IPS Fellow

Lead Research Organisation: Open University
Department Name: Faculty of Sci, Tech, Eng & Maths (STEM)

Abstract

The Open University (OU) has been a recipient of STFC research council funding for many years. In 2011 the Faculty of Science went through a major re-structuring which resulted in the merger of two STFC-funded departments; namely the Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute (PSSRI) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy creating the new Department of Physical Sciences. The new department is currently a recipient of two STFC Rolling Grants, for its Astronomy and Planetary Science Research Groups plus other grants. In addition, the Department of Physical Sciences holds ~20 standard studentships plus 8 STFC CASE studentships within its Centre for Electronic Imaging. Members of the Department have made significant contributions over the years to STFCs programmes through Beagle-2, the Huygens, Rosetta, XMM, and is currently actively working on the ExoMars, Gaia and Euclid programmes. The resulting research output from these programmes contains significant know-how and IP which can be exploited further. We demonstrate through examples that the University is already engaging in such exploitation activities, and this proposal for an IPS fellowship is to create a four-year position which will investigate Knowledge Transfer activities within the department, where we believe that there is significant opportunity for growth in the exploitation programme which will have a significant impact on the UK, industry and sustainability of the reserach base.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description The IPS fellow has contributed to many new enterprise initiatives within the univeristy.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Education,Electronics,Environment,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Economic

 
Description C3D2 for AlSat-Nano
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Organisation Open University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 02/2016
 
Description DCDS for CCDs
Amount £10,200 (GBP)
Organisation Open University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2013 
End 05/2014
 
Description Design Leadership Programme
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Organisation Design Council 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 08/2014
 
Description ESA NPI - JPG
Amount € 60,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Space Agency 
Department European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC)
Sector Public
Country Netherlands
Start 01/2014 
End 01/2017
 
Description IPS Fellows Discretionary Fund
Amount £35,000 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2013 
End 01/2017
 
Description IPS Fellows Global Challenges Study
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 04/2014
 
Description OU Enterprise Competition - Cubesat
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Open University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2014 
End 11/2015
 
Description ST/K001221/1 CubeSat Mission Concept Studies
Amount £27,423 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/K001221/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2012 
End 06/2012
 
Description STFC Impact Acceleration Account (2015)
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 09/2016
 
Description STFC Impact Acceleration Account - Pilot (2014)
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 04/2015
 
Description Clyde Space Ltd / OU Collaboration 
Organisation Clyde Space
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Hiring of consultant services In kind business development support In kind hardware/software support for Nanobed project
Collaborator Contribution Providing consultancy services In kind business development support
Impact Understanding on collaborative opportunities for Cubesat imaging platforms Support for Nanobed project
Start Year 2011
 
Description PTB/OU Research Collaboration 
Organisation Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
Department EUV Radiometry Working Group
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific cooperation in the area of the development and characterization of detection systems for astrophysics applications
Collaborator Contribution Scientific cooperation in the area of the development and characterization of detection systems for astrophysics applications
Impact Papers
Start Year 2009
 
Description Scientific Instruments/OU Framework Collaboration Agreement 
Organisation Scientific Instruments
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Contributions cover many aspects of financial, in-kind, staff and knowledge exchange.
Collaborator Contribution Contributions cover many aspects of financial, in-kind, staff and knowledge exchange.
Impact Development of research and commercial technologies in imaging.
Start Year 2013
 
Description e2v/OU Collaboration 
Organisation High Performance Imaging Solutions; E2V Technologies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaborative Research Contract Research PhD Training Employee Training Knowledge Exchange Workshops Patents
Collaborator Contribution Sponsorship In-kind contributions (staff) In-kind contributions (devices) Knowledge Exchange
Impact CASE Studentships IPS Funding Collaborative Partners European Space Agency Funding Collaborative Partners Patents
 
Description 60 Seconds Adventures in Astronomy - Gaia animations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The two animations have been view over 18,000 times each on the OU YouTube Channel, have been embedded into many Gaia-related websites across Europe and have been translated into Italian for use by Italian institutes.

2 x 18,000 views to date. Nominated for an Arthur C Clarke Award for Public Engagmenet
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
URL http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhQpDGfX5e7CSp3rm5SDv7D_idfkRzje-
 
Description Gaia press conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Part of the Gaia research team at the Gaia Press Day at the Royal Astronomical Society in Nov 2013.

Invited to give broadcast interview on Radio 4 'Inside Science' Programme on the Gaia detectors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Radio 4 'Inside Science' broadcast - Gaia detectors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed for Radio 4 'Inside Science' broadcast on the Gaia detectors.

Increased audience to Gaia technology in the run up to the launch campaign.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01mqvds
 
Description Space instrumentation development at the Open University magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This glossy, high quality magazine showcases the expertise and capabilities of researchers at the Open University and their space instrumentation development activities.

Over 500 have been distributed since publication to a mixture of industry, academic and schools and general public audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
 
Description UK Space Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Exhibition on Open University Space Instrumentation projects (inc. Gaia, Rosetta, JUICE, Euclid, UKube-1 & ExoMars TGO). Industry/govt./academic delegates (593 on day 1, 1557 on day 2) & 250 general public/school children.

Significant increase in awareness of OU Space Instrumentation activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.intellectuk.org/uk-space-2013-home
 
Description UKSA Cubesat Forum - committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact The forum helps to engage with the UK Cubesat community and advise the UKSA on the direction of the National Cubesat Programme.

Organaisation of the 2014 UK CubeSat Workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
URL http://www.cubesatforum.org.uk/