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’s Innovation Team helps to provide clear pathways for co-developing and collaborating on research projects with a range of end users (industry, policy makers, third sector organisations). End user engagement is a key requirement for any research led funding as well as the UK’s Research Excellence Framework impact evaluation. ECCI also provides marketing and communications support to the SAGES directorate.

ECCI impact & innovation support

ECCI provides support and information on:

  • Relevant funding calls for collaborative research
  • Key networking events in Scotland and beyond
  • Information on end users seeking researchers
  • Industry news and updates  

Impact & innovation case studies

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

Impact & innovation team

Charlotte Waugh, Innovation Manager

Charlotte delivers and manages low carbon innovation support across a range of projects for ECCI including the Climate-KIC Accelerator programmes. Charlotte has been working with over 200 Scottish SMES in the last 6 years to develop a range of cutting edge low carbon products and services that help meet the global challenges associated with lowering carbon emissions. This includes working with Scotland’s research sector to support market testing and feasibility, signposting to suitable contacts and funding, and providing market intelligence. Charlotte joined the centre from Building and Construction Industry Forum in the south of Scotland, where she supported the built environment sector to make the most of new business opportunities and deliver relevant training to skill up the local workforce.

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t:  +44 (0)131 650 9822

Katherine Maxwell, Project and Innovation Officer

Katherine works with ECCI’s Innovation and International teams, helping to deliver a range of innovation-focussed projects. These include the EU-funded Online S3 project piloting smart specialisation tools in Scotland, the SAGES network of Scottish universities at the forefront of environmental research. Katherine is the Project Lead for Climate-KIC’s new Greenhouse programme at ECCI and provides innovation support to residents of ECCI’s Low Carbon Ideas Lab.

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t: +44 (0)131 651 4383

Annabel Cooper, Communications Officer

Annabel supports the delivery of ECCI’s communications strategy and leads on publicity for projects such as the SAGES network of geosciences academics and Edinburgh International Science Festival events. She has an MSc in journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, and spent two years working in communications for the EPSRC’s Sustainable Urban Environments programme prior to joining ECCI.

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t:  +44 (0)131 650 9811

Kristin Hopfe – Project Administrator

Kristin supports ECCI’s Innovation and International team as well as the Centre Administration. She is involved in a range of projects, including the EU-funded OnlineS3 project and Climate-KIC programmes. Kristin has a background in Economics and International Administration & Management. Prior to joining ECCI, she was working in both the University and private sector.

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t: +44(0)131 651 4636

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

ECCI is the UK’s leading low carbon innovation hub. With an award-winning hub in Edinburgh and a new base in Hong Kong, ECCI brings together people from business, research, communities and governments to turn good low carbon ideas into reality. It supports a thriving community of low carbon enterprises and provides policy insight and evidence to help inform government decisions. Find out more about ECCI’s work.