S4 EP4: Launching Innovation: Academia and Space

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This episode, we delve into the relationship between academia and the space industry.

Join us as we explore how academia influences the space industry and how initiatives like the Innovation LaunchPad Network+ Researchers in Residence Programme facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration between academia and industry, fostering ground-breaking discoveries and technological advancements.

Episode Guests


Rebecca Quinn

Knowledge Exchange Manager

Satellite Applications Catapult

Dr Daniel Oi

Reader in the Department of Physics

University of Strathclyde

Dr Eloise Marais

Associate Professor in Physical Geography

University College London

Dr Santosh Bhattarai

Lecturer in Space Geodesy

University College London

Episode Host


Dallas Campbell

Broadcaster and Writer

Dallas presents some of television’s most popular factual programmes, his immersive documentaries lift the curtain on our human planet, giving audiences of all ages and backgrounds an exclusive backstage pass to some of the world’s most fascinating stories, ideas and places.

Beyond television, Dallas is an author, speaker, and ambassador for STEM education. He works closely with several major outreach initiatives which help kids across the UK think creatively about technology and innovation. He works internationally with the British Council’s FameLab project, designing and running workshops for early career academics, helping them hone their science communication skills.


  • You can view Santosh’s profile on the UCL website here
  • You can view Eloise’s profile on the UCL website here
  • Eloise Marais can be found talking more about her research project and Researcher in Residence experience on the Innovation Launchpad Network+ here.
  • For more information about the Researchers in Residence programme, see here.
  • The Innovation Launchpad Network+ can be found here.
  • Read the case study about Daniel Oi’s Researcher in Residence journey.


In today’s Outer-Orbit our host Dallas Campbell continues the conversation with Daniel Oi who is giving us a crash course in Quantum Physics, from interpreting quantum theory to the possibility of a multiverse.

In these short bonus episodes we’re going to be continuing the conversation from our main episodes, focusing in on a particular topic or an idea or a point of view or something that piqued our interest.

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