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    The Royal Society of Edinburgh
    22-26 George Street
    EH2 2PQ

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ONLINE EVENT: Bringing Space Down to Earth – RSE/RAEng Event


In light of the Scottish and UK Governments’ advice around COVID-19, we have taken the decision to cancel or postpone all the events we had planned up to the end of June.

This event will be made available online; more information to follow.



Satellite data services are integrated into many aspects of our lives, from satellite navigation through to environmental monitoring. A panel of experts will discuss the broad range of ways in which space technology is used and how Scotland is helping lead the way in developing the space technologies of the future.

This is the 2020 Annual RSE/RAEng event, organised in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Booking also available via Eventbrite.


Professor Dame Anne Glover FRS FRSE, President, The Royal Society of Edinburgh


Professor Colin McInnes FREng FRSE, James Watt Chair, Professor of Engineering Science, University of Glasgow

Colin McInnes is James Watt Chair, Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Glasgow. His research interests centre on space technologies at extremes of length-scale, currently supported by a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor Malcolm Macdonald, Chair of Space Technology, University of Strathclyde

A professional space technology engineer, academic & director working at the interface between academia, industry, & government, with a strong, proven and international record of accomplishment. Malcolm is Chair of Space Technology at the University of Strathclyde, the Director of SoXSA, and a Non-Executive Board Member of the UK Space Agency. His work aims to enable and develop new space-derived services through advancing a range of new technologies to challenge conventional ideas and advance innovative concepts in the exploration and exploitation of space.

Sarah Middlemiss, Space Programme Manager, Ecometrica

Sarah Middlemiss is Space Programme Manager at Ecometrica – a downstream space company that uses data from the ground, air and satellites to monitor environmental change and impact. Ecometrica works globally – from monitoring deforestation in chocolate supply chain in West Africa to the spread of rhododendrons in the West of Scotland. Sarah currently leads the "Forests 2020 project", a UK Space Agency supported project which is using earth observation satellites to improve the monitoring of over 300 million hectares of tropical forests.

Dr Pam Anderson, Head of Institutional Engagement, AAC Clyde Space

Pam is a Chartered Engineer with a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. She has a background in Space Mission and System Design and Business Development and was the European Space Agency Business Applications Regional Ambassador for Scotland and Northern Ireland. She has recently joining as the Head of Institutional Engagement for AAC Clyde Space. Pam also has an enthusiasm for STEM outreach and engagement.