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Midlothian Science Zone welcome contributions of news articles, industry events and job vacancies that would be of interest to our science, innovation and research based sector.

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If you're located within Midlothian Science Zone then we want to hear from you. Simply email us your news articles, announcements, job vacancies and events for consideration or send us a link to an article on your website. We will share relevant articles and events to a wider audience through our website and social media channels.

News and Events

For daily news and events information see our News & Events section, follow us on X/Twitter, Instagram or connect with us on LinkedIn.

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MSZ Business Forum

MSZ Business Forum, in association with Midlothian Business Gateway, launched in December 2020. We host events several times a year on a variety of themes,  designed to encourage engagement and collaboration between organisations 'in the zone'. Each event brings together a wide range of businesses to identify shared support needs, collaborative opportunities and share knowledge across the region, signposting to research, expertise and business services with invited guest speakers on themes of benefit to the community in the zone.

Forthcoming Event

Our next event will be an informal summer gathering on Edinburgh Technopole for our annual MSZ BBQ in August for invited guests 'in the zone' and Midlothian Science Zone Community Card holders - more information below if you are part of our community.

If you would like to be notified of future MSZ Business Forum Events, or to present at one of our events, please contact MSZ Project Coordinator

Previous Events

18 June 2024: MSZ Business Forum at The Energy Training Centre, Scotland’s first community-focused energy training academy empowering a sustainable future through renewable energy education and showcasing a Net Zero Home. 

16 April 2024: MSZ Business Forum 'Driving progress for healthy people and a healthy planet' with a presentation by Professor Geoff Simm, Director of the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems. 

30 January 2024: MSZ Business Forum 'Empowering Discovery in Agricultural and Environmental Research' with guest speakers from Illumina and hosted at Roslin Innovation Centre.

07 November 2023: MSZ Business Forum hosted at Agri-EPI Centre Northern Innovation Hub on Easter Bush Campus where we were introduced to the support, services and facilities available locally and at the other Agri-EPI Centre's in the UK, and met with entrepreneurial startups including Beta Bugs, Rhizocore Technologies and Innovent Technology.

05 September 2023: MSZ Business Forum hosted at Bush House, Edinburgh Technopole, with Colin Davidson and Grant Ballantine from the Planning Office at Midlothian Council to discuss the Midlothian Local Development Plan 2. 

20 July 2023: MSZ Summer BBQ hosted on Edinburgh Technopole at The Kitchen, a celebration of summer for our Partners and tenants. We enjoyed sunshine, chat and an excellent spread of food and drinks (alcohol free!) 

6 June 2023: MSZ Business Forum hosted by Edinburgh Pharmaceutical Processes (EPP Ltd), an award winning GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) Contract Research Laboratory, established in 1992, included a presentation followed by a tour the company's facilities aon the Bush Estate.

11 April 2023: MSZ Business Forum featured a presentation by Greengage Agritech Ltd. The company has invested heavily in research and development, constantly updating and perfecting their light products and developing welfare sensors to improve and monitor livestock production. 

14 February 2023: MSZ Business Forum participated in an interesting and thought-provoking round table discussion led by representatives from Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) and Lasswade High School about ways our science community can work better with local schools to develop the future talent pipeline.

1 November 2022: MSZ Business Forum showcased expertise and facilities by SRUC (Scotland's Rural College) including presentations on research and animal welfare projects, and visits to the CT Scanner Unit and Allermuir Avian Innovation & Skills Centre on Bush Estate.

13 September 2022: MSZ Business Forum hosted on Pentlands Science Park with presentations to showcase facilities, services and areas of animal health expertise by representatives of the Moredun Group.

21 July 2022: MSZ Hog Roast hosted on Bush House Lawn, Edinburgh Technopole. Our first outdoor event joined by colleagues working 'in the zone' and Forum friends.

31 May 2022: MSZ Business Forum hosted at Edinburgh Technopole, part of the We Are Pioneer Group included a working lunch, and a presentation by John Mackenzie, the recently appointed Director, (Scotland) of WAPG.

5 April 2022: Postponed. We hope to reschedule this event at Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre (EBSOC) to view this purpose-built laboratory space for public engagement on The University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus

15 February 2022: MSZ Business Forum on theme of Business Support and Growth with guest speakers David Smith and Jacqueline Watson from Henderson Loggie, Business Leader Group. The presentation included Insights Report for 2022 and the habit of 'procrastination'.

7 December 2021: MSZ Business Forum showcasing the extensive range of 'Core Facilities & Equipment' available to researchers and business, with presentations by Campus facility managers and chaired by Val Hughes-White, Campus Operations Officer. This was a hybrid event (online/in-person), hosted in the Roslin Institute auditorium.

12 October 2021: MSZ Business Forum with guest speaker Ishani Malhotra, CEO and Founder of Carcinotech Ltd, a MedTech company which focuses on manufacturing 3D cancer research models. ishani shared her entrepreneurial journey, challenges and achievements. This was a hybrid event (online/in-person), hosted at Roslin Innovation Centre.

3 August 2021: MSZ Business Forum with guest speaker Ross Houston from the Roslin Institute, providing an update on the latest aquaculture research projects, genome editing technologies in aquaculture species and the expansion of aquaculture research, innovation, translation, teaching on Easter Bush Campus.

4 May 2021: MSZ Business Forum with guest speaker Lisa Williams, Director of Business Development at Agri-EPI (Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation) Centre introducing the support and facilities at the Northern Agri-Tech Innovation Hub, Easter Bush Campus, and resources and services at other UK Centres.

9 March 2021: MSZ Business Forum with guest speaker Dr Lawrence Brown on the theme of Data-Driven Innovation and Entrepreneurship and opportunities for collaboration and funding.   

View MSZ Business Forum Terms of Reference

MSZ Community Card

The Midlothian Science Zone Community Card is designed for individuals who work 'in the zone', and provides access to exclusive offers, opportunities, networking events and more.

The Community Card is available on application. Please complete the sign-up form and following eligibility, applicants will be advised of the MSZ Partner collection point/representative. E-mail communications are issued at regular intervals for those who are part of our community and include details of exclusive offers, invitations to networking events, news round ups and other benefits. You can unsubscribe at any time.

If you have any questions, please contact our MSZ Project Coordinator

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Job Opportunities

There is a wealth of job vacancies within Midlothian Science Zone, at every stage of your career from entry level to more senior positions, with roles across a broad spectrum including administrative, marketing, laboratory work, research, consultancy, management.

Take a look at a selection of current Job Vacancies within Midlothian Science Zone. This is updated regularly so of if there is nothing suitable at the moment then check again soon.

If you are an employer within the zone and have a vacancy you would like us to share, please email Enquiries.



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