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Space Technology Applications in Science and Industry

Space Technology Applications in Science and Industry

A summer school aimed to provide an overview of the status, challenges and opportunities of the space industry. For anyone who is excited to transfer their skills, creativity and enthusiasm into the space industry.


In the last decade, the UK space industry has transformed into one of UK’s fastest growing industrial sectors. However, the wide range of opportunities offered by this development is not always apparent to young researchers in academia and beyond.

This summer school will offer a multi-disciplinary overview on space research in academia and the related activities in industry as well as address the regulatory framework for space-related activities.

The lectures will provide a comprehensive overview of the broad range of opportunities offered by the exploration of space and the latest developments across several disciplines and sectors. The participants will be able to develop their knowledge further during workshops, with additional sessions on public outreach, careers options and resilience during post-graduate studies enhancing their skill set.

The attendance to the summer school is expected to be in-person and the capacity is limited to 50 participants.


  • Space Technology
  • Space Weather and Risks
  • Space Sustainability
  • Space Industry Business Models
  • Space Law, Policy and Insurance


Lindisfarne Centre, St. Aidan’s College, Durham University

Accommodation has been reserved at Snow college, Durham University, for five nights (September 10 – 15, 2023) and is optional during the registration.

Conference Dinner
Thursday, September 14, 7 pm, at the FUSION restaurant, Business School, Durham University

School Registration
STFC-funded students:  free
Others: £150 (incl. lunch, refreshments and conference dinner)



Durham University

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Course Directors

  • Dr Hermine Landt-Wilman (Assistant Professor, Physics)
  • Dr James Osborn (Associate Professor, Physics)
  • Dr Richard Wilman (Assistant Professor, Physics)
  • Dr Atanu Chaudhuri (Associate Professor, Business School)
  • Prof Anthony Yeates (Professor, Mathematical Sciences)

Preliminary Programme

Monday, September 11

09:00 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome from Prof Kieran Fernandes
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Development and Engagement, Durham University
10:15 – 10:30 Introduction by Prof John Girkin
Director of Research, Department of Physics, Durham University
10:30 – 11:30 Space Technology in Science
Giuseppe Racca (European Space Agency)
11:30 – 12:30 Space Technology in Industry
Tobias Lin (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12:30 – 14:00 lunch break
14:00 – 15:30 Space Data in Astronomy
Hermine Landt-Wilman (Durham University)
15:30 – 16:00 coffee break
16:00 – 17:00 Resilience and Mental Health for your Post-Graduate Studies
Kate Augarde (Durham University)
17:00 – 18:30 Careers Options and Choices
David Henderson and Peter Fox (Durham University)

Tuesday September 12

09:00 – 10:30 Space Data for Earth Observations
Danny Donoghue (Durham University)
10:30 – 11:00 coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Space Weather and Risks
Anthony Yeates (Durham University)
12:30 – 14:00 lunch break
14:00 – 15:30 Space Sustainability
Nikita Chiu (University of Exeter)
15:30 – 16:00 coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 Down to Earth – Outreach and Public Engagement
Phil Atkinson (4wardfutures)

Wednesday September 13

09:00 – 10:30 The Industrialisation of Space
Michael Curtis-Rouse (Satellite Applications Catapult)
10:30 – 11:00 coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Space Situational Awareness
Ralph Dinsley (Northern Space and Security Ltd)
12:30 – 14:00 lunch break
14:00 – 17:00 Workshops: Observations from the James Webb Space Telescope
David Rosario (Newcastle University)
Earth Observations
Danny Donoghue (Durham University)
Satellite Tracking
James Osborn (Durham University)

Thursday September 14

09:00 – 10:30 Space Industry Business Models
Atanu Chaudhuri and Kieran Fernandes (Durham University)
10:30 – 11:00 coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Space Industry and Astronomy: Conflict and Collaboration
Andrew Lawrence (University of Edinburgh)
12.30 – 14.00 lunch break
14:00 – 17:00 Visit to the North East Technology Park

Friday September 15

09:30 – 11:00 Space Situational Awareness (Law and Policy)
Christopher Newman (Northumbria University)
11:00 – 12:30 Space Insurance
Mark Williamson (Space Technology Consultant)
12:30 – 14:00 lunch break
14:00 close