Environmental Space Living Lab & Cotie Launch Event (Petroc)

21 September
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We are pleased to announce the launch of The Environmental Space Living Lab (ESLL) alongside the recently-completed phase II of our Cotie Innovation Launchpad facility. Join us to celebrate this important milestone in the development of our support for local businesses and start-ups to harness the power of innovative technology.

The Environmental Space Living Lab combines cutting-edge equipment and real-world test environments to enable farmers and others to address agricultural, aquacultural and broader environmental challenges by adopting innovative and space-enabled technologies through collaboration and co-creation with innovators, technology providers and academia.

Funded by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and led by the Satellite Applications Catapult, the ESLL will ultimately open in three locations and will act as a showcase environment to kick-start trials and demonstrations of sustainable agricultural and environmental technology in the South West. Petroc’s ESLL is the first of these three locations to open its doors.

Alongside the ESLL, Petroc’s Cotie Innovation Launchpad has been expanded to provide local entrepreneurs and small businesses with access to the latest augmented/virtual reality and immersive technologies for content creation and collaboration to promote product, service and process innovation and support business growth. These new resources complement the existing facilities, which incorporate a development zone with 3D manufacturing technology, conferencing facilities, open-plan hot-desking and high-spec PCs, cleanroom, and design pods.

Come and join us to learn how the ESLL and Cotie will facilitate transformation supported by space-enabled and autonomous technologies such as robotics, remote sensing, and 5G, within agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, aquaculture, and the management of woodlands and other habitats.

The Cotie and ESLL are complemented by Petroc’s University Centre in the South West Institute of Technology building, with the three facilities creating an exciting hub of knowledge transfer within northern Devon, driving economic growth and productivity for our rural and coastal communities.

The in-person event is free to attend, spaces are limited so book your ticket as soon as possible.

Note: The event will be recorded; please let us know in advance if you do not wish to be filmed, otherwise attendance will be taken as consent to being filmed.

We look forward to seeing you there.


  • 11:00 – 11:50 Presentations and formal opening ceremony
  • 12:00 -12:45 Networking lunch
  • 13:00 – 15:00 Tech talks (information to follow)
Satellite Applications Catapult
We help organisations make use of, and benefit from, satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.
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