Scottish Microscopy Society Database

Support a national network to create a new database for microscopy facilities in Scotland, to work beyond barriers and encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary research. SULSA will provide funding to support our exceptional facilities, their staff and the researchers that use them.

For more information please contact Scottish Microscopy at and visit the Scottish Microscopy website.

Research and Innovation Scotland

Working across the Research Pools and Innovation Centres to explore connectivity and opportunities to facilitate transformative and innovative research. A new webpage will be launched this summer and throughout the year we will be working across disciplines, to deliver strategic workshops and activities, in growth areas as well as those of high societal benefit.

For more information please contact Alison Dun at

Reducing Inequality and Increasing Diversity

An ECR-led initiative looking at identifying where the key issues lie and understanding what SULSA can do to address them.

For further information please contact Alison Hughes at

Graduate Employability Masterclasses

A scheme developed by the Glasgow Economic Leadership (GEL) Life Sciences Skills Theme group in 2014, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, as part of the Life and Chemical Sciences Skills Investment Plan. The scheme aims to raise the number of ‘industry ready’ graduates and encourage more young people to choose a career in the Life Sciences sector. SULSA has joined the organising committee (alongside Dr Kevin Moore, OBE and Dr Ronnie Palin) to increase the number of Universities receiving the scheme and incorporate our Scottish Innovation Centres into the program. Classes in the planning stages for early 2021 in Semester 2.

For further information please contact Alison Dun at

Scotland’s Life Science Landscape

SULSA aims to create an interactive map depicting the landscape of our life science expertise within our Universities and across our Industries. This would serve as a tool for collaboration and celebrate the opportunities here in Scotland within this sector.

For further information please contact Alison Dun at

Staff Involvement in Scotland’s Response to C-19

SULSA Director, Professor Mike Barrett, helped establish the Lighthouse Laboratory in Glasgow, part of the UK’s network of laboratories screening for Covid19 and has continued leading scientific developments there. He has also continued in life long learning, for example updating the University of the third age in Helensburgh on the global and local situation for Covid19.

Bio+Business Networking Series

A Bio+Business Networking series will launch in Spring 2021, bringing business leaders, entrepreneurs and life scientists together to drive research and innovation at the life science interface. The rotation of the events across Universities will allow for each to have its own regional focus which draws on clusters of strength. The events will be inclusive; welcoming all career stages and types from academia and business. Leading up to this event will be a series of virtual meetings, the first around the topic on Infection in September.

For further information please contact Rebecca Goss at