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Minister to debate ‘tech nation’ opportunities prior to InnoScot Health webinar appearance

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Posted: 24-January-2024

Innovation Minister Richard Lochhead will be leading a parliamentary debate on ‘Scotland as a Technology Nation’ prior to his guest speaker slot during InnoScot Health’s January webinar

The Government debate can be viewed on Scottish Parliament TV on Thursday 25 January and will see Mr Lochhead exploring the importance of technology in shaping Scotland’s future.

He said: “Technology and technological innovation play a key role in almost every aspect of modern-day life and is critical to the development of a high wage, modern economy that is able to meet the challenges of the 21st century and deliver a fairer, greener world for its citizens.

“The debate will celebrate and focus upon the successes, opportunities and challenges associated with a number of high-tech industries in Scotland including space, fintech, life sciences, robotics, AI, and quantum and photonics.”

The minister said it would also “reflect upon the global changes witnessed since the inception of the Scottish Parliament as well as looking forward and considering what major technological changes and innovations could mean for Scotland’s future and that of its people.”

MSP Mr Lochhead is expected to shed light on Scotland’s plans to elevate its global performance in health and life sciences, data, and digital technologies during InnoScot Health’s webinar on Wednesday 31 January from 12-12.45pm, entitled Collectively realising the ambition to make Scotland one of the most innovative small nations in the world.

The free to join session will also see the minister discussing the ambitions that underpin the Scottish Government’s National Innovation Strategy 2023 to 2033.

The interactive ‘lunch & learn’ webinar will be introduced and led by InnoScot Health’s Head of Innovation Robert Rea and Innovation Manager for the North of Scotland Leigh Mair.

Leigh said: “The minister’s parliamentary debate and subsequent webinar appearance will together form part of the same narrative – that of Scotland having a real opportunity to excel in so many areas of innovation, and healthcare being a huge beneficiary of the nation’s forward thinkers working in life sciences, robotics, AI, and more.”

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Join InnoScot Health for its first webinar of 2024, Collectively realising the ambition to make Scotland one of the most innovative small nations in the world.


During InnoScot Health’s January session, the Innovation Minister will discuss the ambitions that underpin the Scottish Government’s National Innovation Strategy 2023 to 2033.


He will be joined by Carrie Thomson, the Chief Scientist Office’s Programme Lead for Innovation and Collaboration, as well as Digital Lifelines Scotland Portfolio Lead with the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI).

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