UK SPACE COMMUNITY REACHES OUT AT LANDMARK CONFERENCE
Commentators from across the UK Space industry are celebrating the success of the UK Space Conference 2015, which brought more than 1,000 delegates to Liverpool.
The theme for this year’s event, Space-enabled Futures, reflected the community’s shared commitment to promote technologies developed for space into downstream industries.
The event plays a key role in communicating the UK space community’s strategy as it aims to achieve strong growth over the next 15-years, capturing 10 per cent of the world space market by 2030.
The event, which is held every two years, has grown significantly since it was held in 2013, and reached a greater depth and breadth of attendees. The two-day conference brought together UK space representatives with users of space-based services, entrepreneurs, academia, policy-makers, funders and students.
UK Space Conference 2015 highlights
- Over 1,000 representatives from the space community heard contributions from 167 expert speakers covering a broad range of topics.
- More than 100 exhibitors took part, showcasing the latest innovations and technologies from across industry
- Over 50 broadcast, national press and professional media attended the event
- Five plenary sessions were held featuring leading UK commentators, bringing together the entire UK space community.
- 25 parallel sessions covered topics ranging from spaceports and spaceplanes, to earth observation for climate services, the development of driver-less vehicles and international partnership.
- British astronaut Tim Peake spoke live to the conference from Baikonur in Kazakhstan – and tweeted his support for the conference.
- The UK Space Education Office held an inspiring two-day teacher conference attended by 90 teachers. An education outreach programme engaged 236 secondary school pupils. In addition, there was an exhibition of Space Art created by school children, under the theme ‘Humans in Space.’
- Innovative approaches were taken to increase audience engagement, including a conference App that attracted feedback. Twitter was used actively with the promotion of #ukspace2015, which reached over 9 million users and featured on a live Twitter wall during the conference.
- UK Space Conference 2015 provided the launch pad for the UK Space Environments Association which will provide communication, collaboration and cooperation platforms for the UK space sector.
- The UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences Association (UK Space LABS) was also launched at the event, with the aim to bring together academia, industry and science to enable a coordinated output
Presentations and Feedback
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All publicised presentations of the conference will be available to view and download via the UK Space Conference 2015 website.
Conference images can be viewed here.