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Leading Ideas Hub 2 - Knowledge Exchange in Practice

Leading Ideas Hub 2 - Knowledge Exchange in Practice

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Free to attend, this event brings together a range of knowledge exchange professionals to share tips and advice on best practice.

Join us for a day-long, in-person workshop exploring leading ideas on the purpose and practice of knowledge exchange, organised by SEFARI Gateway (the Scottish Government funded Centre of Expertise for Knowledge Exchange and Innovation), the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the Scottish Policy & Research Exchange.

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During the event, we will hear from a range of knowledge exchange experts, who'll engage in dialogue to facilitate learning across the themes of relationships, equity, impact and learning from past experience. Topics we, and the inaugural Leading Ideas Hub (September 2022) attendees, felt are important to explore further.

We anticipate the event will be of interest to anyone involved in knowledge exchange e.g., researchers, policy professionals and knowledge exchange practitioners. Delegates will be able to make connections and share ideas and experiences with professionals across Scotland’s environment, food, and agriculture communities.

Consequently, we are pleased to invite you to attend 'Leading Ideas Hub 2 - Relational Approaches to Knowledge Exchange in Practice'.

The event will take place in-person at the Caledonian Hall, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (RBGE) on the 3rd of October 2023.

Tickets are available on a first come first served basis. Please register here.

If you have any questions about this event please email:


The event outline is:

10:00-10:20 Arrival & Welcome from Event Hosts - Dr Michelle Wilson Chalmers (SEFARI Gateway), Dr Alex Davey (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh), Dr Dave Blackbell (Scottish Policy & Research Exchange) and Briana Pegado (Freelance Consultant)

Briana will facilitate group discussions during Sessions 1-4.

10:20-11:20 Session 1 - Impact - Speakers: Dr Max French (Northumbria University) and Dr Clementine Hill O’Connor (University of Glasgow)

11:20-11:50 Break

11:50-12:50 Session 2 - Equity - Speakers: Dr Sam Staddon (University of Edinburgh) and Prof Deb Roberts (The James Hutton Institute)

12:50-13:50 Lunch

13:50-14:50 Session 3 - Relationships - Speakers: Lewis Hou (Science Ceilidh) and Dr Emma Bush (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh)

14:50-15:20 Break

15:20-16:50 Session 4 - Sharing the Learning - Speaker: Dr Charles Bestwick (SEFARI Gateway)

16:50-17:00 Close



The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), EH3 5LP, is just one mile north of Princes Street and the venue can be best accessed via the East Gate on Inverleith Row.

The Caledonian Hall, built in 1842, overlooks the Garden’s famous Rock Garden near the East Gate and is wheelchair accessible.



The nearest railway station is Edinburgh Waverley Station which is 1.5 miles away from the RBGE.

The number 8 bus from North Bridge, or the 23 and 27 from The Mound or Hanover Street all stop on Inverleith Row near the East Gate of the Garden.

Bicycle stands are also located at the East Gate.

Limited paid parking is available on Arboretum Place, Inverleith Terrace and Inverleith Row, opposite the East Gate.