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Electromobility, robotics and smart cities to top the agenda at ESA, UKSA and Plug and Play event in March


6 March 2024, ESA ECSAT, Harwell, UK

10:00 - 17:00 GMT

This in-person event, organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), UK Space Agency (UKSA), and Plug and Play, will put the spotlight on novel space applications in the robotics, electromobility and smart cities spaces that not only shape and transform industries, but will revolutionise the way we live.


Space innovation is driving industry across multiple sectors to improve life on Earth, with electromobility and robotics technologies set to transform life in the smart cities of the future.

Secure your spot to network with thought leaders, startups, corporate organisations, and top innovators in the space ecosystem. Engage in innovation walks and panel discussions to gain valuable insights into the latest advancements and learn about the funding opportunities from ESA and UKSA that can drive your projects forward.

The event is free to attend but places are limited so please register using the button below.

Who should attend?

You should attend this event if you have an interest in electric vehicles, robotics, electrification infrastructure, rural areas, highways, electric grid resilience, grid augmentation, electric vehicle uptake, autonomous delivery, transportation and logistics, smart cities and infrastructure planning, energy and utilities, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, drones and more besides.

Outline Agenda

A full agenda will be published shortly.

10:00 – 11:00
Welcome, Registration and Startup Fair

11:00 –  Session 1

  • Welcome, Maria Zaretskaya, Business Applications and Partnerships Officer, ESA
  • ESA BASS introduction, Rita Rinaldo, Head of Projects and Studies implementation Division, ESA
  • UKSA introduction, Heather Britton, Head of Space Applications and Data, UKSA
  • Plug and Play Introduction, Kieran Borrett, UK Director, Plug and Play

11:25 - Keynote

  •  Ulrich Hermann, Managing General Partner, Einstein Ventures

11:40 - Panel Discussion, Challenges and Opportunities in the Mobility Sector and how space can play a role

  • Alex Loveday (Moderator), Global Events Manager, The Economist
  • Alex Weedon, Executive Director of SME Development and Academic, Connected Places Catapult
  • Sam Bird, Senior Accelerator Manager, Seraphim VC
  • Jack Stenson, Head of Startup Scouting, BT
  • Marta Barrabino, Head of Innovation, Marshall Group

12:10 - 5G/6G Activities and overview of BASS Funding Opportunities

  • Fabrizio De Paolis, 5G/6G Implementation Manager, ESA
  • Maria Zaretskaya, Business Applications and Partnerships Officer, ESA

12:20 - Lunch

13:00 - Innovation Walk and Electromobility Splinter Session

13:20 - Electromobility Session

  • Keynote, Marc McGranaghan, EPRI Fellow, EPRI
  • Startup pitches

13:40 - Smart Cities Session

  • Keynote - Dagmar Steffens, Head of Strategic Innovation, West of England Combined Authority
  • Startup pitches

14:05 - Space-enabled Robotics session

  • Keynote - Andy Bell, Net Zero Tech Centre
  • Startup pitches

14:30 - Closing summary and remarks

14:40- 17:00 - Networking including:

  • 14:40 - Robotics Splinter Session
  • 14:40 - Open Call Kick Starts session
  • 15:00 5G Hub Visit


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02 February 2024
Last updated at 21 February 2024 - 12:33