Innovation Strategies


The Scottish Government announced an upcoming Innovation Strategy for Scotland in 2022, with a Call for Evidence to which many organisations responded. What are the key challenges for promoting innovation in Scotland, and how will the new strategy tackle these? What are the key contributions needed from the Scottish Government, industry, higher education and others? What can Scotland learn from a similar strategy in Wales, and how does this fit in with plans of the UK Government?

To explore these questions, the Foundation for Science and Technology held an event on 7 November 2022 at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. The speakers were Ivan McKee MSP, then Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, Scottish Government; Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde, and President of the Royal Academy of Engineering; Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland; Dr Deborah O’Neil, Chief Executive Officer & Scientific Officer, NovaBiotics; and Professor Rick Delbridge, Professor of Organisational Analysis, Cardiff Business School.

A video recording, presentation slides and speaker audio from the event are available on the FST website at: 


An innovation strategy for Wales 

National Manufacturing Institute 

Scotland’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation 

UK Innovation Strategy


Fraunhofer UK Research –with Simon Andrews, Executive Director of Fraunhofer UK Research