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Smart and Well Conference


Date: Thursday 16 March

Time: 8:45 – 16:15

Venue: Bedruthan Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4BU

Challenges facing Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are exacerbated by distance and physical connectivity.  Yet today’s digital communication and applications technology offers the opportunity to reimagine how communities can thrive when supported within wider and more responsive networks.

Working in collaboration with Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Cornwall Council, NHS, and the South West Centre of Excellence for Satellite Applications, the Manchester School of Architecture has undertaken a major research project exploring Cornwall as a contemporary urban space within its rural context and opportunities.

Engaging a large team Professors, Senior Academics and Postgraduate students this work explores issues and opportunities presented by Cornwall’s history and location and the impact of factors including connectivity, healthcare, economics, services and people on contemporary life in and beyond the county.

This event will consist of a mix of presentations and open discussion to outline insights and research discoveries that provide a new perspective on the region. The workshop will connect and build on a recent study, which focused on the dispersed communities of the Scottish Highlands.


  • Inform key stakeholders of the outcomes of the study and of the opportunities implicated by the findings
  • Enable local expert input and further understand technological needs for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
  • Establish an environment of collaboration to identify, determine and define opportunities for future projects addressing local challenges through the use of satellite data and technology.

Agenda: (please note, this is subject to change)

8.45  – Welcome & Introductions over breakfast. Cathrine Armour, SWCoESA

Keynote: Mr Alan Cox, Satellite Applications Catapult
Case study: CLASP Environment, Resilience Resources and Support

9.00 – SMART & Well Project Overview – Professor Tom Jefferies and Dr Laura Coucill, Manchester School of Architecture, MMU

9.30 – Highlands and Islands: Experiences and Insights – James Cameron, Head of Life Sciences, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

10.15 – Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Project Findings

11.00 – Coffee Break

11.15 – Local Impact, National Relevance: Defining opportunities for collaboration

11.45 – ‘DEEP DIVE’ in to Project findings in parallel

  • Demography and Economy
  • Connectivity and Networks

1.00 – Lunch with Poster Session

1.45  – ‘DEEP DIVE’ in to Project findings in parallel

  • Energy and Power
  • Health and Lifestyle

2.45 – Break

3.00 – Shared Thinking: Outputs from Deep Dives

3.45 – Road map for the future: Identifying collaboration opportunities with next steps

4.15 – Close



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Useful Information: 

Hotel Accommodation:

 The Bedruthan Hotel is offering a conference B&B rate for delegates that will need overnight accommodation during the event. The rate is £80.30 per night, available to those who book direct with Bedruthan Hotel quoting the ‘Smart&Well Conference’.

Taxi Service: (5 minutes from Newquay Airport) Tel:  01637 860006

The South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications is based in Cornwall with the University of Exeter as the lead delivery partner.
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