BIS Scotland

BIS Scotland LogoBuilding on over 80 years of BIS history and harnessing the exciting developments in the Scottish Space Sector, the recently re-launched BIS Scotland branch presents a programme of combined technical and social events to connect professionals and enthusiasts in the Space arena.

We are arranging talks and meetings across Scotland, open to current and future BIS members (i.e. everyone!). We particularly work with Colleges and Universities in the region to engage young people; and also with Astronomy Societies build on existing interest and expertise. We also closely support other professional groupings in the area, such as the Space Technology Scotland Meet-Up initiative.

Join us as we continue to explore our place in Space.

Future Meetings and Events 

(precise topics and venues TBC)

Winter 2019-2020 (TBC)
BIS Scotland Winter Literary Evening: Scotland in Space (in print) / Escape from the Earth / Life Beyond 

Further ideas/suggestions regarding topics and venues are very much welcomed by the organising committee at [email protected].

Also, please, do get in touch if you are able to volunteer to help organise any of the meetings.

Ad Astra!

Past Events (2019)

5th – 12th September 2019
supporting events at Orkney International Science Festival, in particular celebrating the 50th anniversary of Moon landing

21st September 2019
6.00-8.00 pm, Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3AA (part of Aberdeen’s Tech Fest)
“From Charles Piazzi Smyth to Scottish Spaceport: 200 years of reaching for the stars”
Speakers: Alastair Bruce and Matjaz Vidmar

2nd July 2019
7.15-10.00 pm, Smithton-Culloden Free Church, Murray Road, Smithton, Inverness, IV2 7YU (hosted by Highlands Astronomical Society)
Scottish Space Industry and Spaceports
Speaker: Matjaz Vidmar

11th April – 19th July 2019
co-hosting events for Space Enlightenment Festival, celebrating 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Piazzi Smyth and 50th anniversary of Moon Landings

  • Official Festival Launch: 11th April 2019, at Shoreline of Infinity’s Event Horizon EISF edition
  • Festival Site for all Events:
  • Main events: 3-part Seminar Series; Public Tours in Edinburgh (Calton Hill Observatory; Astronomical Sites Across Town); Mini-exhibition (July-August) + workshops, book launches, talks, outreach tours, etc.

2nd-3rd March 2019
BIS Supporting the UKSEDS National Studnet Space Conference (NSSC)
The University of Edinburgh


Past Events (2018)

3rd August 2018
7.30-9.30 pm, Birnie Village Hall in Thomshill, Elgin (hosted by SIGMA)
From Standing Stones to Blasting Rockets: Scotland is Off to Space!
Speaker: Matjaz Vidmar

21st March 2018
7-9 pm, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Space Experiments at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, 1960-present
Speaker: Dr John Davies and colleagues

30th January 2018
7-9 pm, City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus
Scotland in Space: From a small country to a very large Universe
Speaker: Prof Colin McInnes


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