Who attended the UK Space Conference 2011?
Monday 04 - Tuesday 05 July 2011, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL
Industry - The space industry is a successful and important hi-tech sector of the UK economy. It covers a broad range of areas, ranging from satellite manufacturers and software designers, to satellite operators and service providers. The UK Space Conference encouraged participation by both those companies currently involved in space sector supply chain and those interested in using space technologies or applications.
Academics - Covering a wide field of space science and technology research, the UK Space Conference 2011 presented an excellent opportunity for academic and research delegates to make connections across both industry and the public sector. Research professionals took the opportunity to attend, share findings and discuss trends with experts from around the world.
Government - The conference provided an opportunity to learn more about the role of the UK Government in promoting, funding and utilising space-based technologies. There was a focus on the continuing development of the UK Space Agency, as well the use of space data across other Government departments. Civil servants from all levels of government were encouraged to find out more about the opportunities presented by space technologies and the impact of space on the national economy.
Students - Space offers one of the most varied and exciting ways to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. The space industry provides a range of exciting jobs and needs well-qualified workers to continue its expansion, and both education and careers was a major theme for the UK Space Conference. Students in further and higher education were encouraged to attend to take advantage of the opportunity to discuss careers in the space sector directly with industry and academic partners.
Educators - The UK Space education office (ESERO-UK) held its national conference in parallel with the UK Space Conference in Warwick. ESERO-UK provides space-related resources to help teachers to deliver the STEM curriculum. Many of these resources already exist at a local level or elsewhere in Europe, but ESERO-UK has developed networks of educators to collate, evaluate and promote them. Educators from all key stages were able to discuss the role of space in education, and an outreach programme for local schools was also arranged.
Media - The national media covered the broader themes of the conference, and specialist media wanted to participate in those substantive discussions of the conference that are relevant to their area of expertise.
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