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12 May 06. UAV Forum to be held 19 July at Farnborough International Airshow. UAVS, the UK’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association (UAVS), will hold a Special UAV Forum on 19 July 2006 during this year’s Farnborough International Air Show. The UAV Forum, on Wednesday 19 July 2006, will be held in the Conference Centre during Farnborough International. The Keynote Speaker will be Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Science and Innovation in the UK. It will also feature presentations from the UK’s Director, Equipment Capability (ISTAR) at the Ministry of Defence, the Executive Director of AUVSI, Frost and Sullivan on UAV civil and commercial market analysis and the DTi regarding export trade control issues.

16 May 06. Joint Annual Conference – Electro-Magnetic Remote Sensing (EMRS) & Systems Engineering for Autonomous Systems (SEAS) Defence Technology Centres (DTCs). The Electromagnetic Remote Sensing (EMRS) and the Systems Engineering of Autonomous Systems (SEAS) Defence Technology Centres (DTCs) are holding a joint technical conference and exhibition on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th of July 2006 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). The event is being sponsored by Scottish Enterprise as part of their strategy for Aerospace & Defence. Established by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), DTCs are virtual centres of excellence in broad technology areas. Participants see a return on their investment in science and technology through its application in future defence equipment and wider civilian applications. The strategic aim of DTCs is to provide more rapid application of low technology maturity level research in the MoD’s defence equipment programme. The DTC initiative is a role model for research collaboration between Government, the UK Defence industry, small-medium sized enterprises and universities. Both the SEAS & EMRS DTCs will invest up to £30 million of MoD research funds over a six year period. Industry provides MoD with a matching contribution in-kind – knowledge of their internally funded research. This open event forms the DTCs’ main channel for dissemination of unclassified research output – with over 100 technical papers presented. The event is expected to draw approximately 550 defence scientists from the UK and beyond.

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