Higgs Centre for Innovation

The Science and Technology Facilities Council and the University of Edinburgh have long and proven histories of not only developing revolutionary science and technology but also commercialising it and creating viable businesses. This extensive knowledge and expertise is now made available to ambitious businesses in Scotland thanks to the development of a purpose built facility at the prestigious Royal Observatory Edinburgh.

The Higgs Centre for Innovation brings together world-class research in astronomy and particle physics and the instrumentation expertise that underpins it, with business incubation facilities and laboratories suitable for commercial use. Scientists, engineers and students interact and collaborate to improve our understanding of the Universe and will engage with companies both big and small to drive technological advancement forward.

News & Events

Higgs BIC Application

8am Monday 11 January 2021

The next Higgs BIC application deadline is 8am Monday 11 January 2021. See the application page for further information and to access the application documentation.

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New Support for UK Space Hubs Unveiled

UK Space Hubs

The Higgs Centre is part of the Scottish Space Leadership Council and will be actively working with AstroAgency to support the project across Scotland.

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Coronavirus Business Continuity Advice

Scottish Enterprise

We have gathered together a list of websites that give useful information on business continuity for employers and businesses.

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COVID-19 Information Hub for the Space Sector

UKspace

During the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, UKspace is working closely with the UK Space Agency, the Department for International Trade and our members to ensure critical space-enabled services remain operational. This involves finding ways our members can support the national effort to fight the virus and helping the government take actions that will make the sector resilient to the economic challenges so it can take advantage of future opportunities once the virus has been defeated.

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UK launches space-based response to Covid-19 pandemic

ESA & UKSA

Some £2.6 million to develop space-enabled technology and services that can strengthen the NHS’s response to coronavirus has been launched today by the UK Space Agency in collaboration with ESA.

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Virtual Space Bar

AstroAgency

A weekly online 'Space Bar' to discuss all things space and engage in some virtual networking.

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Introduction to Data for Business Leaders

Rolling Start Dates

A free to join four week course that explores data at an introductory level for decision makers. This course is for leaders who are setting up data capabilities for the 1st time, or are moving to their next level of data maturity.

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ADS Scotland: Engage with Airbus – for Scottish SMEs

Aerospace Response Group webinar

19 January 2021 | 13:00 - 15:00 GMT

Scottish companies and research organisations already have excellent links and collaboration with Airbus with each looking for opportunities to develop this relationship further.

We are pleased to build on this strong foundation and this event will provide all companies and organisation an ideal chance to hear the very latest from Airbus regarding their supply chain and expectations for 2021 and beyond.

Crucially the event will also focus on two key areas for Scotland – commercial aerospace R&D/T including hydrogen and space (supply chain and R&D/T).

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UKSA: Space to Connect 2021

21 January 2021

Space to Connect - the free to attend Space Applications networking event hosted by the UK Space Agency - this year, virtually!

The only event of its kind to bring together the Space Applications Sector under one (virtual) roof to network and connect across the community.

Now in its fourth year, Space to Connect is a day long event which will give you the opportunity to meet new companies, organisations and individuals who are innovating at the forefront of the Space Applications Sector, as well as others new to this journey.

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Action Coach: Business Coaching

Accelerate your business growth

22 January 2021 | 10:15 - 11:15 GMT

Covid19 hit many business owners and their teams hard during 2020. If you are a business owner, manager or team member, what will be your biggest challenge?

By attending this webinar, you will look at the structure of your business, how best to maximise what you have or indeed look to make changes where needed.

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Satellite Finance Network Surgeries

25 January 2021

The Satellite Finance Network (SFN) are running full-day surgeries.

The next surgeries will be taking place on the 25th January 2021 and will be held remotely.

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Closing the Gap Between Remote Sensing Capabilities and Customer Requirements

26 January 2021 | 15:00 GMT

More than ever, we are able to extract terabytes of data from observation satellites orbiting Earth. With increased capabilities for satellites to downlink images, the amount of data available to service providers and end-users is tremendous. As a result, the data service provider market is thriving, supplying the maritime, agriculture, defence and aviation sectors, among many others, with invaluable information.

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ScotlandIS Annual Cluster Event

Featuring Scottish and international tech clusters from the cyber and data & AI sector

27 January 2021 | 09:30 - 11:30 GMT

Technology Scotland has partnered with ScotlandIS on their annual Cluster Conference. Join us as we celebrate the achievements from across the Scottish clusters in 2020 and focus on the opportunities coming in 2021 for the technology community.

