Unique Data.Space conference attracts global audience

Earth and Space

The heads of three national space agencies are among the experts gathering in Glasgow for a unique international data space conference hosted by the University of Strathclyde.

Billed as the information conference for the ‘new space revolution’, Data.Space2019 brings together a raft of experts from across the globe to discuss how to use the increasing amount of data coming from orbit.

This year’s speakers come from established institutions to exciting new, entrepreneurial start-ups, from academia, and government, and from sectors as diverse as finance, energy, marine and maritime, and transport.

The President of the French Space Agency the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, Dr Jean-Yves Le Gall, Dr Graham Turnock, the CEO of the UK Space Agency and Professor Seidu Onailo Mohammed, the Director General of the Nigerian space agency, the National Space Research and Development Agency are among the line-up.

Ivan McKee, Scottish Government Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation and Air Vice-Marshall Rocky Rochelle OBE, the Chief of Staff Capability at the Royal Air Force, are also among this year’s speakers from 24-25 January.

Space commercial opportunities

The conference, which will showcase some of the most exciting companies in the sector, aims to raise awareness of the commercial opportunities connected to space and allow start-up businesses, investors, decision, policy, knowledge, and data makers to network.

The space industry in Scotland alone has more than 100 private and public organisations, supporting more than 7,000 jobs.

Glasgow designs and builds more small satellites than any other city in Europe with companies like Clyde Space, which built the UK's first Cubesat, and Spire Global, the conference’s headline sponsor who build spacecraft on their Glasgow production-line.

The field is expanding thanks to the increasing commercialisation of data and services from space and Scotland's space industry plans to grow from £1 billion annual revenue to £4 billion by 2030, potentially creating thousands of jobs.


Strathclyde is internationally renowned for its space research and Professor Malcolm Macdonald, the director of SoXSA (the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications) and Chair of Space Technology at the University, said: “Normally space conferences simply involve lots of people who work in space - but this is much more about the collaboration of ideas and how one industry can help another.
“Strathclyde has one of Europe’s largest space engineering research activities, and is arguably one of the best universities in Europe at pulling research through into products and services of real societal value.“

Tickets are still available to be part of the audience for the brand new New Peers Review live podcast on Wednesday 23 January at 6pm at the University of Strathclyde Collins Building. The co-production between the University of Strathclyde and DW, Germany's international broadcaster, Deutsche Well discusses satellites and space exploration.