Solving Tomorrow's Problems Today: Becoming the Space Sector

Date and time01 June 2023 - 12 noon - 4.00pm BST
LocationRoom: Engineering and Innovation Centre, EIC 317University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE
Solving Tomorrow's Problems Today: Becoming the Space Sector information
Adam Holden
Entry fee: Free
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Reserve your place to hear about funding opportunities, building partnerships, understanding new opportunities and how to test your ideas.

The UK Space Sector annual income reached 17.5bn in 2021/22 up a billion on the previous year and continues to grow year on year, with a supply chain of 1590 organisations.

Hear how to gain access to industry experts, academics, funders, and industry leaders to discuss ideas, consortia and routes to deployment and commercial success.

The session will provide a platform to help solve industry problems using shared expertise to achieve new capabilities in the Space Sector.

See how your parallel industries can break into the space industry, finding out how to work with organisations such as the UK Space Agency and funding opportunities they bring with their LEO GEO programmes of support and how UCLan can help.

Find out how you can you diversify into the space sector, find co-operative partners to enable success and build capability and how we can help. As a practical round table event where you can examine how to pivot your business, develop new ideas and examine how UCLan can help feasibility of potential new systems/technology/processes.

It will also be a great opportunity to make new contacts in a buzzing vibrant market.


12 noon – 12.45pm - Networking Lunch

12.45pm - 1.15pm - Welcome and overview of the Space Sector in the Region, Funding and growth Leo/Geo/ONWARDS - Prof Robert William Walsh, Professor of Solar Physics at UCLan

1.15pm – 1.45pm - Getting into space? Do you have an idea that could fly? Early Ideation and feasibility - Martin Jones, UCLan’s Innovation Clinic – “The art of the Possible”

1.45pm - 2.15pm - Local Aerospace/Space Infrastructure – Paul Bell - North-West Aerospace Alliance

2.15pm – 2.45pm - Diversification into the Space Sector – Alan Cross - NW Space Cluster

2.45pm – 3.45pm - Round table problem solving – Building Cooperatives. What solutions do you bring?

4.00pm – Event close

For accommodation, we have a UCLan rate at the Preston International Hotel - £67 for room and bed and breakfast. Please contact UCLan staff when booking place.

The event will be catered, to reserve parking and inform of specialist catering requirements email

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