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Workshop on Data Science and the use of Satellite Data in Moray Businesses

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Free Event

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Date: 20th March 2019 Time: 12:00-1500

Location: Moray College UHI, Moray St, Elgin IV30 1JJ

Target Audience: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Tourism, Forestry, Renewables, Public Sector, Food and Drink

Target Audience Size: 20

Lunch will be provided.

Event Summary

Satellite data is an emerging information asset used by businesses in many different industries. Example usages include the use of satellite data for to identify land usage, optimising solar panel energy output, extracting mineral deposits and assistance for planners and engineers.

The aim of this workshop is to explore what data is available and some of the applications, understand what support is available for businesses, and to learn about how the university is addressing the skills for your businesses to hire appropriate talent.

This workshop is a collaboration between the University of Highlands and Islands, and the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA).


1. Guest Speaker 1 Pam Anderson (ESA): Using Satellite Data in your business -

2. Guest Speaker 2 Dr Tom McCallum (UHI): Developing local data science skills and talent in Moray

3. Discussion and Group Activity

Background Information

ESA Business Applications offers funding and support to businesses from any sector who intend to use space (satellite navigation, Earth Observation, Satellite Telecommunication, Space Weather, and Space Technologies) to develop new commercial services. The vision is to improve the lives of people on Earth through Space. This is achieved through promotion and engagement of a wide range of users especially those who are not aware of the benefits that space technologies can bring them.

The programme offers funding to develop new commercial services through variety of mechanisms, with applications open all year. Businesses can either apply to a thematic opportunity or submit an open application.

The Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, (SoXSA), is the national centre innovating in satellite applications to deliver global solutions.

SoXSA engages across sectors in the exploitation of space by connecting innovation across business, academia & government. With this, SoXSA has an end-to-end focus on the use of satellite derived data to challenge conventional ideas and develop new concepts in the exploitation of space for the betterment of life on Earth. This end-to-end philosophy enables new space mission technologies that deliver new space-based data products in response to user needs. Through this, SoXSA seeks to foster economic growth and launch new opportunities.

Guest Speaker: Pam Anderson

The ESA Business Applications Regional Ambassador Platform, consisting of five Regional Ambassadors, aims to build awareness of the ESA Business Applications programme to users and partners and engage with potential stakeholders to inform and educate on the added value space assets can bring to solutions and services. The Ambassadors support organisations and individuals to engage with ESA Business Applications and scope out potential ideas of space-based applications or services that can be progressed through the programme.

Pam is the ESA Business Applications Regional Ambassador for Scotland and Northern Ireland and works collaboratively across the region in partnership with the development agencies and wider UK networks to generate collaborative projects.

Pam is a Chartered Engineer with a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. She has experience of various stages of the space lifecycle working within industry (Clyde Space), academia (University of Strathclyde), Catapult Centres (Satellite Applications Catapult and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult) and Space Agencies (NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory) over the last 9 years. Pam has a demonstrated ability in Engineering in mission analysis and design, CubeSat development, and aerospace manufacturing in addition to project management (Certified Associate in Project Management), Business Development and Knowledge Exchange.

Pam also has a passion for education and outreach and is part of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Speakers Programme and a STEM Ambassador.

Guest Speaker: Dr Tom McCallum

Tom joined the University of Highlands and Islands to lead the development of a new industry-led applied software development degree based on modern agile practices. This will complement the existing Computing and Interactive Media offerings already taught at the University. Developing data as an asset and a product is one of the new degree’s three key themes.

Curriculum fellow at University of Highlands and Islands. Tom has spent the last three years of his career at Capgemini, managing large public sector infrastructure guiding the use of automation to increase resilience and reduce costs. Before this Tom spent eight years developing Data Analytics platforms for Property companies in the Carehome Sector and Hedge Funds. He started his career working for a range of web companies including Tom has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and a first class degree in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh. Recently moving into academia part of Tom’s role is to engage with industry to understand their ambitions to adopt new technologies. Tom is a passionate supporter of gender diversity in STEM subjects and has spoken at a range of Schools and Careers events in the Highlands and Islands.