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

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.

Details & Registration

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!

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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