Knowledge exchange

EPIC scientists are engaged in Knowledge Exchange (KE) activities ranging from attending on-farm workshops to peer reviewed scientific publication. Embedded in the structure of EPIC is an ambition to move beyond traditional, responsive KE approaches and activities and proactively shape the pathway from research to impact. 

The best scientific evidence base in the world will make no contribution to Scotland’s preparedness for animal disease outbreaks if it is not appropriately acted upon by end-users. It follows that an effective KE system must be available and fit for purpose in both ‘peacetime’ and during an epidemic.

Lisa Boden, EPIC


  • Improve the resilience of Scottish livestock industries through the communication of the scientific evidence that underpins disease prevention and control interventions.
  • Support EPIC scientists to plan and undertake KE activities that will create benefits for the Scottish livestock industry.
  • Encourage external partners (policymakers and stakeholders) to be part of EPIC’s interdisciplinary culture of research.

Working with Scotland's Centre for Knowledge Exchange and Impact (CKEI)

The new Centre will help to ensure that Scotland gets best value from science and technology being developed in Scotland, enabling scientific outputs to maximise positive economic, societal and environmental impacts for Scotland and beyond.

Currently developing its strategy under the directorship of Graeme Cook, the CKEI demonstrates the importance of knowledge exchange in Scottish Government's procurement of scientific research.



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