CEOI-ST Challenge Workshop

Exploring the opportunities and barriers to the space market in the Welsh context
November 24th 2015
The Clubhouse, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales


It is recognised that there are particular challenges to the entry to the space technology areas owing to the timescales and frequency of missions and the stringent qualification requirements for space missions. Further, there are barriers in downstream sector arrayed around knowledge and markets. There is need to map the capability in EO instrumentation and space technology as well as downstream pull in the Welsh context. The event will look to:

• map the barriers and assess how these can be ameliorated
• broker the capability of SMEs
• interface to regional growth strategy (BIS/DA) and regional smart specialisation (EU).
• highlight opportunities for support and incubators

Intended Audience

• Industry interested in the space market with technology offerings (spin-in/out)and/or downstream applications
• University or knowledge providers in the target region
• Large businesses looking to enhance their supply chain
• Business angels/incubator/SME support organisations interested in the space market


10.00 Welcome and introductions (Mick Johnson, Paul Monks CEOI-ST & Welsh Govt.)
10.30 Prof Julie Williams – “Science, growth and innovation” – Chief Scientific Advisor Wales.
11.00 What are the business opportunities in space? The Welsh Space Strategy – John Whalley – Aerospace Wales – Forum
11.30 Space SME – barriers, challenges and personal experiences? Steve Keyworth – Environment Systems
11.50 Can we work with big companies in space? – Speaker tba (Airbus)
12.10 What funding is available to support business in space? – Catherine Holt – H2020 National Contact Point for Space- Innovate UK
12.30 Elevator pitches from companies
1.00 -2.00 Lunch and Networking
2.00 – Close

If you wish to attend please contact and any dietary requirements to Chris Goddard