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Café Sci (Zoom event) with Phil Mclachlan – The Eye in the Sky – 24th June 2021 at 7.30pm

June 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This month’s  Café Scientifique event will be a simultaneous live/zoom event and takes place on Thursday 24th June at 7.30pm.

June’s presentation and talk is by Phil Mclachlan – The Eye in the Sky  – How Satellite earth observation imagery is playing an increasingly valuable role in supporting everyday decisions.


  • History of Satellite Earth Observation using both free and commercial data.  Who uses it and who is beginning to exploit it (defence, weather, Ag, forestry and infrastructure)
  • The electromagnetic spectrum and how we exploit it – optical, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and growing Electro-optic (EO) hyper-spectral capabilities.
  • The growing number of platform sources of data – aircraft, drones, pseudo and Low Earth Orbit satellites. Processing and storage of data. Data fusion and the algorithms used.
  • Turning data into valuable information services that can satisfy the demanding requirements of a wide variety of potential customers.

Special instructions for the live audience:

  • If you are feeling poorly you should only participate by zoom
  • Please sanitise on entry to the community centre and wear a mask inside except when sitting at your table (the same procedure as in a restaurant)
  • There will be the usual raffle and bar and you may pay contactless if you wish.  The first drink is free
  • Contactless 100 Club payments (£10 per number) can be made on the night and the monthly draws will now begin in August.  Details will be on display
  • Live numbers are limited to 25 this month and there is still lots of space (see below for attendees so far)
  • Zoom observers can still take part in the discussion and be seen and heard on the live screen
  • In the event that any attendee reports COVID symptoms after the event I will initiate the track and trace procedure by email
  • Feedback afterwards from both live and zoom participants would be appreciated

If you would like to attend, please contact Tim Coombe at: [email protected] for further details.


June 24
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm