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

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


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


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


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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Satellite Finance Network Surgeries

30 October 2020

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

The next surgeries will be taking place on 30th October 2020 and will be held remotely.

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Data Lab: Data harvesting will reap climate rewards

Countdown to COP26

03 November 2020

To mark a year until the COP26 conference, Scotland’s Innovation Centres are hosting a virtual event, Countdown to COP26, which will explore how the nation can benefit from tackling climate change.

The Data Lab will be bringing its expertise in this to an important one-day online conference scheduled for November 3.

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UK launches £2m competition to drive transport innovation with geospatial data

04 November 2020 Closing Date

The UK’s Geospatial Commission has launched a £2 million (US$2.6 million) competition to fund around 30 projects which demonstrate innovation with transport location data.

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) project will be delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, the government-funded innovation agency. - Cities Today Story

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Higgs BIC Application

Early November 2020

The next Higgs BIC application deadline is around the early November 2020 timeframe with the final deadline to be confirmed. See the application page for further information and to access the previous application deadline documentation.

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Cancelled Events

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the following events have been cancelled. They are listed here for reference as they may be rescheduled at a future date.

ActInSpace Event

13 & 14 November 2020

Tackle ActInSpace’s challenges and unleash your entrepreneurial potential! ActInSpace® is an international innovation contest inspiring young women and men worldwide to meet challenges based on space technologies, data, patents and infrastructures to launch start-ups into all areas of our daily lives. Designed for students but open to everyone, the objective is to foster entrepreneurship, encourage start-up creation and promote the use of space technologies and space acquired data to change citizen’s lives, to boost employment and to protect our planet.

It is hoped that this event can be resheduled in 2021