WEEK 3 SUMMARY: ORKNEY ISLANDS

WEEK 3: ORKNEY ISLANDS

This page provides a summary of the user logs input by the programme participants for the workshops and field work attended in Week 3 in Orkney. These included the following locations:

  • Aquatera
  • Tour of Stromness and Stromness Museum.
  • ICIT – Heriot Watt University.
  • Hammers Hill
  • SME
  • Scotrenewables
  • The University of Highlands and Islands – Orkney College.
  • Flotta island Oil refinery

The information was individually uploaded to the portal by the researchers at the end of each work day. The portal allowed the filling in of both questionnaire type information as well as individuals’ observations in the participants’ own words.

There were three main sections for the data which are: Sustainable Development Goals; Learning Outcomes; Overall Review of the Programme of Activities. The learning outcomes were further split into those observed individually by the Curatorial Group and the Bio-Industry Group and those observed by both groups as General Transferable Skills.

There were a total of 88 forms submitted with detailed responses for the learning outcomes by each participant for Week 3. The collected data was statistically analysed as shown in the sections below:

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS OBSERVED

The chart below shows a summary of the sustainable development goals observed by the researchers during Week 2 of the workshops. The SDGs that were observed on most of the workshops were the Goals 4, 7 and 14 which are Quality Education, Affordable and Clean Energy, and Life below water respectively. The lowest score was for 5. Gender equality; 10. Reduced inequalities and 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

Number of observations of SDGs

SDGs

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals

LEARNING OUTCOMES

GENERAL TRANSFERABLE RESEARCH SKILLS

During the workshops, the participants were able to identify the following outcomes in the programme:

  1. Understanding applied research methods;
  2. Understanding international drivers for multidisciplinary research;
  3. Perform comparative studies;
  4. Participating in discussions with researchers and industry practitioners;
  5. Creation of a network with international researchers;
  6. Management, commercialisation and sharing of information and research products;
  7. First hand interviews and focus group discussions with end-users;
  8. Understanding the steps required to bridge research and implementation;
  9. Exploring the steps required to set up business cases;
  10. Scaling up and commercialising research outputs;
  11. Multi stakeholder engagement;
  12. Understanding donor requirements in funding research;
  13. Donor management;
  14. Project management;
  15. Policy and technology interface;
  16. Having royalty and license of technology from research;
  17. Spin-off, company start-ups, and investments;
  18. Research projects socio-economic impact;
  19. Research project environmental impact;
Y-axis: Number of observations of general transferable skills.
X-axis: Learning outcomes (General transferable skills)

CURATORIAL GROUP

The following is a list of the learning outcomes for the Curatorial group obtained during the course for Week 1.

Y-axis: Number of observations of learning outcomes
X-axis: Learning outcomes (Curatorial Group)
  1. Understanding current thinking, research methods, and research trends in the UK/Europe/Global markets on curatorial;
  2. Participating in in-depth academic discussions with researchers in curatorial practices;
  3. Hands-on lab experience in curatorial practices;
  4. Insights on public engagement strategies and awareness raising push and pull factors;
  5. Access to recent journal publications in curatorial practices area of research;
  6. Knowledge exchange in Botany;
  7. Knowledge exchange in Zoology;
  8. Knowledge exchange in Microbiology;
  9. Knowledge exchange in conservation;
  10. Knowledge exchange in sample and specimen handling;
  11. Knowledge exchange in preservation;
  12. Knowledge exchange in cataloguing;
  13. Knowledge exchange in exhibition and outreach programmes;
  14. Knowledge exchange in database and documentation;

BIO-INDUSTRY BASED BIO-RESOURCES GROUP

The following is a list of the learning outcomes for the bio-based industrial skills obtained during the course for Week 1.

  1. Understanding current thinking, research methods and research trends in the UK/Europe/Global markets on bioindustry based bioresources;
  2. Participation in in-depth academic discussions with researchers in bioindustry based bioresources;
  3. Hands-on lab experience in bioindustry based bioresources;
  4. Access to recent journal publications in the bioindustry based bioresources area of research;
  5. Witness current biomaterial, bioenergy, waste water and water treatment technology in practice;
  6. Understanding the concepts of Eco-house and Eco-village;
  7. Insights on industrial sector for utilising bioindustry based bioresources;
  8. Knowledge exchange on Bioresources;
  9. Knowledge exchange on Biomaterials;
  10. Knowledge exchange on Bioenergies and other renewable energies;
  11. Knowledge exchange in ethical commercial exploitation of bioresources and biotechnologies;
  12. Knowledge exchange in industrial system of bioenergy and microalgal based product technologies;
  13. Knowledge exchange in sustainable energy and resources management;
  14. Knowledge exchange in bionanocomposites, including polymer composites for automotives and electronic devices;
  15. Knowledge exchange in lignocellulosic materials and termites;
Y-axis: Number of observations of learning outcomes
X-axis: Learning outcomes (Bio-industry Group)

OVERALL REVIEW OF PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES

There were 88 responses from the participants for the programme activities in Week 3 Orkney Islands. The average rating was 8.2 out of 10 with the mode of 8. The lowest score for any particular day was at 6 and the highest was 10.

Development
Knowledge exchange
Accomodation and facilities

Average rating of programme of activities.

COMMENDATIONS

This week saw a lot of appreciation for the facilitation of knowledge on sustainable energy and industries in Orkney.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT

One of the sessions where the presentations was made was too small for the number of participants in the program.