Dr Matjaz Vidmar




+44(0)131 6507792


1.085 Sanderson Building

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Engineering Discipline: 

  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Materials and Processes

Research Theme: 

  • Systems Modelling from Atoms to Processes


I am Lecturer in Engineering Management, based in Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Materials and Processes.

I am Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation (ISSTI) and of The New Real research programme and creative community.

I research and teach innovation process management, organisational, learning and future design and I coordinate the School of Engineering's Space and Satellite portfolio of projects as well as entrepreneurship and socio-economic research themes within Space Innovation Hub.

I co-coordinate several academic networks, in particular Social Dimensions of Outer Space, Social Network Analysis Scotland, and Social Studies of Outer Space. 

Academic Qualifications: 

PhD in Science and Technology (2020)

MSc by Research in Science and Technology (2015)

MSc in Science and Technology in Society (2014)

BSc (Hon) Physics (2013)

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

Fellow of Royal Astronomical Society

Fellow of British Interplanetary Society

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Member of the Institute of Physics


Technology and Innovation Management 5 / MSc

Systems Engineering: Thinking and Practice 5 / MSc

Building Near Futures (EFI)

Systems Thinking, Systems Practice

Industrial / European Placements 4

MEng Final Projects 

I am open to supervising PhD and MSc projects in innovation process management, organisational development, interdisciplinary engineering, futures design, technology strategies and prototyping methodology, especially in the fields of space and satellite and artificial intelligence.

Research Interests: 

My research centres on innovation management processes, entrepreneurship and organisational learning at the forefront of high-tech (systems) engineering, especially in space and satellite, geoinformation data and artificial intelligence.

I lead the development of NanoSpace Lab, connecting key processes and R&D infrastructure for small-scale Space Industry pathfinder projects. 

I also co-lead The New Real programme on Experiential AI at the Edinburgh Futures Institute, in partnership with the Alan Turing Institute and funded by the EPSRC, AHRC, and Scottish Funding Council.