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Space and Sustainable Development Goals in Scotland

This event, organised by Kristina Tamane and Dr Murray Collins, focused on providing a networking opportunity for key people from industry, academia and government working in space in Scotland

Murray Collins and Kristina Tamane
Murray Collins and Kristina Tamane

It enabled attendees to learn more about activities in and around the Scottish space sector, with a specific focus on Sustainable Development Goals.

The event took place on 12th November at the Bayes Centre and included a variety of elements including:

  • Networking lunch
  • Space and Satellites themed lighting talks
    • Sarah Middlemiss, Ecometrica
    • Juan Suarez, Forestry Commission

    • Alan Thompson and Becky Morris, Skyrora

    • Callum Norrie, Space Flow

  • Remote sensing of vegetation technical workshop

The event sold out a few days before and welcomed around 90 people into the Bayes Centre for an exciting afternoon of discussions and networking.

The event then continued into the evening with a Space meets the Creative sector Mash-up event, where the theme for the evening was: The Art of the Possible – A Bright Sustainable Future.

Space Technology Scotland partnered with the Data Driven Innovation Programme and the University of Edinburgh’s School of Design Informatics to host this unique evening event.

Space technology offers an interesting ability to understand our world, but in order to take full advantage of this the industry needs help with 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

Examples of the power of data visualisation were 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 the presenters were actively wrestling with were presented on the night for attendees to collectively tackle – each with a focus on local issues but also touching on the global UN sustainable development goals.

Space industry in Scotland is truly booming at the moment, with educational institutions and industry coming together for a common goal of an end-to-end space supply chain from satellite and payload building, to launch, to data processing. This is such an exciting time to be working in the space industry in Scotland and it’s a welcoming community of people who want to see Scotland succeed

Kristina TamaneSpace Business Development Executive

Speakers and presentations on the night included:

  • Introductions, Caroline Parkinson, Sector Lead – Creative Industries, Data Driven Innovation programme
  • Professor 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.
  • Dr 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?
  • Terry McLarney, Envisage Space – the challenge of GPS data accuracy for Edinburgh and its use in developing a smart sustainable city.
  • 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.

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