to: 20 May 2020




EIT Digital, and the University of Edinburgh invite you to a Space and Digital Economy focused Webinar on Wednesday 20th May.

This event is focussed on the growing opportunities for using space derived data for downstream, digital applications. This event will showcase the breadth of what can be achieved via space-based solutions to meet the challenges and opportunities faced by the digital economy. In particular we will look across some of the 5 EIT Digital focus areas of digital wellbeing, digital cities, digital tech, digital industry and digital finance.

Event Panellists:

Callum Norrie – Director, Space Flow Ltd

Space Flow Ltd is a consultant company specialising in technology/business aspects of upstream and downstream space activity. Focussed on making major sustainable impact for client companies and organisations. Dr Norrie is currently a Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence in Space Applications and Communications working with the University of Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh.

Iain Woodhouse – CEO, CarboMap

Carbomap map forest metrics. Biomass, biodiversity, windthrow, deforestation and associated land cover change. We work with platform companies to provide high quality data layers from radar and LiDAR. We also build capacity globally in the use of these tools, and have provided training in every continent of the world (except Antarctica, as it doesn’t have any trees!). We spun out of the University of Edinburgh in 2013.

Yvette Hopkins – Director of Operations, Shetland Space Centre

Shetland Space Centre will plan, build, and operate a satellite launch site and a ground station in Unst, Shetland, the UK’s most northerly island. It follows the identification in a major report for the UK Space Agency of Saxa Vord in Unst as the best location in the UK for such a facility. SSC is already at work on a joint projects with several large firms to develop launch and Ground site proposals. Interest in our launch and ground station plans from the space industry, commercial and non-commercial is extensive. We are currently working closely with the local community and planning authorities on next steps.

Allan Cannon – CEO, R3 IoT

27 Billion connected devices are forecasted by the year 2025. The data collected by these devices add huge value to businesses. In towns and cities these devices are able to send data via WiFi and cellular networks. R3 focuses on providing a service to businesses with operations in areas of the world with no cellular connectivity. We leverage state of the art satellite technology combined with an innovative business model to enable businesses to exploit the benefits of the internet of things.

Pam Anderson – Head of Institutional Engagement, AAC Clyde Space

Pam joined AAC Clyde Space in March 2020 as the Head of Institutional Engagement working with Space Agencies, such as ESA and the UK Space Agency, and Universities to support future AAC Clyde Space technology development. Pam is a Chartered Engineer with a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. She has a background in Space Mission and System Design and Business Development and was the European Space Agency Business Applications Regional Ambassador for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Pam also has an enthusiasm for STEM outreach and engagement.

There will also be the chance to learn about co-funding opportunities for applied research with EIT Digital’s Doctoral Schools and collaborative innovation projects through EIT Digital’s €70M annual call and our two immediate funding opportunities under the Data Against COVID-19 theme.

EIT Digital is a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe’s digital transformation. EIT Digital in Scotland is funded by our partners Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Funding Council. We are also supported by Highlands & Islands Enterprise, FinTech Scotland, Edinburgh Innovations and University of Edinburgh.

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The University of Edinburgh has an outstanding history of discovery, invention and innovation.

Research conducted at Edinburgh has laid the foundations of modern economics and sociology, the Enlightenment, geology, English literature, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, antiseptic surgery, nephrology and the theory of evolution.

Edinburgh-based researchers discovered carbon dioxide, latent and specific heat, chloroform anaesthesia, SARS and the Higgs boson and developed the Hepatitis B vaccine, the hypodermic syringe, the kaleidoscope, the vacuum flask, the ATM, the diving chamber and in-vitro fertilisation.

The University is now heavily featuring in the space sector with expertise in space data processing (including forest monitoring and management, agriculture, landslide predictions, meteorology, greenhouse gas detection from space and much more) as well as exploring the management of fire risk in space, developing rocket fuel pods, developing clean-burn rocket fuels and tracking the skies for space debris. We even have teams developing deep-space probes, and others writing literature about space.

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The webinar link will be emailed to registered ticket holders on the morning of 20th May.