Making Europe Work for You



Satellite Applications Catapult
Electron Building
Fermi Avenue
Harwell Campus
OX11 0QR


24/02/2016 - 10:00 am


24/02/2016 - 5:00 pm

Workshop Overview

This is a workshop organised by UKspace and the Satellite Applications Catapult to shine a light on the contribution Europe can make to the goals of the Space Growth Action Plan and specifically how companies can get the most from European financial mechanisms which are currently untapped by the UK space sector. The programme will cover new EC initiatives such as the European Fund for Strategic Investments (“Junker Fund”), the InnovFin fund and EU structural funds. It will also lift the veil on vital information channels such as the European Investment Advisory Hub. Opportunities will be provided to talk to key officials and experts.

The day is aimed at any company associated with the space sector and is part of the UKspace SME Forum programme of activities. There will be no charge for attendance and lunch will be provided.

Draft Agenda

09:45 – 10:15 Arrival and Registration

10:15 – 10:30 Introduction – Why this event is important to you – Graham Peters, UKspace/Avanti

10:30 – 10:50 Keynote – Continental Perspective on UK Engagement in Europe – Martin Ditter, ESA

10:50 – 11:10 European Space Policy – Philippe Jean, European Commission

11:10 – 11:55 How things work in Brussels

  • Frank Moeschler, UKpermrep
  • Mani Sivasgaram, Innovate UK
  • Rupert Wilkinson, EP

11:55 – 12:10 Q&A / Discussions

12:10 – 13:00 Lunch and networking

13:00 – 14:00 New Opportunities

  • European Fund for Strategic Investments – Theda Fuchs, European Investment Banks
  • Space Across H2020 – Catherine Holt (Space) and Helen Almey (Security), National Contact Points for Horizon 2020, Innovate UK
  • Structural Funds – Colin Baldwin, UK Space Agency

14:00 – 15:30 European Opportunities by Market

  • Overview of Markets: Work done to date on 5 of the markets highlighted by the space Innovation & Growth Strategy
  • Split into groups and answer the following questions for each market (Maritime Surveillance, Location Based Services, Climate Services, Robust, Resilient GNSS and Fixed Satellite Broadband)
  • What are the technical challenges that the UK should aim to address?
  • How can the UK improve its position in Europe in the market? In terms of competitive position, relationships with European DGs and agencies.
  • Which European regulations and standards in the market should the UK seek to influence?
  • Summary by each table

15:30 – 15:45 Influencing H2020 to support IGS Markets – Lee Boland, UK Space Agency

15:45 – 16:00 Wrap up and Close

16:00 – 16:30 Sessions with European Officials


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