Professor Malcolm Macdonald

Bringing Space Down to Earth

Online Event
Sat 6 Mar
14:00 UK
Free, ticketed

What has space exploration ever done for us? A surprising amount argues Malcolm Macdonald, chair of Space Technology at the University of Strathclyde. From tackling climate change to developing new techniques in engineering, lessons learned “up there” have real value “down here” and change real lives. And with more spacecraft built in Scotland than anywhere else in Europe, the nation is particularly well-placed to benefit from the new space boom.

Join us for a fascinating examination of where space has come from, where it is today and where it’s going tomorrow, and how Scotland fits into that. Finding connections between starlings, neuroscience and spacecraft operations, we will explore how space is used here on Earth, including examples close to home such as the Nith Inshore Rescue project which uses satellite data to more safely navigate the tidal flats.

Malcolm Macdonald is a professional space technology engineer and academic with a strong, proven and international record of accomplishment. He is the Director of the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, and a Non-Executive Board Member of the UK Space Agency. In 2016, he was awarded the 2016 Royal Society of Edinburgh Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Medal in recognition of his “outstanding research work in the development and application of space mission systems to challenge conventional ideas and advance new concepts in the exploration and exploitation of space.”

Brought up in Dumfries & Galloway, James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) has claim to be considered Scotland’s greatest scientist whose theoretical work on magnetism has influenced many of the most important technological innovations of the 20th and 21st centuries. This annual lecture at Big Bang celebrates his legacy.

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