Challenges in transport sector addressed at University conference

EMBRACE welcomed more than 70 delegates to the Space Technology Solutions for Urban Transport conference held on 24 March at the MIRA Technology park.

The event was well received, with interesting talks, inspiring discussions, and a chance to get a glimpse of MIRA high-tech robotic demo. The aim was to foster collaboration between industry, academia and local authorities in order to launch projects to develop products and services for commercial exploitation.

“We have world leading academic and industrial capabilities in space and transport in the East Midlands, and this event really showcased that. A strong point was the development of new partnerships and ideas for products and services,” said Professor Paul Monks from the Department of Chemistry.

Speakers from the transport sector and local authorities were invited to talk about the challenges they face. In response, academics from the Universities of Leicester, Nottingham and the British Geological Survey, along with local companies with specific expertise in the field, presented potential solutions. 

To help the process along, experts from Innovate UK, Horizon 2020 and other funding bodies provided advice on how to secure funding to support these projects.  The event brought together representatives from both the Satellite Applications and the Transport Systems Catapults who can provide support for such collaborations.