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Catapult hosts workshop at Planet Earth Institute #ScienceAfrica Unconference

Planet-Earth-Institute_400pxA team from the Satellite Applications Catapult hosted a workshop at the Planet Earth Institute’s #Science Africa Unconference, ‘Generation Science: empowering Africa’s future scientific leaders’. The event in London brought together over 200 delegates from business, academia, policy and civil society for an exciting day of expert panel discussions, interactive working groups and participant-led workshops.

In the context of Africa’s well documented ‘youth bulge’, the Planet Earth Institute challenge delegates to help explore and find new ways to create high-quality, industry relevant STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and training for young Africans. Attendees also explored how to equip the continent’s next generation of business, political and academic leaders with the hard and soft skills required to drive much needed socio-economic transformation and anticipate the needs of industries of the future.

“We want to help stop more young Africans slipping into insecure labour and underemployment. We envisage a generation empowered by an understanding and appreciation of science and technology, with African challenges and opportunities addressed by African-led solutions. Africa’s ‘Generation Science,” says Nick Staite, Head of Operations at the Planet Earth Institute.

The Catapult workshop explored the opportunities for satellite technology to help tackle urban development challenges and discussed how the growing technical and entrepreneurial skills set required to develop new space-based services could be embedded in Africa’s ‘Generation Science’.

Workshop: How could satellite technology support Africa’s fast-growing cities?

Africa and Asia are urbanizing faster than any other regions in the world creating the fastest growing urban areas on the planet: medium-sized cities (of up to 5 million inhabitants) and cities with less than a million people.  Whilst cities are economic and social drivers, when the pace of growth is rapid, how do you ensure the good things thrive (access to services, jobs and education) whilst mitigating the bad (rapid sprawl, pollution, environmental damage)? Join a team of experts in satellite applications to discuss the challenges of urban development and how this technology could be used to support sustainable cities and communities.

Find out more about the Unconference