Friday 15 February 2019 @ 09:00 - 13:00

 

Cost: £230 + VAT
 

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This conference focuses on the next steps for the UK space sector as the industry sets out its vision for growth, and in the context of a possible sector deal.

 

The agenda includes keynote contributions from Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director, Growth, UK Space Agency; Tim Just, Head of Space, Innovate UK; Nick Appleyard, Head of Downstream Business Applications, European Space Agency and a senior speaker confirmed from Ofcom.

 

Realising economic and skills dividends

Delegates will assess the infrastructure, technology and investment that will be required to drive innovation, and support the development of commercial spaceflight, following the Space Industry Act which provides the regulatory framework to enable the UK’s launch capability.

 

With the UK Space Growth Partnership’s Prosperity from Space Strategy laying the foundation for a space sector deal and national space programme, delegates will also discuss what will be needed to achieve its vision of significant growth in exports and inward investment as part of a £500bn boost to the economy.

 

The Strategy highlights the potential for growing a diverse workforce and attracting young people to STEM careers. We expect discussion on the practical steps for the industry and its partners to tackle the skills gap whilst continuing to attract international talent, and improving diversity and inclusion in the workforce.

 

International collaboration, competition and the UK’s strategic positioning

Further sessions focus on international cooperation and the UK’s position in the global space market, with a contribution on strengthening international collaboration from the European Space Agency, and following the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and Australia on exchange of talent and technology.

 

It follows the Government’s decision to no longer seek access to the secure aspects of Galileo as it seeks to build its own Global Navigation Satellite System and against the backdrop of Brexit and increasing European competition.

 

Delegates will consider what is needed in policy terms - and from the sector itself - to enable the UK to realise the ambition to become a global space hub and a European leader for space services.

 

UK spaceports

The agenda looks at the future shape of partnerships to enable development of UK spaceports, as well as the wider economic and environmental impact on local communities as they seek to develop clusters in spaceport locations. There will be speakers from Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Lockheed Martin, who are working in partnership to develop the Sutherland spaceport following the Government awarding funding to the four potential spaceports.

 

Regulation

Delegates will also consider the regulatory framework for UK space, following the introduction of the Traffic Light System which aims to streamline the licensing processes for satellite operators, considering what else is needed from regulators and policymakers to develop a safe but efficient regulatory regime in light of changing technological and commercial trends.    

 

The agenda

  • Priorities for the UK space sector;
  • Next steps for the industry - developing the Space Growth Partnership and UK spaceports;
  • Strengthening international collaboration;  
  • Driving innovation and development; and
  • Where next for UK Space - skills, investment and next steps for the UK post-Brexit.

 

Speakers:

Keynotes: Tim Just, Head of Space, Innovate UK and Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director, Growth, UK Space Agency.

 

Further confirmed speakers: Paul Adams, Head of Aerospace, Defence and Security, Vendigital; Nick Appleyard, Head of Downstream Business Applications, European Space Agency; Stephen Eisele, Vice President, Virgin Orbit; Adina Gillespie, Institutional Strategist, Earth-i; Dr Gbenga Oduntan, Reader, International Commercial Law, University of Kent; Professor Anu Ojha, Director, National Space Academy and Professor, University of Leicester; David Oxley, Acting Director of Business and Sector Development, Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Jo Stevens, Managing Director, Oxford Innovation; Patrick Wood,Director, International Advanced Programmes, UK Country Executive, Lockheed Martin and a senior speaker confirmed from Ofcom.

 

Additional senior participants are being approached.

 

Networking:

Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; DfT; DIT; European Space Agency; Government Legal Department; Ofcom; UK Export Finance and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Access Partnership; AMSAT-UK; ARGANS; Burges Salmon; Calor Gas; Cardiff University; CGI; CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang; Dentons UK and Middle East; Dstl; Fraunhofer UK; French Embassy - Higher Education, Research and Innovation Dpt.; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Leap Dot Cloud; Lockheed Martin UK Space; N & M; Naledi Space Law & Policy; NATS; Queen Mary University of London; RSM; Satellite Applications Catapult; Shetland Space Centre; Southampton University; Spacemetric; Surrey Satellite Technology; Thales Alenia Space in the UK; TIGA (The Independent Games Developers Association); UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space and Viasat UK.

 

Agenda:

Draft agenda subject to change

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

 

 

9.00 - 9.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

 

 

9.05 - 9.30

Priorities for the UK space sector

Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director, Growth, UK Space Agency

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

9.30 - 10.25

Next steps for the industry - developing the Space Growth Partnership and UK Spaceports

David Oxley, Acting Director of Business and Sector Development, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Adina Gillespie, Institutional Strategist, Earth-i

Dr Gbenga Oduntan, Reader, International Commercial Law, University of Kent

Stephen Eisele, Vice President, Virgin Orbit

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

10.25 - 10.30

Chair’s closing remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

 

 

10.30 - 10.55

Coffee

 

 

10.55 - 11.00

Chair’s opening remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

 

 

11.00 - 11.45

Strengthening international collaboration

Nick Appleyard, Head of Downstream Business Applications, European Space Agency

Senior speaker confirmed from Ofcom

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

11.45 - 12.10

Driving innovation and development

Tim Just, Head of Space, Innovate UK

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.10 - 12.55

Where next for UK Space? Skills, investment and next steps for the UK post-Brexit

Professor Anu Ojha, Director, National Space Academy and Professor, University of Leicester

Patrick Wood,Director, International Advanced Programmes, UK Country Executive, Lockheed Martin

Jo Stevens, Managing Director, Oxford Innovation

Paul Adams, Head of Aerospace, Defence and Security, Vendigital

Questions and comments from the floor with

 

 

12.55 - 13.00

Chair’s and Westminster Business Forum closing remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

Sean Cudmore, Deputy Editor, Westminster Business Forum

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Booking arrangements

 

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Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

 

Options and charges:

  • Places at Next steps for the UK space industry - growth, innovation and priorities post-Brexit (including refreshments and a complete PDF copy of the transcripts) are £230 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places (see conditions): £85 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

 

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