Innovation Day Programme

Wednesday 7th June 2017

The ECCA Innovation Day provides an excellent opportunity to connect start-up businesses, SMEs, entrepreneurs, local authorities, civil society, researchers, students and others. We know that when the right people connect, great things can happen and innovations can result.

If you are keen to explore how your research could translate into commercial opportunities and wider innovations, then the ECCA Innovation Day is for you.

Except for the opening plenary, The Innovation Day will take place on the Innovation Stage in the Exhibition Hall.

The event is sponsored and organised by Climate-KIC, Innovate UK and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

  • If you are interested in showcasing your innovation at one of the ‘Resilience Innovation Exchange’ events, please send a short written pitch to
  • If you are an SME or community project and you would like to exhibit at the conference at a reduced rate, please also write to describing your organisation

9am – 10.30am Main ECCA Plenary: Adaptation in Practice (Lomond Auditorium)
Session with representatives of cities and public bodies highlighting adaptation challenges in practice.

  • The Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FREng, Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the UK Committee on Climate Change
  • Claus Kondrup, Acting Head of Unit, European & International Carbon Markets, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission
  • Duarte d´Araújo Mata, Green Structure and Energy Deputy Mayor´s Office, Lisbon
  • Lolita Jackson, Special Advisor, Climate Policy & Programs, New York City Office of the Mayor
  • Alasdair Adey, Vice Chair of the Scottish Young Planners Network – Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Moderated by Marc Gramberger and Stefan Haenen (Prospex)

10.30am – 12pm Opening Session: Glasgow Resilience Innovation Challenge (Innovation Stage, Exhibition Hall)


  • Duncan Booker, Chief Resilience Officer, Glasgow City Council
  • Dr. Tom Mitchell, Director, Climate-KIC UK and Ireland.

Introducing the Two Challenges and the Judging Panel

  • Flood Resilience: James Murray, Manager, Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership.
  • Public Engagement: Gillian Dick, Principal, Place Strategy and Environmental Infrastructure Glasgow City Council

Rapid introduction to competing companies and solutions
They include: Bluebell Technology, Turtle Enviro, Graf UK, Rain Water Harvesting, Design4Plastics, EnviroCentre, C&D Associates and Nadfly.

12pm – 1pm Resilience Innovation Exchange 1:
Innovative data tools and services to support climate resilience decision-making (Innovation Stage, Exhibition Hall)
Hosted by ECCI and ICLEI

Short ‘pitch-style’ presentations from innovative data-oriented start-ups and SMEs

  • Tracy Irvine, OASIS Hub
    The global window to free and commercial risk data, tools and services
  • Harilaos Loukos, The Climate Data Factory
    Ready-to-use climate data projections and graphs for your applications
  • Michael Cockburn, Shoal
    Pooling and sharing workspace for organisational resilience
  • Rohan Hamden, XDI Systems
    Helping infrastructure organisations to assess integrated risks and build adaptation strategies
  • Dane Ralston, iOpt
    Data-led preventative maintenance for large property portfolios
  • Paul Georgie, Geo.Geo
    Community mapping for adaptation/resilience in Scotland

1pm – 2pm Supporting Innovation for Climate Resilience: Opportunities to Engage (Innovation Stage, Exhibition Hall)

Lunchtime session where innovation funding and facilitation agencies share their programmes and plans for supporting innovation for climate change adaptation. Hear about opportunities to collaborate and receive support for your innovative ideas for strengthening adaptation.

  • Innovate UK
  • Climate-KIC
  • Others tbc

2pm – 3pm Resilience Innovation Exchange 2: Innovation for resilient urban infrastructure. (Innovation Stage, Exhibition Hall)
Hosted by Innovate UK

Short ‘pitch-style’ presentations from innovative urban infrastructure resilience-oriented start-ups and SMEs

  • Anna Hill, River Cycleway Consortium
    Traffic free pathways to generate renewable energy and promote resilience to flooding
  • Mark Harvey, Resurgence
    City-focused open risk data platform for infrastructure
  • Gavin George, Aquobex
    Innovative flood management solutions
  • Ruth Kerrigan, Integrated Environmental Solutions
    Technology-led optimisation for emissions reduction and resilience in built environment
  • Daniel Black, Daniel Black Associates
    Service model for multiple health agencies to plan for extreme weather risks
  • Andre Head, Ecosystem Sequestration Trust
    Systems modelling platform for city resilience decision-making

3pm – 4pm Resilience Innovation Exchange 3: Resilience Innovation for Sustainable Land Use (Innovation Stage, Exhibition Hall)

Hosted by The Environment Agency (tbc) and Climate-KIC

Short ‘pitch-style’ presentations from innovative land use-oriented start-ups and SMEs

  • Dionisio Perez, CMCC (Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change)
    Services for local and economy-wide assessment of adaptation actions in agriculture
  • Srini Sundaram, Agvesto
    Real time risk as a service for farmland assets
  • Tom Downing, Global Climate Adaptation Partnership
    Expert insights and training for adaptation solutions
  • Vesela Tanaskovic, Afforest4future
    Making the deserts green
  • Erik Chavez, WINnERS
    Weather-index based risk services for agricultural protection

4pm – 5.45pm Glasgow Resilience Innovation Challenge – The Finals (Innovation Stage, Exhibition Hall)

Welcome to the Finals

  • Introductions to the judging panel

Pitches from the final 3 shortlisted solutions for each Glasgow Resilience Innovation Challenge

  • Challenge 1: Flood resilience (3 pitches)
  • Challenge 2: Public engagement (3 pitches)

Announcing the winners

  • Audience award
  • Final judging panel decision
  • Development Awards of £20,000 given to winning ideas

Followed by a drinks reception for collaboration and networking between researchers and businesses.