This blog was written by Dr Gillian Murray, Heriot-Watt University Deputy Principal, Enterprise and Business. Heriot-Watt are a Strategic Partner of Forum 2021.

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As the world strives to recover from the devastating impact of the global pandemic, university academics are playing a huge role in exploring how research and innovation is catalysing industries and framing the jobs of tomorrow – through artificial intelligence, robotics, net zero, energy and health.

Our ambitious Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre run by Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer of Heriot-Watt University aims to help companies transition away from traditional carbon fuels into low carbon infrastructures.  The research and evidence we are working through will shape society and economies at local and global scales.

By sharing our learning, we are contributing to the world’s green economic recovery and helping governments consider how to manage the transition to ‘green jobs’, an area of focus during COP26.

Our National Robotarium, a world-leading research facility for robotics and artificial intelligence, has developed technologies that are already changing our lives, so it’s important to understand how to upskill and reskill the workforce to adapt to a high-tech future.

Research and innovation is fundamental to spark new ideas and create the innovative products of the future.  University academics are at the forefront of driving global recovery and growth by re-imagining the future and exploring how to achieve solutions to address global challenges.

The result? We’re helping to shape both the industries and jobs of the future, while defining the skills, lifelong learning and entrepreneurial mindsets needed from the global workforce to grow future economies.

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