Scotland at the heart of meeting global challenges

Join us at the Scottish Parliament to celebrate the role of Scottish research in tackling Sustainable Development Goals.

Scotland is among the top countries in the world for research productivity and impact, with its 19 universities and higher education institutions, and world leading research centres, staffed by some of the brightest scientists from across the world.

These scientists collaborate with other researchers to tackle some of the world’s most complex and critical challenges. These challenges are characterised through the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs aim to transform our world. They are a call to action to end poverty and inequality, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy health, justice and prosperity. Scotland’s research environment will be crucial in meeting these goals.

The event, kindly hosted by Clare Adamson MSP, will bring together Scottish researchers and policymakers from throughout the country, to celebrate the contribution that Scotland has made to meeting the SDGs and outline the major challenges and opportunities yet to be addressed.


  • Dr Cat Ball, Scottish Funding Council
  • Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for HE and FE, Youth Employment and Training
  • Professor Derek Scott, University of Aberdeen and The Physiological Society
  • Professor Charlie Withers FRSE, RSE Research Awards Convener
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Wednesday February 8th, 2023 18:00-20:00


The Scottish Parliament





Dr C?at Ball
Jamie Hepburn MSP
P?rofessor Derek Scott