Knowledge exchange

EPIC scientists are engaged in a wide range of Knowledge Exchange (KE) activities. 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 The SEFARI Gateway ( Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes)

The SEFARI Gateway 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.

Under the directorship of Charles Bestwick, SEFARI represents: Moredun Research Institute, Scotland’s Rural College, The James Hutton Institute, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland, The Rowett Institute and University of Aberdeen. The formation of SEFARI demonstrates the importance of knowledge exchange in Scottish Government's procurement of scientific research.

Find out more about The SEFARI Gateway here.


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