During this event you will hear about opportunities and insights from across the technology ecosystem with a specific focus on clusters – with guest speakers from both Scottish and international technology clusters and from the photonics, AI and cyber and data sectors.

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UKSA Cybersecurity Workshop: SMEs

28 January 2021| 13.00 - 17.00 GMT

Series of workshops to help raise the level of cyber security awareness within space supply chains.

A Cybersecurity Toolkit was published by the UK Space Agency (UKSA) in May 2020. The Toolkit’s purpose is to raise the level of Cybersecurity within the space sector by taking organisations through a logical step-by-step assurance process including a self-assessment methodology, and the adoption of recommended cyber security standards based on the level of identified risk. The toolkit also covers planning for incident response, reporting and business recovery.

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CAN DO Innovation Summit

3 February 2021

At the CAN DO Innovation Summit - a focal point for business innovation in Scotland - SMEs will meet the innovators, entrepreneurs, and academics that can help them adopt new technologies, build progressive working cultures and access the right support to enable innovation-led recovery and growth.

The Summit will explore how businesses from all sectors - from healthcare and advanced manufacturing to construction and the creative industries - can build sustainable growth and resilience after the global impact of COVID-19.

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Satellites 101: An Introduction to Satellite Applications for your Business

Webinar Series

9, 16 & 18 February 2021 | 09:30 - 11:30 GMT

Satellites provide innovative solutions in a multitude of sectors, from agriculture to digital technology, energy and healthcare, giving companies the opportunity to gain a competitive advantage. Whether it’s for navigation, communications or earth observation, connections with satellites help to deliver innovative products and services here on earth.

STFC is working in partnership with the Satellite Applications Catapult to deliver 3, 2-hour interactive webinars for businesses and entrepreneurs who are considering the use of satellite technologies in their products.

  • Satellite Navigation (GNSS) - Tuesday 9th February
  • Satellite Communications - Tuesday 16th February
  • Satellite Earth Observation Data - Thursday 18th February
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The science and "so what?" of space weather

Space environment impacts on SatCom

9 February 2021 | 14:00 GMT

Space weather – outputs from the sun and the effects this has on the atmosphere in space – have greater implications for modern life than many of us might think.

Join this free webinar on 9 February to find out more about the impact that space weather can have on contemporary engineered systems, its implications for future technologies and how pervasive the solar outputs are for our modern way of life – both in space and on the ground.

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Scottish Edge: Edge 17 Competion

Apply Now - 10 February 2021 | 14:00 GMT

Scottish EDGE is a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming, innovative, high-growth entrepreneurial talent.

We believe that it’s important to support entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in any way we can. We also recognise that supporting businesses isn’t a one-off thing. From providing prize funding of up to £150,000 to a quick catch-up, we’re here for the long haul.

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ESA BIC UK Application

25 February 2021

The next ESA BIC UK application deadline is 25th February 2021.

Utilising space technology can offer ambitious entrepreneurs the opportunity to gain a competitive advantage within their sector. Each year the ESA BIC UK accepts start-up companies on a one-to two-year programme from a multitude of sectors including agriculture, digital technology, energy and healthcare.

See the ESA BIC UK page for further information and to download an application pack to be able to access this highly valuable and all-encompassing support for high-tech start-ups!

ESA BIC UK Page

Satellite Finance Network Surgeries

26 February 2021

The Satellite Finance Network (SFN) are running full-day surgeries.

The next surgeries will be taking place on the 26th February 2021 and will be held remotely.

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ESA BIC UK Application

20 May 2021

The next ESA BIC UK application deadline is 20th May 2021.

Utilising space technology can offer ambitious entrepreneurs the opportunity to gain a competitive advantage within their sector. Each year the ESA BIC UK accepts start-up companies on a one-to two-year programme from a multitude of sectors including agriculture, digital technology, energy and healthcare.

See the ESA BIC UK page for further information and to download an application pack to be able to access this highly valuable and all-encompassing support for high-tech start-ups!

ESA BIC UK Page

ESA BIC UK Application

16 September 2021

The next ESA BIC UK application deadline is 16th September 2021.

Utilising space technology can offer ambitious entrepreneurs the opportunity to gain a competitive advantage within their sector. Each year the ESA BIC UK accepts start-up companies on a one-to two-year programme from a multitude of sectors including agriculture, digital technology, energy and healthcare.

See the ESA BIC UK page for further information and to download an application pack to be able to access this highly valuable and all-encompassing support for high-tech start-ups!

ESA BIC UK Page