Scottish Innovation Exhibition Hits Funding Milestone

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“We must inspire the next generation of problem-solvers and creative thinkers,” said Stephen Breslin, Glasgow Science Centre’s chief executive.

A “groundbreaking” exhibition from the Glasgow Science Centre has hit a significant milestone in its funding project.

The exhibition, ‘Idea #59: We are all Innovators’, due to open next year, has announced that 18 backers including the Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Skyscanner have been confirmed.

The organisations have pledged to provide financial and in-kind support to the project, which aims to showcase the very best of Scottish innovation.

Described as an interactive educational exhibit designed to nurture critical 21st century skills, the exhibition is intended to recognise the ability and need of the Scots to continue to innovate, adapt and invent.

Dr Stephen Breslin, Glasgow Science Centre’s chief executive, said: “‘Idea #59: We are all Innovators’ is aiming to inspiring everyone – from children to adults – to consider the future and their place in it as our society is transformed by technology and innovation.


“For our nation to continue to innovate, to adapt and to invent we must inspire the next generation of problem-solvers and creative thinkers, and a visit to Idea #59 will empower people to learn more about the circular economy and how our world is changing.

“With a focus on 21st century skills, visitors will come away with a greater confidence in being able to grasp the opportunities of the future and navigate its challenges.

“For example, sensors, robotics and digital systems including Big Data, AI, Precision Medicine and the Internet of Things are changing the way we produce and consume high value products and services as the merging of human intelligence and the digital world gathers pace to transform the global economy.

“Similarly, advances in biotechnology have created substitutes for petroleum whereby ‘bioplastics’ are being made with the same physical and chemical properties as regular plastic, but with far fewer carbon emissions during production.”

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Ivan McKee, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, said: “Scotland has a rich heritage of innovation – from ATMs to ultrasound, our inventions have helped shape the modern world.

“Innovating is part of our DNA, and with the world now changing faster than ever, it’s even more important for Scotland to continue to stay at the cutting edge.

“I’m delighted to hear that ‘Idea#59: We Are All Innovators’ will open next year, and I’m confident the exhibition will help to inspire our future generations of innovators.

“Innovation works for companies by improving business practices, products, processes and profits; it works for our people by improving and enriching lives; and it works for Scotland by driving growth and productivity. I look forward to visiting the exhibition when it opens next year.”

Organisations providing support to the exhibition: 

Scottish Government
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Funding Council
Zero Waste Scotland
Royal Navy
M Squared
RS Components
University of Glasgow
CENSIS (Centre for Excellence for Sensor and Imaging Technologies)
Construction Scotland Innovation Centre
Digital Health & Care Institute
Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre
Stratified Medicine Scotland – Innovation Centre
The Data Lab

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