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13 March 2024 - UK Astronomy - Oral evidence

Committee Science, Innovation and Technology Committee
Inquiry UK Astronomy

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Start times: 9:20am (private) 9:30am (public)

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How can the fabulous world of UK astronomy be turned to our commercial, economic and even wider benefit?

The Science, Innovation and Technology Committee follow up the first fascinating session in its inquiry into the capabilities and successes of UK astronomy with a delve into how this advanced space science can be applied to much wider benefit.

The UK astronomy sector enables UK participation in international astronomy missions and programmes, in itself a global co-operative and diplomatic effort.  


Meeting details

At 9:30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry UK Astronomy
Director at UK Astronomy Technology Centre
Academic at The Open University
At 10:15am: Oral evidence
Inquiry UK Astronomy
Research and Operations at QMC Instruments
Head of Earth Observation and Science at Airbus Defence and Space
At 11:00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry UK Astronomy
Chief Executive Officer at Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd
Professor of Planetary Science and Exploration and Deputy Head, School of Physical Sciences at Open University

But what added value could commercialisation of the advanced science and imaging technology involved bring to the UK economy in terms of jobs, inward investment, development of key skills and even wider societal benefits?

And further - how well are these wide potential benefits being encouraged and supported by public programmes and funding, and private investment? How competitive is the UK in this field currently?

The Committee’s concurrent inquiry into commercialising quantum technologies has highlighted how the disparate elements involved in scientific research and development must come together and co-ordinate to translate technological advances into human and global benefits.

Across three panels of expert witnesses, the Commitee invites views on the strength of collaboration between academia, spinouts, SMEs and wider industry, as well as organisations such as the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, in the drive to expand and maximise the utility and benefit of UK Astronomy.


Room 6, Palace of Westminster

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