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SSGP hosts 2017 Showcase in London

23 November 2017 – The Space for Smarter Government Programme hosted its third annual showcase event at the BEIS Conference Centre, London.

Building on the success and feedback received on our 2016 showcase event , this one-day event was designed to enable face-to-face discussion, encourage debate, highlight some current public sector policy challenges and expose new opportunities (including existing operational services, new data sources and funding). The day also provided a forum for sharing the latest results from the most recent SSGP funding call (SBRI Phase 2) and an opportunity to share some of the benefits being realised by previous projects supported by the programme.

After receiving a comprehensive welcome pack and networking in the Exhibition Area over a coffee, the 100+ attendees from the public sector, industry and not-for-profit organisations came together to hear the latest sector context and presentations, panel debates and participate in Q&A sessions centred around three strategic themes: Environment, Infrastructure and Disasters.

Welcome and Opening address

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  • Space Strategic Context – Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director for Growth, UK Space Agency
  • SSGP – The story so far… – Sara Huntingdon, SSGP Manager, UK Space Agency

Session 1 – Environment

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  • Water quality project – Phil Briscoe, Rezatec
  • Plant health project – Tim Vallings, Rezatec
  • Air quality project – Roland Leigh, University of Leicester/EarthSense 
  • Using Earth Observation in Defra’s policy delivery – Lawrence Way, JNCC
  • What is coming next: Sentinel 5P – Ian Downey, ESA

Panel Discussion and Audience Q& – Chair – David Askew, Natural England

Session 2 – Infrastructure

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  • 1:100 Answers as a Service – Andy Wells, Sterling Geo
  • Digital Twin – Rollo Home, Ordnance Survey
  • Nuclear Estate Challenges – Rick Short, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Invited Panel Guests: Ian Downey (ESA), Tim Just (Innovate UK), Stuart Martin (Satellite Applications Catapult)

Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A – Chair – Chris Lambert, Westminster Energy

Session 3 – Disasters

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  • The International Charter and EMS – David Hodgson, UK Exec Secretariat Rep on Charter
  • National Flood Mapping Project – Geraint Cooksley, Telespazio
  • Highlands and Islands Lifeline Service – Barney Gray, AST

Invited Panel Guests: Alison Matthews (Environment Agency), John Vesey (Satellite Applications Catapult), Paul Drury (Ambiental)

Panel Discussion & Q&A – Chair – Noel Nelson, Natural Hazards Partnership

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Photos from the Showcase 

Click on the image below to visit the Flickr photo gallery of the 2017 SSGP Showcase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/spacegovuk/albums/72157689092701491)

SSGP Showcase 2017