Burns night celebration kicks off international ambitions for ECCI

19 January 2015

ECCI heralded the new year with a Burns night celebration with an international twist last night.

Around 150 members of the ECCI community, along with the 'Chieftain o' the puddin-race' (a very large haggis), were treated a rendition of the 'Address to the Haggis' in the original Scots and less traditonal Mandarin.

The special twist on proceedings was part of the Centre's look ahead to an ambitious year for global expansion.

International Ambitions

With the opening of ECCI’s first satellite centre in Hong Kong planned for later in the year, a base in Edinburgh University's New York office already established and ties developing across the Asia Pacific and Central America, 2015 is shaping up to be ECCI's most ambitious yet.

First up in the international calendar is a visit toShanghai for the Low Carbon Summit on 28th-29th January 2015 – a two-day event to examine global best practices in how to develop a sustainable city. ECCI will be hosting a delegation of seven Scottish companies at the event, to share best practice of new policy initiatives, technology solutions, design practices and community efforts in pursuit of a Low Carbon Economy.

ECCI’s guests include:

  • Peter Wilson, Wood for Good Edinburgh Napier University
  • John Ferguson, Binneco Park
  • Gordon McGregor, Spot Sensor Technologies
  • John Cape, iPower
  • Donald John McLean, Integrated Environmental Solutions
  • William Ireland, Logan Energy
  • Gaynor Jones, Aquatera

The Summit will draw on global best practices and explore the frontiers of knowledge and technology in the environmental field. Through a series of formal sessions (Day One) and workshops (Day Two), the Shanghai Summit will explore policy, action, and strategy options by combining design guidelines, investment support, technology innovation and community initiatives to drive low carbon development in all its forms. The first day will open with policy statements by government officials from both China and UK, followed by presentation on environmental challenges and policy trends. The afternoon sessions will focus on low-carbon finance, technology applications and case-studies. ECCI’s senior team of Andy Kerr and Ed Craig will deliver sessions on each day.

ECCI will return to the Asia Pacific in March with a delegation of projects from the pioneering Smart Accelerator programme. Smart Accelerator supports eight smart city, three sustainable island and five smart mobility projects, receiving direct support to create fully packaged partnerships ready for investment. Individual projects receive advice and practical support ranging from funding, management, marketing and communications, to industry, academic and international expertise. The delegation will also visit Chinese city of Shenzhen, the focus of a commitment to closer cultural and creative collaboration between Edinburgh. A Memorandum of Understanding agreed the establishment of joint ‘International Creative Industry Incubation Centres’.

ECCI will return to Hong Kong with the University of Edinburgh Development and Alumni team in May, with sights set on June 2015 for the opening of the Hong Kong Innovation Centre – ECCI’s first official international arm.