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University of Edinburgh statement in support of the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre proposal to the UK Government  We fully support the proposal by the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) led by Nesta for a strategic investment in a UK Centre for AI and the Creative Industries as a part of the…

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More people could be protected from life-threatening rabies thanks to an agile approach to dog vaccination using smart phone technology to spot areas of low vaccination coverage in real time. Vets used a smart phone app to help them halve the time it takes to complete dog vaccination programmes in the Malawian city of Blantyre.…

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A mobile app has been launched to help embed women’s rights in peace negotiations in the Arab world and beyond. Researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh and Monash in Australia and InclusivePeace in Geneva, have developed the data and technology to provide vital information on gender issues for those mediating peace processes. The PeaceFem app…

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The Data-Driven Innovation initiative has contributed to a major Scottish government report on the economic recovery from Covid-19. In June, the Scottish Government Advisory Group on Economic Recovery published their report “Towards a Robust, Resilient Wellbeing Economy for Scotland” outlining 25 recommendations to structure Scotland’s recovery from Covid-19. The report outlined three major challenges; inequality,…

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World-first collaboration between University of Edinburgh, FDATA and Fintech Scotland receives grant from UK Government The new Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence, an independent collaboration between governments and regulators, the financial services industry and academia, has been awarded a £22.5m grant from UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund. The Centre is a…

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A host of projects have received funding from the Data-Driven Innovation initiative to support local responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. Almost a quarter of a million pounds has been awarded to 19 projects that will use data-based approaches to benefit businesses, communities and services in Edinburgh and South-East Scotland.   Data innovations Projects include initiatives…

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Scotland’s digital technology sector continued to grow in 2019 with an increase in sales and profit margins, according to the latest annual industry survey from ScotlandIS.  Despite Covid-19, many firms have identified opportunities for growth over the next nine months. Approximately one third of those surveyed believe business opportunities will rise due to increased or…

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Students from eight of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities are joining forces to develop computer-based solutions to address Covid-19. The 10-day hackathon involves more than 100 students, working in small teams, to find answers to four Covid-19 related issues. The challenges are linked to traveller safety, minimising food waste, ensuring privacy in a digital world, and…

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