The Space Academic Network (SPAN) is working closely with the UK Space Agency (UKSA) to coordinate a survey of universities and research centres across the UK with regards to the impact of the Covid-19 virus on their space research activities. The survey is launched every two weeks and two rounds have been completed.
The dashboard produced by UKSA with support from Chiaki Crews, Andrew Holland and James Endicott in the School of Physical Sciences, has been presented at senior levels of UKSA and within the space sector, including at a meeting with the Science Minister, Amanda Solloway. The activity will continue for the foreseeable future as SPAN and the UKSA work to report on the impacts on the research community as restrictions and limitations are maintained through government guidelines.
The UKSA will be hosting a webinar with SPAN to engage with the space research community on the 2nd of June, to share the results from the survey, and to obtain direct feedback from the community.
Highlights from the first round of the survey are:
The space research community is providing support in the following ways to address the pandemic:
There were 17 responses to the first round of the survey, and the hope is that this will steadily rise to reach 40, recognising that there are approximately 50 active universities and academic research laboratories in the UK.