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Cathrine Armour

Director, Venturyst: South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications

 01326 336729

 Tremough Innovation Centre 


Tremough Innovation Centre, University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9TA



Cathrine is Director of the South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications. The Centre is a University of Exeter-led regional development initiative for economic growth co-funded by the Satellite Catapult and UK Space Agency in partnership with the Met Office, Plymouth University, Falmouth University, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Rothamsted Research, Goonhilly Earth Station, and Peninsula Innovation Ltd.

The Centre is focused on the engagement of start-ups and SMEs in research and development, and innovation and commercialisation of satellite data and technology-centric products and services.


Catherine's expertise lies in the design, development and delivery of ‘critical challenge’ programmes that resolve essential social and environmental issues while effecting economic growth. She is committed to the value data and information provides to answering critical questions in policy development and decision-making.

Recently her work has focused the transition of academic research and development to commercial opportunity through innovation.

Recent programmes include:

  • Geovation Hub, Programme and Challenge for the Ordnance Survey, UK
  • Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative with Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi
  • Eye on Earth, Abu Dhabi 2011 and UNCSD Rio+20 with UNEP

Additionally, as Director of Venturyst (the science, technology and innovation advocacy) Cathrine advises government and business on strategic programmes in science, technology and innovation.

Cathrine holds a BSc Environmental Studies (GIS and Spatial Analysis) and PGCE Business and Technology. She is currently exploring research on achieving sustainable economic growth and community resilience through regionalised innovation and incubation eco-systems. This includes the applied use of data and technology for measuring, monitoring and achievement of, the UN Global Development Goals: 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; and 11. Sustainable cities and communities.





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