart Tourism project. 
SICSA supports the Scottish Universities coordinated technology transfer initiative: University Technology - Invented in Scotland.  
Our Partners:
SICSA works closely with Informatics Ventures who inspire and develop globally ambitious software start-ups across Scotland via a range of activities and events including the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme; Ignite entrepreneurship training programme; The MIT Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP); Demofest; EIE (Engage, Invest, Exploit), among many others.

SICSA works in partnership with Informatics Ventures and ScotlandIS to deliver DEMOfest; an annual technology showcase bringing together Scottish ICS researchers and representatives from industry.  

View the show-reel for DEMOfest 2013 below: