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Animal Health and Space Sandpit – Surrey Hampshire Space Hub Event

Thursday 2nd December 2021

Animal Health Innovation Network (AHIN) is hosting an Animal Health and Space Sandpit on 2nd December 2021. This initiative, led jointly by the Universities of Southampton and Surrey, arose out of the Space and Animal Health workshop, held in February 2021, as part of the Hampshire and Surrey Space Hub activity; and the EM3 High Potential Opportunity (Animal Health) scoping discussions, respectively.

The aim of this sandpit is to facilitate collaboration between the Animal Health and Space Sectors to stimulate cross-disciplinary research projects. One example could be exploiting satellite data to monitor animal, human and environmental contributions to antimicrobial resistance and the impact on health.

The following themes have been identified in early discussions :

1. Theme 1: Ecosystem Health – track and monitor changes in biodiversity/supply chains and food system.

2. Theme 2: Surveillance and modelling- new threat prediction and early intervention models

3. Theme 3: technical and analytical capabilities – identifying cross-sectoral technologies or gaps in current offerings

4. Theme 4: Knowledge exchange to key stakeholders

The sandpit and networking event on 2nd December 2021 will focus on Themes 1 and 2. This would be for companies, researchers and relevant stakeholder organisations to attend and it will allow networking and provide opportunities for possible collaborations.

This is a hybrid event. Please contact Mana: for dial in or venue details.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day.

Register here

Agenda for Animal Health and Space Sandpit

The attendees will include people from APHA, the Pirbright Institute, Academia and the business community.

The event is a Sandpit and follows on from several planning meetings. We aim to bring together industry, academia and other interested organisations and present some useful potential funding information to enable discussion, both during networking and in a formal session, that will kick start some potential collaborations.


Objective: Identify collaborative opportunities for businesses and researchers in the area of Animal Health and Space.

Meeting Details:

Date: 2nd December 2021

Venue: The Leggett Building, University of Surrey, Daphne Jackson Road, Guildford, GU2 7WG

Time: 12:30 – 15:30

Chair: Professor Alasdair Cook

12:30 – Lunch, (tea and coffee available all afternoon)

12:40 – Introduction from Professor Alasdair Cook

12:45 – Professor Guy Poppy – Guy, who spent several years as the Govt’s chief scientific advisor for Food Security, will set out context and show the synergies and interdependencies that exist in the area of animals-agriculture-food/AMR/OneHealth/animals-conservation-agriculture.

12:55 – Potential funding opportunities (Helen Sweeney from Innovate UK covering HORIZON Europe and Alexandra Lewis (TBC) from the University of Surrey Research Funding Team covering other sources). This is to allow some knowledge about potential funding to inform the group discussions, later.

13:05 – Chris Hobbs – Chris is Head of Strategy at the Satellite Applications Catapult and will cite use cases, and we expect attendance from some earth observation companies.

13:15 – an SME

13:25 – Dr Karen Marshall – Karen is a qualified vet, now doing bone research, who has applied for space funding.

13:30 – Comfort Break

13: 40 – Lightning talks: Attendees have 2 minutes to describe their area of expertise

14:15 – Tea/Coffee networking / set up break-out tables

14:30 – Break out for group discussions:

o Theme 1: Ecosystem Health

o Theme 2: Surveillance and Modelling

15:00 – Q&A, plenary discussion and next steps:

15: 28 – Closing remarks: Professor Alasdair Cook

15.30 – Finish

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