PDF files of the speakers' presentations will be linked, when available, from the titles listed in the programme below.

Wednesday 13th October
12:30 Registration and lunch
14:00 Developing Impact from UK Astronomy Ian Robson (STFC, UK ATC)
Session 1 - Overview (Chair: Colin Cunningham)
14:30 Overview of astronomy applications [PDF/0.78 MB] Gordon Love (University of Durham)
15:00 The Extraordinary Impact of Astronomy on Imaging Technologies [PDF/4.03 MB] Craig Mackay (University of Cambridge)
15:30 Tea & Coffee  
Session 2 - Biomedical (Chair: Claire Dougan)
16:00 Ophthalmic application of adaptive optics Dr. Luis Diaz Santana (City University London)
16:30 Astronomy to medical imaging: Blackford Analysis [PDF/8.05 MB] Prof. Alan Heavens (University of Edinburgh)
17:00 An Application of Theoretical Astrophysics to Cancer Treatment: Monte Carlo Radiation Transfer Simulations of Fluorescence Spectra During Photodynamic Therapy Ronan Valentine (University of St. Andrews)
17:30 Close for the Day
Thursday 14th October
Session 3 - Environmental (Chair: Alan Heavens)
09:30 Environmental Monitoring Mick Johnson (NERC CEOI)
10:00 Microslice System For High Sensistivity Earth Observation Integral Field Spectroscopy Robert Content (University of Durham)
10:30 Tea & Coffee  
11:00 Ghost: A UAV-Mounted SWIR Spectrograph For Greenhouse Gases Paul Palmer (Edinburgh Geo)
11:30 Earth Observation satellite to monitor atmospheric water vapour: New Design and Technologies applied to the LIDAR Space Telescope Eli Atad-Ettedgui (STFC, UK ATC)
12:00 Improving the detection of atmospheric greenhouse gases using image slicers David Lee (UK ATC)
12:30 Lunch  
Session 4 - Security and Defence (Chair: Julian Dines)
13:30 Security and Defence Keith Lewis (EMRS DTC)
14:00 Mid-infrared laser heterodyne systems: From astronomy and atmospheric sciences to security applications Damien Weidmann (STFC, RAL)
14:30 Optical Surveillance of Space [PDF/12.6 MB] Phil Herridge (Space Insight Limited)
15:00 Designing a Ground-Based Telescope for Tracking Space Debris Phil Parr-Burman (STFC, UK ATC)
15:30 Tea & Coffee  
Session 5 - Communications and Energy (Chair: Alistair Glasse)
16:00 The Non-Science Applications And Benefits Of The SKA Program Phil Crosby (Square Kilometre Array)
16:30 HiPER: The European Path to Inertial Fusion Energy Dr. Chris Edwards (HiPER Project Director)
17:00 Ultra-Precision Surfaces: From Astronomy To The Wider World David Walker (OpTIC-Glyndwr, UCL and Zeeko Ltd)
17:30 Close for the day
19:00 Pre-dinner drink Apex International Hotel
31-35 Grassmarket
Edinburgh EH1 2HS
0131 300 3456
19:30 Conference Dinner
Friday 15th October
Session 6 - Funding Situation, Outreach and Public Engagement (Chair: Robert Pfab)
09:30 Developing future applications & funding Tim Bestwick (STFC)
10:00 The Technology Strategy Board - Driving Innovation Michael Lawrence (TSB)
10:30 Changing Knowledge Exchange: View from the Grants Panel Andy Lawrence (University of Edinburgh)
11:00 Tea & Coffee  
11:30 Inspiration and Public Engagement Robin Clegg (STFC)
12:00 Summary of Workshop Prof. Colin Cunningham (STFC)
12:30 Lunch & Careers Lunch for Students  
13:00 Tours of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh and The Crawford Collection  


Early-Stage Researchers' Networking Lunch

A networking event at 13:30 on the 15th October will provide students and post-doctoral researchers with opportunities for careers networking with a selection of non-astronomy professionals. A CV writing workshop will be run in conjunction with this by the Edinburgh University Careers service.

Further details of the event are available on the Early-Stage Researchers' Networking Lunch page.

For enquiries about the ROE Workshop 2010, please contact the organisers on

The ROE conference is supported by the UK Astronomy Technology Centre and the Institute for Astronomy of the University of Edinburgh.