Engagement and Outreach

Our academic members of staff work closely with industry partners on a wide variety of collaborative projects. If you are interested in finding out how our Space research can benefit your business, please contact Dr Sarah Stevens.


As one of three regional centres of excellence for the Satellite Applications Catapult, we can assist businesses in improving their performance through the use of satellite data. This is done through our work as the lead partner of EMBRACE - a collaborative partnership between the University of Leicester, the University of Nottingham and the British Geological Survey (BGS). An important focus of this partnership is to engage with clients from organisations and sectors who do not currently use satellites, and work with them to develop new applications of satellite data that will be of use to them in the future.

National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)

We lead and direct the National Centre for Earth Observation. Set up by the Natural Environment Research Council, the NCEO’s remit is to help translate earth observation knowledge and environmental data to support government and business.

Bio-imaging Unit

The Bio-imaging Unit acts as a focus for the exploitation of current instrumentation research for biological and medical use. Using space technology, we are developing a number of imaging technologies can be taken to hospitals and to patients, including a portable hybrid gamma camera via a spinout company Gamma Technologies Ltd. The aim is to improve diagnosis of cancers, including breast and melanoma, which will help clinicians to offer the most appropriate treatment of the cancer at a much earlier stage.

Diagnostic Development Unit (DDU)

The Space Research Centre is a founding partner of the Diagnostics Development Unit - an area of collaborative research with Chemistry, Mathematics and Cardio-Vascular Science within the University that develops and tests non-invasive diagnostic methods for disease detection. The DDU is based in the Emergency Medicine Academic Group at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. It uses spectral and thermal infra-red imaging, volatile organic compound and breath analysis using mass spectrometers and cardio-vascular techniques, and also acts as a testing and development partner for industry.

Space Research Centre and Medical Devices

Using collaborations with the Diagnostics Development Unit and with clinicians based within College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology and at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, the Space Research Centre is helping to develop a number of medical devices for patient monitoring, treatment and diagnosis. These devices use the space engineering knowledge for optimised design and, where applicable, transfer appropriate technologies.

Advanced Space Design Laboratory (ASDL)

The Department of Engineering is in the process of establishing an Advanced Space Design Laboratory (ASDL). This laboratory will be aimed at developing advanced on-board electronics and computing as well as very small satellites (nano-, pico- and femto-satellites) such as CubeSats and Satellites-on-a-Printed-Circuit-board (PCBSat) that have become very popular in educational establishments all over the world. The aim is to test TRL in space in a more cost-effective way and to carry out scientific experiments. A 2-U CubeSat mission codenamed UoLSat is in the process of development for training and research purposes. For further information please contact Prof. Tanya Vladimirova.

National Space Centre

The University of Leicester was one of the key founders of the Millennium-funded National Space Centre, located just a few miles from the University campus. We continue to work closely with the NSC on outreach and education projects including the National Space Academy and the Space Apprenticeship scheme. Members of the University sit on both the NSC Operating Company and Trustee boards.



University centres, research groups and departments provide outreach to schools, colleges, social groups and societies, and visits to and tours of facilities can also be arranged. For further information please contact the relevant department via their outreach websites listed below. Alternatively, you can contact the research groups and research centres via the contact points shown on the Space at Leicester website.

Contact Information
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Department of Chemistry Outreach

Department of Geography Outreach

Department of Physics and Astronomy Outreach

General Contact Information

Dr Sarah Stevens

Business Development Manager,. Space and Earth Observation, University of Leicester

University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK.

T: 0116 223 1929
M: 07827 954567
E: sjs94@le.ac.uk

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