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27 Jan 2009 11:39:00.000

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A unique event at The University of Nottingham will help give businesses in the East Midlands the opportunity to get involved with the biggest space project in Europe.

‘Growing Galileo 2009’ — a free one day seminar on Friday 30 January — will bring together some of the leading figures in the field of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), who will advise on the bidding process for tens of millions of Euros in EU grants for the Galileo project.

‘Growing Galileo 2009’, will be hosted by GRACE, the GNSS Research and Applications Centre of Excellence, in conjunction with the Location and Timing KTN. GRACE is the result of a major collaboration between The University of Nottingham and the East Midlands Development Agency.

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The Galileo project will comprise an international network of 30 satellites to provide a number of timing and location services. The project will provide opportunities to many businesses working in the field and potentially create thousands of new jobs. ‘Growing Galileo 2009’ will help these businesses make the most of the opportunity.

Around €40m is available in the second call for proposals for GNSS research and development projects under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme to be announced on January 27 and 28 in Brussels. This is an increase of 60 per cent on the investments available in the first call.

Professor Terry Moore, Director of GRACE and Professor of Satellite Navigation said: “This seminar will be hugely beneficial to all taking part and it represents a real signal of intent for GRACE. We aim to make GRACE a true centre of excellence in the East Midlands and that work begins with opportunities like this.”

‘Growing Galileo 2009’ will provide delegates with numerous opportunities to learn more about the bidding process as well as to find out about GRACE and hear success stories from UK Galileo first call contract winners. There will also be the unique chance to question officials from the Galileo Supervisory Authority (GSA).

Speakers at the event include Boris Kennes and Ignacio Fernandez from the Galileo Supervisory Authority (GSA), Professor Terry Moore — Director of GRACE, Jeff Moore — Chief Executive of emda, Paul Drath from Singlelmage and Professor Jonathan Raper, CEO of Placr Ltd.

Jeff Moore said: “emda recognises the importance to the region of investment in the space industry, in particular from European sources. As part of emda’s business support offer, the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) has been created to help lever European funding in to the region for innovative projects. This service will play a critical role in boosting the prospects and promoting the profile of our space industry in Europe.”

Galileo, a fully civilian led satellite system, aims to provide a more reliable and accurate alternative to the Global Positioning System (GPS) which was developed by the US military and, while it has civil applications for Europe, control remains in the hands of the Americans. This led to the European Union, in conjunction with the European Space Agency and private companies to develop a European system. Galileo will have numerous applications which include, but are not restricted to, search and rescue technology, air traffic control and engineering.

Paul Bhatia, General Manager of GRACE said: “One of Grace’s main functions in this rapidly growing environment is to help incubate and develop new companies in the region that are working on innovative ways of using and enhancing this system. Our new centre, which is due to open later this year on Jubilee Campus, will provide the space for these companies to thrive.

“’Growing Galileo 2009’ will give people in the industry the chance to network, and hear first hand what is available and how to apply. It’s a tremendous boost for the East Midlands and further afield in the UK.”
If all goes to schedule, the first operational roll-out of Galileo will begin next year.

The event runs from 09:30 – 15:30 in the Sir Colin Campbell Building, Jubilee Campus, The University of Nottingham. The seminar is free and includes lunch and refreshments.

For more information and to book a place, please visit or contact

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About Grace: The University of Nottingham and the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) have recently joined forces to create a £9m state-of-the-art centre of excellence in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).

The project combines a grant of £3.4m from emda with university investment to develop the facility on The University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP) adjacent to the Jubilee Campus.

The GNSS Research and Applications Centre of Excellence (GRACE) will focus on the growth in applications for satellite navigation and positioning systems such as the American Global Positioning System (GPS) and the European Galileo system. This major cross-disciplinary research centre will also provide new technology transfer and business development opportunities together with state of the art business incubation, business start up and project office facilities. In total it will provide an integrated, purpose built 2,000 sq. metre facility at the centre of the prestigious University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP) and will build on Nottingham's reputation as one of the fastest growing scientific centres in the country.

The Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy (IESSG) at The University of Nottingham currently manages a portfolio of research projects related to GNSS and Geospatial sciences in excess of £1.4m. GRACE will capitalise on existing world-leading research and training at the University. The centre will combine the global renown of cutting-edge research and high calibre teaching in the Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy (IESSG) and the Centre for Geospatial Science (CGS) to provide research, training and other support for industry, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs.

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More information is available from Professor Terry Moore , Director GRACE on +44 (0)115 823 2331, ; Paul Bhatia , General Manager GRACE on +44(0)115 823 2332,

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