South West Space Innovation

SW Space Innovation Event

The University of Exeter is delighted to invite you to our regional ‘Space Innovation’ event, at the Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab, on Wednesday 23 January 2019.

This networking event will give businesses, individuals and academia an excellent opportunity to:

  • Engage with the rapidly growing UK Space Industry
  • Gain valuable insights on key topics around Space
  • Find out more about diverse Space-related challenges & funding opportunities
  • Develop space-related capabilities
  • Foster project consortia and bid proposals
  • Help to nurture a regional space community

Inspirational Keynote Speakers include:

  • Mark McCaughrean – Senior Advisor for Science & Exploration, European Space Agency
  • Miles Carden – Director, Spaceport Cornwall
  • Ian Jones – Chief Executive, Goonhilly Earth Station
  • Maria Kalama – Space Innovation Lead, Innovate UK
  • Andy Bennett – KTN Manager for Space, Innovate UK KTN
  • Donna Lyndsay – Regional Ambassador, European Space Agency

Key Funders

  • European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Innovate UK (IUK) & Industrial Strategy Challenge Funds
  • Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
  • SETsquared
  • UK Space Agency (UKSA)


Please note, this schedule is still subject to change.

09.30 – Arrival, registration and coffee reception

10.00 – Welcome and Introduction

Conrad Gillespie, Impact and Partnership Development Manager, University of Exeter

10.05 – Capability Overview – University of Exeter

Professor Chris Smith, Deputy Associate Dean for Research (Industry), University of Exeter


10.15 – Space Science and Exploration

Professor Mark McCaughrean, Senior Advisor, European Space Agency

10.35 – Spaceport Cornwall

Miles Carden, Director, Spaceport Cornwall

10.45 – Goonhilly Earth Station

Ian Jones, Chief Executive, Goonhilly Earth Station

10.55 – Networking refreshment break

SPACE UPSTREAM SERVICES (design, materials, manufacturing, electronics and systems)

11.25 – Challenges – Skyrora

Owain Hughes, Business Development Executive, Skyrora

11.35 – Challenges – Avanti Communications

Andy Williams, Business Development Manager, Avanti Communications

11.45 – Space Opportunities – Innovate UK

Dr Maria Kalama, Innovate UK Space Innovation Lead

11.55 – Upstream Capabilities – University of Exeter

Dr Prathyush Menon, Senior Lecturer – Autonomous Systems, University of Exeter

SPACE DOWNSTREAM APPLICATIONS (data, AI, communication, location and navigation)

12.05 – Challenges – Thales Alenia Space

Martin Townend, Business Development Manager, Thales Alenia Space

12.15 – Challenges – Riskaware

Tim Culmer, Consultant, Riskaware

12.25 – Networking buffet lunch

SPACE DOWNSTREAM APPLICATIONS (data, AI, communication, location and navigation)

13.10 – Opportunities – UK Space Agency

Simon Agass, Lead Applications Technologist

13.20 – Opportunities – KTN Space ‘Geospatial Insights SIG’

Dr Andy Bennett, KTN Space Lead

13.30 – Opportunities – European Space Agency

Donna Lyndsay, ESA Regional Ambassador

13.40 – Opportunities – SETsquared

Steve Mayers, Digital Innovation Lead

13.50 – Downstream Capabilities – University of Exeter

Dr Ian Ashton, Lecturer in Offshore Technology, University of Exeter

14.00 – Comfort break


14.10 – Break Out Groups for discussion and building project collaborations:

  • Innovate UK – Maria Kalama and Chris Smith
  • KTN – Andy Bennett and James McNaughton
  • UK Space Agency – Simon Agass and Jim Grant
  • ESA Business Applications – Donna Lyndsay
  • SETsquared – Steve Mayers & Andrea Kelly

14.55 – Summary and Next Steps

Conrad Gillespie, Impact and Partnership Development Manager, University of Exeter

15.00 – End of event


Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab, Met Office HPC Complex, Upper Richardson, Exeter Science Park, EX5 2FS

There are two free dedicated car parks on site, at the end of Upper Richardson. There is plenty of free parking available in the car park beyond the building, on the left.


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If you have questions about Space initiatives and opportunities in genral, please contact Conrad Gillespie: