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03/12/21 0930-17.00

Drones have revolutionised how we use data, and their use keeps growing. They can gather hyperspectral data for mining surveys, deliver post and critical supplies to the Isles of Scilly and even identify endangered species in the jungle using thermal infrared cameras.

Cornwall is now at the forefront of drone technology. In the past few years alone, over £300k of funding has been allocated to R&D, testing, and commercialisation of drones and UAS from Aerospace Cornwall, and across the wider UK, the UAV industry is poised to add £42 billion to the UK’s GDP by 2030.

In this one-day conference, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Hear about the latest developments in drone technology from SMEs in Cornwall and the South West;
  • Engage with panel discussions about the challenges for the drone sector and the skills needed to grow the sector;
  • Hear about opportunities in drone and satellite data analytics;
  • Find out about the funding available through Aerospace Cornwall;
  • Network with industry professionals and academics working in space and aerospace;


A full schedule and speaker list will be provided closer to the event.

  • Bethany Allen – Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth and Skills Hub
  • Dr Karen Anderson – University of Exeter
  • James Fairbairn – Aerospace Cornwall
  • George Farrington – Isles of Scilly Steamship Group
  • Charlie Heard – Babcock
  • Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard – RNAS Culdrose
  • Ali Salisbury – Cornish Lithium
  • Mawgan Searle – Piran Composites
  • Jake Shaw-Sutton – University of Plymouth
  • Rebecca Toomey – Windracers


Breakout room 1: Drones, Data and Agriculture – Farming from the Sky

Join our drop in session demonstrating the University of Plymouth’s, agri-tech Platforms.

Come along and find out how drones and data are revolutionising farming from the Sky. From remotely operated agri-tech platforms capable of planting, spraying and harvesting crops to creating multi spectral maps of the farm environment.

The University of Plymouth has a long track record in robotics and are working closely with companies in the South West to enable the region to be at the forefront of agricultural and technology innovations.

Breakout room 2: Visit to Immersive Business

Join our visit to Immersive Business on the Penryn Campus.

Immersive Business is establishing a new and unique immersive technology facility where businesses can access and benefit from virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality technologies.

Led by Falmouth University in collaboration with University of Exeter, Immersive Business will ensure that eligible small and medium sized businesses can compete nationally and globally through the development and application of the next competitive edge: immersive technologies.

Who is this event for?

This event is open to all with an interest in drones and data, with a particular focus on the work of SMEs in Cornwall. Those working in the field of drones, UAVs and UAVs, environmental intelligence, and machine learning and artificial intelligence are encouraged to attend.


Attendance of this conference is fully funded. Refreshments, lunch, and a networking reception will be included.

Location: Tremough Innovation Centre, Penryn

This event is organised by the CSATT project*, which is delivered by Truro and Penwith College and part-funded by the European Social Fund as part of the Meeting Smart Specialisation Business Needs through Higher Level Skills project. CSATT is supported by Aerospace Cornwall, Spaceport Cornwall, and Goonhilly Earth Station. You can find out more about CSATT here:

*The project is receiving up to £1.73m of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit

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