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Tour 3
“The Cutting Edge” 

Modern Industries & Innovation


In recent years technology has led Scotland's growth with microelectronics companies locating across the country in what has become known as 'Silicon Glen'. Biotechnology has also been a key industry based on expertise developed in the whisky industry and the international reputation of medical schools such as the University of Edinburgh.  With the emergence of creative industries and digital technology, Scotland once again is spearheading exciting new developments of international significance.

The tour might include:

Day 1

Alba centre. presentation and tour. Providing business accommodation and support, the centre was created in partnership with government, industry and academia to provide a world-class centre for the electronic and related design industries of the future.

St Andrews University lunch with commercialisation representative and tour of Photonics Innovation Centre

Dundee Technology Park Biotechnology. Biotechnology is a dynamic modern industry with much to offer actual and potential customers on an international basis. BioDundee has been established as a partnership between all those involved within the sector, to ensure that issues are addressed and actions taken which will enable life sciences in Dundee.

Home to the Scottish Games Alliance, the Tayside region has made a recent bid to become the new digital media capital with support from Interactive Tayside, a partnership between public private and academic sectors. Overnight in Angus

Day 2

Scotland is blessed with natural energy resources – including large, unexplored reserves of oil and gas. Thanks to our long coastline and exposure to wind, wave and tidal power, Scotland has Europe’s richest renewable energy resource.  Aberdeen is the ‘The Energy Capital of Europe’ and there are more than 400 internationally owned companies operating in the City of Aberdeen, with more than 800 technology based companies throughout the Grampian region

Aberdeen Science and Energy Park (formerly known as Aberdeen Offshore Technology Park) lies to the north of city, in the Bridge of Don area. It offers workspace accommodation and support for companies developing new products and services for use in the energy and other technology sectors.

Subsea UK, is the organisation set up in Aberdeen to harness and promote the vast subsea expertise within the United Kingdom. It provides a national forum for collaboration, diversification, commercialisation of technology and co-ordinated marketing at home and overseas.

ITI Energy has £150 million to fund and manage early stage technology research and development programmes across the energy spectrum, from mature oil and gas, power networks and energy storage, through to renewables and clean energy. Established in 2004 as an initiative of Scottish Enterprise, it is one of three divisions of ITI Scotland Ltd

Day 3

As Scotland 's fossil fuel resources dwindle and the associated industry declines, substantial economic and environmental opportunities exist for Scotland to lead the world in harnessing its renewable energy resources.

Visit Hydro Electric Centre, Pitlochry
At the Scottish and Southern Energy Visitor Centre in Pitlochry, Perthshire, you can see how the hydro generation schemes were built and how SSE has developed its generation portfolio over the past 60 years,tracing the history of hydro generation in Scotland from its origins in the 1940s to its current £250m refurbishment programme.

Meeting at Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Stirling
SEPA is Scotland’s environmental regulator and adviser, responsible to the Scottish Parliament through Ministers. As well as its role in controlling pollution, it works with others to protect and improve our environment.

Visit a Wind Farm south of Edinburgh
Dun Law Wind Farm: A 26 turbine 18MW wind farm, developed by Scottish Power, each tower being 40metres/131feet high at the western end of the Lammermuir Hills. Nine turbines lie to the East of the A68, the others to the West.