Catapult announces three new Centres of Excellence

Posted by ap507 at Mar 19, 2014 12:03 PM |
University of Leicester, University of Nottingham and British Geological Survey in new consortium

The Satellite Applications Catapult, an independent technology and innovation company, has announced the launch of three new regional ‘Centres of Excellence’ in satellite applications. Each new Centre will act as a focal point for Catapult activity in its local area, consolidating the links between the science knowledge base and the business community.

Business Durham, University of Strathclyde and a consortium comprising University of Leicester, University of Nottingham and British Geological Survey, were each chosen to host a new Centre by a select team comprising of Catapult and external advisors representing business and academia, after an open selection process which attracted more than a dozen proposals.

The University of Leicester is a recognised Centre of Excellence for developing new ways of using satellite data for everyday use in areas such as transport, energy & agriculture. As part of the new work with the Satellite Applications Catapult and University of Nottingham and BGS, the team will work with businesses and public bodies across the greater East Midlands to develop new ways to exploit satellite data.

Professor Paul Monks (pictured) from the Department of Chemistry said: “We have been working with businesses for a number of years to enhance competitiveness, jobs and growth by using academic knowledge of space to accelerate business. This new partnership with the flagship innovation centres (Catapults) will put greater impetus behind this and allow us to work with more businesses together with our innovation partners.”      

Each Centre will commence activities from April 2014 with an agreed plan of actions, activities and events. Once the model is established and the value demonstrated, the Catapult plans to extend its network to include further Centres into other regions.