Influencers’ dinner: space sector

3 October 2014

The IOP and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) held another successful influencers’ dinner on 30 September in Glasgow.

Influencers’ dinner

Craig Clark of Clydespace gave a fascinating insight into the space sector and the opportunities it holds for Scotland. There are already over 30 companies in Scotland relevant to the space industry employing workers who mainly have degrees.

Scotland is a world leader in the CubeSat platform and the first one was launched this year. These bag-of-sugar-sized satellites have a myriad of uses for many different sectors of the economy, from agriculture to city traffic control. The space industry is likely to grow further in Scotland and Craig emphasised the importance of encouraging the next generation to take up physics and engineering subjects.

Influencers’ dinners provide members with the opportunity to meet, learn from, and engage with key speakers from both the public and private sectors in relaxed surroundings conducive to informed debate and discussion. The guest speaker is invited to address guests under the ‘Chatham House’ rule for around 20 minutes, after which a wide-ranging discussion is encouraged. Attendance ranges from 40 to 50 senior representatives from the corporate sector, government, local authorities, trade unions, the third sector and academia. This was the second event delivered in a series which aim to explore industrial sectors important to the Scottish economy, in which physics is essential.

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