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Grow Your Own Space Programme [PODCAST] – Ian Taylor, Former UK Minister of Science, Space & Technology (1994-7)


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Welcome to Colonising Space, a podcast series where we talk to the individuals involved in advancing outer space exploration and the space industry.

In this episode we speak to Ian Taylor. Ian is a former MP and Minister of Science, Space and Technology who now serves on the board of several technology led initiatives including chairing the Advisory Board of the UK Innovation & Science Seedfund (UKi2s) which invests capital in ventures emerging from the national science research bases.

In this podcast Ian speaks to us about:

  • How outer space initiatives are as much a necessity to maintain our current technological infrastructure as they are to feed our collective imaginations; 
  • How individuals can start companies in the sector and what key considerations space-leaning ventures should take on board; and
  • The role that non scientists and society can play in developing and fostering innovation

DISCLAIMER: This podcast is created by the London School of Economics Alumni Association (London) (“LSEAAL”) and its production is not affiliated with the educational institution, the London School of Economics and Political Science (“LSE”). The content of this podcast remains the opinion(s) of the individual(s) recorded and do not represent the views or opinions of the LSE.

Mandeep Metharu

Mandeep Metharu

Chair at LSEAAL
Mandeep graduated with a law degree (LLB 2010) from the LSE and is presently the Chair of the LSE Alumni Association London (LSEAAL). Previously, Mandeep co-founded Medbiomarkers, a consultancy helping accelerate early stage medical research, playing a key role in forming and helping fund raise $16.6M for an international Autism Consortium. He now supports promising growth companies and venture funds focused in sectors ranging from life sciences, space and education.
Kenneth Damien

Kenneth Damien

Vice-Chair at LSEAAL
Ken graduated with a law degree (LLB 2010) from the LSE and is presently the Vice-Chair of the LSE Alumni Association London (LSEAAL). Ken is a practising solicitor with a core focus on the technology sector currently working with Axiom, a global leading alternative legal services provider. He previously worked as In-House Counsel at Aveva, a world-leading industrial software provider. Ken has a particular interest in issues of data protection, anti-piracy and cybersecurity as well as policy discussions surrounding the regulation of emerging technologies including AI and blockchain.
Laurence Woods

Laurence Woods

Freelance audio editor and producer with a fast turnaround, professional quality production of any audio file. Advising, editing, composing original intro music and post production of the LSEAAL new series of podcasts. Helping organisations present the highest quality of audio output to their listeners.

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