Research Frontiers: The Water Challenge

Published: 11 June 2015

Postgraduate research students and early-career researchers are invited to be part of the University’s first Innovation Challenge.

We’d like to invite you to be part of the University’s first Innovation Challenge, writes Jamie Gallagher, Public Engagement Officer at the University of Glasgow.

We know that research can work best when we work together and look at things from different perspectives that is are why the University has created the Innovation Challenge. We are looking for researchers from across the University to work together to spark innovation, collaboration and new ways of thinking. 

The theme of the event will be based around water and global water problems. You don’t have to work in a related area; we want knowledge, experience and enthusiasm from all Schools and backgrounds.

We’ll introduce you to industry partners, policy makers, experts and influencers and over two and a half days work together in tackling some big problems in creative ways.

The Water Challenge is open to postgraduate research students and early-career researchers.

Applications close on 16th June (5pm).


Date and Time: Thursday 9 July: 6-9pm
Venue:  The Tall Ship, next to the Riverside Museum
Hear from some inspirational speakers and meet the other participants over drinks and dinner.

Date and Time: Friday 10 July: 9.30am-8pm &
Saturday : 9.30am-4pm
Venue: University of Glasgow
Time to get started on your ideas, with mentoring, advice and skill sessions available from a variety of guests and experts.

Find out about funding to make your project sustainable, compelling ways to present something and bring others on board, how to design a prototype or write a business plan… You choose the bits that are most meaningful for you. We think that the best learning will come from sharing ideas with the other participants.

We will finish with presentations on the Saturday from each of the teams.


Each member of the winning team will receive a £150 cash prize and we will have trophies and spot prizes for creativity and passion. There is also opportunities to present your work at further prestigious events and locations.

Register now: The Water Challenge Event 

If you have any questions please contact us at or on 0141 248 6516

Research Students will be eligible for two transferable skills training credits for full participation over the course of the event.

First published: 11 June 2015

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