“Space for Growth” - Growing the Space Sector in Ireland - Irish Space Industry Conference 2017

On Thursday, 16th November the Irish Space Industry Group (ISIG) held a conference event in collaboration with Space Industry Skillnet and Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) to bring interested parties together for the first time to explore the exciting and inspiring activities already taking place in the Irish space sector and to discuss the development of a strategy for realizing Ireland’s economic and social potential from the growing global space economy in both upstream and downstream markets. This first Irish Space Industry Conference was attended by more than 50 key people representing companies, researchers and Government agencies active in the space sector in Ireland.

John Halligan TD, Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development at the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation, who opened the conference, said “Today’s conference is an important event for Ireland’s rapidly growing space sector. An increasing range of Irish companies are involved in the development of space related products and services. These companies, through Ireland’s membership of the European Space Agency, which is supported by the Irish Government through Enterprise Ireland, can access and exploit opportunities in the expanding global commercial space market.”

“As well as AIT being a location of ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland since 2016, the recent announcement of funding for a new STEM building at AIT will help meet the need for STEM skills in the growing space sector in Ireland. In that context and in this Science Week, AIT is particularly honoured to host this important first industry Conference for the Irish space sector” said Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, President of AIT.

Spokesperson for the Irish Space Industry Group, Lorraine Hanlon, Professor of Astronomy at UCD and CEO of Parameter Space said “Several Irish companies have had notable successes in winning business in the global space sector. The space education and research communities are also dynamic and internationally competitive. This conference provides an opportunity for all those with an involvement in space to begin formulating a coherent vision for a national space strategy that fulfils national needs while responding to global opportunities and challenges.”

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L to R: Tony McDonald, Programme Manager Space Industry Activities Enterprise Ireland, Prof Ciarán Ó Catháin, President Athlone Institute of Technology, Ciara Bartley, Irish Delegation to ESA Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation, Danny Gleeson, Chair Irish Space Industry Group, and Dr Bryan Rodgers, Irish Delegation to ESA Enterprise Ireland.

About Irish Space Space Industry Group

The Irish Space Industry Group (ISIG) was formed in April 2015 as a membership-based organisation governed by a simple written constitution and rules as mutually agreed by its members. The purpose of the organisation is to represent and promote the collective interests of companies operating in the space sector in Ireland at national and international level and to perform activities on behalf of and driven by member companies to preserve and grow a vibrant and sustainable space industry sector in Ireland. For more information please visit; www.irishspaceindustrygroup.com.

About Space Industry Skillnet

The Space Industry Skillnet was formed in 2006 and is an enterprise led training network that organises essential training for Irish companies who are or who want to be involved in the delivery of technology and services to the European Space Agency (ESA) in support of its space programmes (www.esa.int). The objective of the Space Industry Skillnet is to encourage and enable more Irish companies to consider the space industry as a truly commercial opportunity and to provide them with the skills to do so. Space Industry Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills. For more information please visit; www.spaceskills.net

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