Ian Taylor, an MP 1987-2010, was Minister of Science, Space & Technology 1994-7. He later chaired the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee and co-chaired the Space Committee. Ian gained the Sir Arthur C. Clarke Award for Individual Achievement in Promoting Space and Science (2008). He has been an advisor to the European Space Agency’s Integrated Applications Programme and was one of the former ESA DG's strategy advisors.
Ian now chairs the Advisory Board of UK Innovation & Science Seedfund (UKi2s) which invests risk equity capital in ventures emerging from the national science research base that includes its partners STFC, NERC, BBSRC, NPL, NNL and DSTL. It collaborates with InnovateUK and the Catapult Network.
He is a founder-director of Living PlanIT which has developed a software platform for real-time big data analysis and integration to enhance health and environmental outcomes in urban areas. He is an advisor to several other tech companies.
He is on two Inmarsat plc Strategic Advisory Boards - for preliminary UK efforts to create an alternative to the Galileo Satellite Navigation System; and for UK Space Agency supported satellite projects to tackle social & humanitarian challenges in developing countries. He also provides (long-distance) advice to the National Space Innovation Hub in Adelaide, Australia.
Ian headed the National Space Academy steering group 2012-2018. He was a member of the Science & Technology Facilities Council 2011-2018.
Ian chairs the charity League of Remembrance, founded in 1915. He also leads the Development Committee of the British Society for Research on Ageing.
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UKI2S collaborates with InnovateUK's Catapult Network and the Accelerator Grants Scheme.