Space Agency support

Patenaude’s latest accolade will help remote learning

Genevieve Patenaude

Genevieve Patenaude adds the space award to other recent accolades

Edinburgh University start-up Earth Blox has secured the backing of the UK Space Agency to help students navigate their way through the COVID-19 disruption.

The spin-out has been awarded a share of £1.3m to support students taking Earth Observation courses –  the next generation of climate change specialists, weather forecasters and digital pioneers.  

Earth Blox will use its application to help remotely train the next group during the crisis while universities are unable to run computing classes in person. 

The application will support students at four participating universities: Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Open University, providing remote access to vast quantities of satellite data.  

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The funding support is the latest accolade for Earth Blox founder Dr Genevieve Patenaude, who recently won the Converge Challenge and an Edge award.

Dr Patenaude, senior lecturer at the School of Geosciences, has been working with and supported by Edinburgh Innovations, the university’s commercialisation service, since January 2019.

Earth Blox makes planetary-scale data analysis easy, and enables insights into the world and how it’s changing.

The ‘Earth Blox for Education’ project is led by Dr. Patenaude and Professor Iain Woodhouse, at the University of Edinburgh.

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