Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Impact & innovation

Delivering real impact from research requires effective engagement with both the public sector and with businesses, from start-ups to multi-national corporations. The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) works with SAGES to provide innovation and impact support to SAGES members. ECCI finds ways to engage end users (industry, policy-makers, third sector organisations) with research projects, encouraging collaboration through internships, training, events and workshops.

SAGES Innovation Programme 2017 – 2018 Impact Report

ECCI successfully delivered the SAGES Innovation Programme, a pioneering career enhancement opportunity for SAGES PhD students, between October 2017 and June 2018. This impact report details the delivery and impact of key activities for both the students and the host organisations involved.


  • 700+ businesses and organisations made aware of the SAGES programme
  • 30+ attendees at workshops and events
  • 17+ end users interested in working with SAGES students
  • 5 student internships
  • 5 industry engagement events
  • 100% of students learned beneficial new skills during the SAGES Innovation programme.
  • 100% found the internship useful for future career prospects.

‘Made me think differently about how I should and will present my research.’ SAGES PhD student

“The internship opened up a different type of career opportunity outside academia” SAGES PhD student


Jamie Brogan, Head of Innovation and Skills

Jamie is ECCI’s Head of Innovation and Skills. His focus is in delivering ECCI’s support for companies in low carbon innovation, and on developing the partnerships and projects that ensure ECCI helps Edinburgh and Scotland to deliver some of the most ambitious climate targets in the world. He is the innovation manager for SAGES network of Scottish universities at the forefront of geosciences research.

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Clare Wharmby, Innovation Manager

Clare delivers ECCI’s innovation projects, which include our Climate-KIC Accelerator programmes which support and scale early-stage cleantech businesses

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Annabel Cooper, Communications Officer

Annabel supports the delivery of ECCI’s communications strategy across media, digital, events and stakeholder engagement.

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With an award-winning hub in Edinburgh the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation brings people together to create a hub of knowledge and expertise that sparks real action. Collaboratively, ECCI kick-starts groundbreaking new ideas and delivers game-changing projects.

“There are parts of the world that we know so little about, and so the excitement is about discovery. And that excitement should be shared not just with scientists, but with everyone.” SAGES Director, Mark Inall

Case studies

Read about SAGES members’ projects that are delivering real impact from research.

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