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Come and talk Space in Scotland at the University's School of Physics and Astronomy at the North Haugh. Join us for an evening of fascinating talks on space in Scotland.

Organised in partnership with the University of St Andrews – Accommodation, Conferences & Events, INNOVATESPACE is the latest in VisitScotland's series of public talks that explores why space is such a growing and dynamic frontier for Scotland.

Now is the time to learn more and hear from three doctors of space who all work within different aspects of space and will tell us why space is so important and how we can keep innovating the nation to ensure that Scotland remains prominent within the global space world.

This event is perfect for everyone interested in astronomy and physics, space, satellites, engineering, earth observations, and more.

VisitScotland will be joined by:

Dr Anne-Marie Weijmans, Reader and Director of Postgraduate Studies, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of St Andrews
Anne-Marie's research concentrates on the structure and evolution of galaxies. Her main research topic is the study of dark and stellar haloes in galaxies, and she uses a technique called integral-field spectroscopy to measure the motions and properties of stars to learn more about these haloes. Other topics that she works on include the shapes and morphologies of nearby galaxies. She is also active as the data release coordinator of SDSS-IV (Sloan Digital Sky Survey) and the director of Shine: a public engagement project that explores the properties of light through science, art and music.

Dr Ciara Mcgrath, Research Associate, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde
Ciara's research focuses on astrodynamics, and in particular the use of constellations of small satellites for earth observation. She works closely with the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Satellite Applications, also known as SoXSA, to find space-based solutions to real world problems. In this talk, Ciara will tell us about one of these solutions, which has the potential to save lives around the world using Scottish space expertise.

Dr Luke Daly, Research Associate in Solar System Science, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
Luke is a planetary scientist that specialises in nano-scale measurements of rare minerals in meteorites to understand the evolution of our Solar System when the Sun first started to shine. He completed his MSci in Geology at Imperial College London and his PhD in Planetary Science at Curtin University under Professor Phil Bland. While at Curtin he was also part of the Desert Fireball Network, an Australian-wide observatory of all sky cameras that are designed to image fireballs and recover meteorites with orbits. Luke continues working on camera networks and is part of a UK group that is building a similar network of all sky cameras across the UK as part of an integrated Global Fireball Observatory. He will share with us what we can learn from the information that is being gathered through the fireball network.

Talk schedule
5.30 to 6pm: Registration, welcome tea & coffee, and space exhibits to explore – Physics Foyer
6pm: INNOVATESPACE starts – Lecture Theatre C
6.45pm: Conclusion of talks, audience Q&A
7pm: Drinks reception to take the discussion further and an invitation to join a Planetarium Show at either 7pm or 7.30pm (pre-booking required)
8pm: Event ends

If you would like more information or have any queries regarding this talk, please contact Fiona Mackinnon on

Registration to INNOVATESPACE is free: book your place online now.

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