In just 20 years, exoplanet research has reached a level of maturity where major investments through space-missions, national and international grants and industry are now being realised.
The Centre for Space Exoplanet Data (CSED) is an interdisciplinary hub that will take exoplanet science to a new level by facilitating connections between observational data from space missions, deep learning techniques and quantum physics modelling of complex molecules.
CSED has grown out of the exoplanet group at UCL, which is involved in all aspects of characterisation of exoplanet atmospheres. The Centre is based within the Harwell Space Cluster, a strategic location that facilitiates intersections with public organisations, including European Space Agency (ESA), STFC’s RAL-Space, Satellite Applications Catapult and leading private companies from the space sector and start-ups.
CSED is an accelerator of the connection between the academic environment and other sectors that will attract private investments. It serves as an incubator for disruptive ideas to create spin-offs and develop partnerships in the industrial domain. To date, two successful start-ups have been created for the commercial exploitation of UCL exoplanet-related activities.
The inspirational nature of exoplanet science attracts the best students and young minds from all over the world. The intersectorial environment of CSED prepares a new generation of highly-qualified leaders and managers in scientific, technical and business areas.
CSED fosters educational initiatives connected to exoplanet science and STEM, including plans for a national and international roll-out of the successful EduTwinkle and ORBYTS programmes currently run in the London area.