Bayes Centre

The Art of the Possible - A Bright Sustainable Future

Space technology offers an interesting ability to understand our world, but in order to take full advantage of this the industry needs help and fresh perspectives. The space sector needs the skills, talent and imagination of games makers and data visualisers to help, amongst others:

  • effectively present and communicate insights from our data to decision makers
  • develop gamification strategies to help influence and model the impact of decision options.


After a successful space and games mash up in Dundee earlier this year Space Tech Scotland brings the event to Inspace in Edinburgh and adds in the expertise of members of the Edinburgh Data Vis Meet Up group with Scottish Games Developers Association.


Examples of the power of data visualisation will be projected around Inspace to set the scene, but the best way to explore what is possible going forward is to apply our combined creativity to actual current challenges. To that end three challenges that our presenters are actively wrestling with will be presented on the night for us to collectively tackle – each will be planted in local issues but also touch on the global UN sustainable development goals.


Come along and be part of the mix. Ideas developed on the night could be supported to be developed further and even potentially be presented at the UN’s COP26 climate change conference being held in Glasgow in November 2020, when the eyes of the world will be on Scotland. This is expected to be the most important climatic change event since the Paris agreement was signed in 2015. It will see up to 200 heads of government from around the world as well as up to 30,000 delegates, including climate experts, business leaders and citizens, meet to draw up a new climate change strategy.

If you would like to demonstrate your work in these fields on the night, we have space for 6 stands in D-Space and participants can visit and chat in the breaks. To demo please email Caroline Parkinson directly on


5.45-6pm > Gather and Demos

6.10pm > Introductions, Caroline Parkinson, Sector Lead – Creative Industries, Data Driven Innovation programme

6.15pm > Prof Chris Speed, Design Informatics – the challenge in developing a data enabled sustainable Festival city improving the experiences for residents and visitors, and the tools at creative tech and data tools at our disposal.

6.30pm > Murray Collins, DDI Chancellors Fellow for Space and Satellite Analysis – the challenge of visualising space and satellite data with examples of current maps of deforestation and climate change graphs – can we do better? Can we influence the decision makers?

6.45pm > Terry McLarney, Envisage Space – the challenge of GPS data accuracy for Edinburgh and its use in developing a smart sustainable city.

7pm > Panel – a chance to ask the three challenge holders questions and enter a dialogue across the audience about what is possible and explore the potential mash up and discover work opportunities that could be developed/commissioned between the three disciplines.

7.30pm > Break – Pizza and Beer/soft drinks – a chance to chat in self-selecting groups around the three challenge holders and develop ideas.

8pm > Feedback any emerging ideas developed and respond with next steps

8.15-9pm > Networking and Demos

9pm ish > Close



Murray Collins, one of our presenters from above, also invites those interested to an afternoon of space events (earlier in the day) at the Bayes Centre:


1.30pm > a social lunch at Bayes - Asteria display: Student body developing satellites.

2-3pm > broader space & Satellite sector talks - Alan Thompson, Skyrora & Dr Callum Norrie, Space Network Scotland

3-5pm > remote sensing of vegetation talks - Led by Dr Steven Hancock

5.45pm > On to this mash-up event listed above…

Space and Sustainable Development Goals in Scotland event

Nov 12 2019 -

The Art of the Possible - A Bright Sustainable Future

Space Technology Scotland will be partnering with the Data Driven Innovation Programme and the University of Edinburgh’s School of Design informatics to host the event in Edinburgh.

The University of Edinburgh
1 Crichton Street