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The Future of Transport at COP26

November 2021
Geospatial intelligence is critical to solving the climate change challenge.

To influence changes at a global level, we need to understand the impact of climate change at a local level. The availability of geospatial data at scale is unlocking new ways to provide meaningful insights into complex global climate science that can be applied to virtually any sector of the economy.

As COP26 transcends in Glasgow this week Location Data Scotland in partnership with Space Scotland (Scottish Space Leadership Council) are delivering a virtual event at KTN’s Space and Geospatial Virtual Pavilion for COP26 on Wednesday 10th November exploring The Future of Transport.

This webinar will consider how space and geospatial fits into the wider transport and mobility landscape and how various transport improvements are leading towards net zero targets.  Exemplars of how space and geospatial data is being used to create transport efficiencies will be shared followed by a discussion on lessons that can be drawn from these use cases to inform the future of transport.

We will be joined by industry experts including our keynote Dr Hina Khan, Project Coordinator at the highly innovative Spire Global, and John Innes, CTO & VP Technology Innovation, Innovation & Technology Group of global leader, Leonardo.


Wednesday 10th November

12:30-12:35 Introduction Speakers:

  • Kristina Tamane, University of Edinburgh
  • Ashley Stewart, Location Data Scotland
  • Daniel Smith, Astro Agency
12:35-12:45 Keynote: How space data links with transport  Dr Hina Khan, Project Coordinator, Spire Global 
12:45-12:55 What is transport? Hayden Sutherland, Founder & Chair, Open Transport Initiative
12:55-13:00 Q and A
13:00-13:25 Panel 1: Exemplars of space & geospatial in transport Chair:

  • Deborah Paton, Group Manager: Connectivity Plan, Glasgow City Council

Panel guests:

  • Geraint Cooksley, Head of Geo Information, Telespazio
  • Simon Mudd, Personal Chair in Earth Surface Processes
  • Katie Chesworth, Principal Transport Planner, Transport Unit Sustainability & Climate Change Lead, Mott MacDonald
  • Katherine Elsom, Head of Marketing, UK Intelligence, Connected Intelligence, Airbus Defence and Space
13:25-13:50 Panel 2: Future of Transport Chair:

  • Ken Gordon, ESA Ambassador

Panel guests:

  • Alejandro Gutierrez-Alcoba Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh
  • Tim Embley, Group Research & Innovation Director Costain
  • Dr Michelle Carter, Head of Transport, KTN
13:50-14:00 Closing remarks John Innes, CTO & VP Technology Innovation, Innovation & Technology Group, Leonardo

Further information about KTN’s Space and Geospatial Virtual Pavilion for COP26 can be found here.