Al Innes (he/him) (MA PgCert)

Strategic Research Executive (Development)


Al Innes joined the University in 2017 having previously been Research Exploitation Manager on three Horizon 2020 projects between 2013 and 2017: Beacon: Enabling Federated Cloud Networking (GA:644048),; ENTICE: dEcentralized repositories for traNsparent and efficienT vIrtual maChine opErations (GA:644179), and  DICE: a Model-Driven DevOps Framework for Big Data (GA:644869).

Prior to that he was Work Package Leader on a variety of FP7 projects, including: S-CASE, Cactos, Celar, PaaSage and MoveSmart, in his role as Business Development Manager for Flexiant, the first European public cloud provider, developing business modelling and communications strategies to promote research and innovation projects bringing solutions to market.

Graduating in 2010, Al spent ten years working in video and audio production for audience development projects across international arts festivals, including the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He has a great deal of experience as a marketing and communications lead, including on a number of award-winning campaigns in the arts and cultural sector including: Winner, Best use of Social Media, (Unique Events), Travel Marketing Awards 2014; Winner, Best use of Social Media (Blogmanay), MOMA Awards 2013; Winner, Gartner Cool Vendor (Flexiant), Gartner 2013; Winner, Best Marketing Strategy (Blogmanay), Scottish Event Awards 2013 and Coolbrands Finalist 2012 (Edinburgh International Festival).


History MA/Hons - 2009

Journalism PgCert - 2010

Responsibilities & affiliations

Al provides strategic support to senior leaders as well as training to Principal Investigators as institutional lead for the Academic Talent Strategy and Research Professional*. He sits on various research committees and networks, where he provides guidance and briefings to senior leadership and PIs on development and opportunities in the research landscape.

Past project grants

2014 - 2017, Exploitation Manager - ENTICE (H2020) -
2014 - 2017, Exploitation Manager - Beacon (H2020)
2013 - 2017, Exploitation Manager - DICE (H2020) -
2013 - 2016, Dissemination Manager - S-CASE (FP7)
2013 - 2016, Dissemination Manager - PaaSage (FP7) -
2012 - 2015, Work Package Leader - CELAR (FP7)