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In 2021, we focused on 5 key themes, Space to Prosper, Space to Observe & Sustain, Space to Protect, Space to Live Well, Space to Inspire & Explore.

 

Through the daily plenary sessions, and a mix of live and pre-recorded parallel theme sessions, an exciting range of expert speakers from across industry, government and academia brought us their valuable insight.

Space 101 also ran as pre-conference sessions from 20-24 September 2021. Read more about the 2021 Space 101 sessions here.

THE 2021 CONFERENCE HAS NOW TAKEN PLACE. Registered delegates will be able to view sessions on-demand for three months after the conference (via their event log in).

SPACE TO
PROSPER

The global space economy is still recognised as one of the fastest growing sectors.

It is constantly evolving, frequently disrupted, new businesses are being created, and record levels of private investment have been logged this year.


Governments are also committing large space budgets, particularly in the defence domain. This conference theme will explore the UK’s refreshed strategy for space sector growth, hearing from leaders across industry, academia and government about the challenges and opportunities for the UK space economy. Can the UK space sector realistically meet its target of achieving 10% of the global space economy by 2030?

SPACE TO
OBSERVE & SUSTAIN

Observing and measuring the Earth from space is an essential tool to understand climate change, perhaps the single greatest threat to our species, and the Earth’s ecosystem. 

The space sector is innovating at break neck speed to tackle these complex issues, creating sustainable solutions that will put us on the path to a Net Zero future, whilst ensuring the space environment itself can be used sustainably for generations to come.

SPACE TO
PROTECT

Space capabilities can enable the protection of a multitude of terrestrial activities, services and facilities, from Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) to secure communications and logistics.

 

They also enable MOD & other government defence and security agencies to protect and defend UK citizens and interests at home and within overseas territories. In addition, all space capabilities, including space systems, ground infrastructure and link segments, are themselves vulnerable to natural hazards or nefarious activity and need to be protected, with associated resilience measures in place. The protection of, & protection by, space capabilities is a critical endeavour.

SPACE TO
LIVE WELL

Fantastic advancements have been made in the Space sector leading to  a “New Space Age”. But what does that mean for humanity and its well-being?

This theme will explore innovations and advancements that have been made in  Space or to serve space missions, and how they improve life on earth and its sustainability. The sessions will showcase New technology and scientific developments (e.g. bio-tech, manufacturing, life support systems) that are enabling future, environmentally friendly growth and applicability of the space sector to human liveability and enhanced well-being.

SPACE TO
INSPIRE & EXPLORE

Human kind is driven to explore the unknown, address fundamental questions about our existence and place in the Universe, and continually push the frontiers of our knowledge and technological limits to find answers.

 

To do this to the best of our ability, a talented and diverse workforce is needed to work together to develop the big ideas, build world-class missions, and communicate our successes to inspire and attract the next generation of professionals from all walks of life.

Conference Programme

 

View the detailed agendas for DAY ONE, DAY TWO and DAY THREE below.

View the full speaker list here, and download the full programme PDF here.

DAY 1

SPACE TO PROSPER

Monday 27 September 2021

09:00 - 10:00

PLENARY SESSION 1:

Welcome & Opening Address

10:00 - 10:30  Break

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10:30 - 11:15

A Sprint to

Commercialisation: From Science to Business

 

11:15 - 11:45  Break

11:45 - 12:30

Satellite Applications

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12:30 - 12:50  Break

12:50 - 14:00

INNOVATION ZONE:

Pitch to the Primes &

SPIN: Meet the Authors

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14:00 - 14:45

The Future of

Commercial Space: High Growth & High Potential

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15:15 - 15:45

DISCUSSION GROUP

& INNOVATION ZONE

SPIN: Meet the Authors

PLENARY SESSION 2:

Space to Prosper – The UK National Space Strategy & Prosperity Agenda

16:15 - 17:15

14:45 - 15:15  Break

15:45 - 16:15  Break

PUBLIC LECTURE:

How space can help us tackle climate change

Alyssa R Gilbert, Policy Director, Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College

17:15 - 18:00

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DAY 1

SPACE TO OBSERVE
& SUSTAIN

Monday 27 September 2021

09:00 - 10:00

PLENARY SESSION 1:

Welcome & Opening Address

10:00 - 10:30  Break

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10:30 - 11:15

Space for

Weather & Climate

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11:15 - 11:45  Break

11:45 - 12:30

Planet AI

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12:30 - 12:50  Break

12:50 - 14:00

INNOVATION ZONE:

Pitch to the Primes &

SPIN: Meet the Authors

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14:00 - 14:45

Space Solutions: Cool

Projects to Protect Communities Against Impacts

of Climate

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15:15 - 15:45

DISCUSSION GROUP

& INNOVATION ZONE

SPIN: Meet the Authors

14:45 - 15:15  Break

16:15 - 17:15

PLENARY SESSION 2:

Space to Prosper – The UK National Space Strategy & Prosperity Agenda

17:15 - 18:00

PUBLIC LECTURE:

How space can help us tackle climate change

Alyssa R Gilbert, Policy Director, Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College

15:45 - 16:15  Break

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DAY 1

SPACE TO PROTECT

Monday 27 September 2021

09:00 - 10:00

PLENARY SESSION 1:

Welcome & Opening Address

10:00 - 10:30  Break

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10:30 - 11:15

Next Generation Satellite Communications:

Securing the Signal

11:15 - 11:45  Break

11:45 - 12:30

NO SESSION

12:30 - 12:50  Break

12:50 - 14:00

INNOVATION ZONE:

Pitch to the Primes &

SPIN: Meet the Authors

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14:00 - 14:45

Space-based PNT: How to secure UK Critical National  Infrastructure   

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15:15 - 15:45

DISCUSSION GROUP

& INNOVATION ZONE

SPIN: Meet the Authors

14:45 - 15:15  Break

PLENARY SESSION 2:

Space to Prosper – The UK National Space Strategy & Prosperity Agenda

16:15 - 17:15

PUBLIC LECTURE:

How space can help us tackle climate change

Alyssa R Gilbert, Policy Director, Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College

17:15 - 18:00

15:45 - 16:15  Break

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DAY 1

SPACE TO LIVE WELL

Monday 27 September 2021

09:00 - 10:00

PLENARY SESSION 1:

Welcome & Opening Address

10:00 - 10:30  Break

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10:30 - 11:15

Space Innovations with Application in Health, Well-being & Medical

11:15 - 11:45  Break

11:45 - 12:30

Management of Food & Resources on Earth Through Space & Technologies

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12:50 - 14:00

INNOVATION ZONE:

Pitch to the Primes &

SPIN: Meet the Authors

12:30 - 12:50  Break

14:00 - 14:45

Bridging the Australian and the UK space sectors

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