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


Charlotte Waugh, Acting Head of Innovation 

Charlotte manages low carbon business development and innovation support for ECCI. She has a track record in developing thriving new partnerships and businesses.

e: [email protected] t: +44 (0)131 650 9822


Katherine Maxwell, Project and Innovation Officer

Katherine works in ECCI’s innovation team helping to deliver a range of projects including Climate-KIC, Online S3, SAGES and NERC E3 DTP.

e: [email protected] t: +44 (0)131 651 4383


Annabel Cooper, Communications Officer

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

e: [email protected] t: +44 (0)131 650 9811

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.