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The Canada-UK Colloquium

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The Canada-UK Colloquium

An annual event, The Canada-UK colloquium aims to increase knowledge and educate the public about the advantages to be drawn from a close and dynamic relationship between the two countries. The event takes place alternately in each country, bringing together by invitation British and Canadian parliamentarians, public officials, academics, representatives from the private sector, graduate students and others.  Learn about the Canada-UK Council.

2015 Colloquium

SPACE: Obstacles and Opportunities

19 - 21 November 2015
The University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre, Glasgow, Scotland

Both Canada and the UK have been early participants in the transformative development stemming from scientific exploration and commercial use of near earth space over the past 60 years. Canada has a unique status as the only non-European ‘Cooperating State’ with the European Space Agency – while there are numerous bilateral space-related activities between the two countries.

Satellite technology and space observation touch the lives of all, in fields such as safety, security, businesses, national infrastructure and leisure. Networks of navigation satellites are increasingly integrated into daily affairs; smart phone photos are not only time stamped (a service also provided by these satellites) but also record users’ geo-locations, detected by satellites. CubeSats, which are very low cost standardised satellites, are opening up many new commercial opportunities (at much lower cost) in areas such as earth observation and bringing in a new generation of companies and entrepreneurs. Farm vehicles can distribute fertiliser based on satellite infra-red measurement of crop health and GPS measurement of their location. Observation from space is also having transformational implications for industries such as forestry.

See the full theme of the colloquium