Previous Keynote Speakers

Dr. Colin Forsyth

Dr. Colin ForsythMullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL)

Dr. Colin Forsyth is a NERC Independent Research Fellow at MSSL. He uses observations of particles, electromagnetic fields and EM radiation to understand how the Sun interacts with the space environment around the Earth.

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Dr Simon Sheridan

Dr Simon SheridanRosetta Mission

Simon is involved in the development and characterisation of instrumentation for the in-situ

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Dr Sarah Roberts

Dr Sarah RobertsBringing the Universe to Your Classroom
Faulkes Telescope Project

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Northropp Grumman Corporation

Into the Unkown'Into the Unknown' The James Webb Space Telescope
Film screening and presentation by NASA and Northrop Grumman

Into the Unknown tells the story of the building of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope – a revolutionary successor to the Hubble Telescope and 100 times more powerful.

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Libby Jackson

Libby JacksonHuman Spaceflight: Principia Mission - UK Space Agency's Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager

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Professor Giovanna Tinetti

Prof Giovanna TinettiThe Exoplanet Revolution

 Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University College London (UCL)

Exoplanets Research Group

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Dr Jena Meinecke

Jena MeineckeMagnetic Fields

Dr. Jena Meinecke is a laboratory astrophysicist studying the origins of magnetic fields.

Using high-energy lasers such as the National Ignition Facility laser, she recreates astrophysical objects in the laboratory such as supernovas that could fit in the palm of your hand.

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Dr Helen Sharman OBE

Helen SharmanBritain's first Astronaut in Space

Crew Member of the Anglo Soviet Juno Mission, 1991

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Dr Kim Page

Dr Kim Page

Violent explosions on Space

X-ray Telescope Team 

UK Swift Science Data Centre, University of Leicester

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Richard Parker

Richard ParkerDesigning the greatest advance in propulsion since the jet engine

Principal Design Engineer at Reaction Engines Limited

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Dr Suzie Sheehy

Dr Suzie Sheehy"Accelerated dreams - How particle accelerators have changed our lives...and what they will look like in the future".

ASTeC Intense Beams Group, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

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Anu Ojha OBE

Anu Ojha OBEIs there anything alive on Mars?

 Director of the National Space Academy

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Dr Leigh Fletcher

Dr Leigh FletcherExploring the Realm of the Giants

Dr Leigh Fletcher is a Royal Society Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Leicester, specialising in remote sensing of extreme environments found within giant planet systems, both in our solar system and around other stars.

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Dr Chris Davis

Dr Chris DavisStorms from the Sun

Project Scientist for Heliospheric Imagers, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

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Dr Andrew Pontzen

Dr Andrew PontzenWhy does dark matter…matter? -  A critical look at one of the most controversial areas of modern physics.

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Dr Chris North

Dr Chris NorthGravitational Waves 

Dr Chris North is a physicist and astronomy at Cardiff University. In this keynote talk, Chris discusses what gravitational waves are, and how they are detected by experiments such as LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory).

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Professor Charles Cockell

Prof Charles CockellThe search for life and beyond the Earth

Professor of Astrobiology, University of Edinburgh

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Dr Lewis Dartnell

Lewis DartnellAstrobiology – the hunt for alien life
"...are we alone?"

UK Space Agency Research Fellow, University of Leicester

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Professor Emma Bunce

Professor Emma BuncePlanetary Plasma

Professor of Planetary Plasma Physics

Emma's main research has focused on the giant rotating magnetosphere of Jupiter and Saturn.

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Dr Ed Chester

DrEdChesterWhat it means to be a space engineer

Space IDEAS Hub Project Manager, University of Leicester

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Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Dame Jocelyn Bell BurnellCareering through Astronomy What does a career in astronomy involve?

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Matt Cosby

Matt CosbyExoMars UHF Transceiver Project

Chief Communications Engineer for the QinetiQ UK Space Business

Matt is the technical leadership of the planetary communications team. He also acts as QinetiQ's technical lead and system engineer for the ExoMars UHF transceiver project.

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Dr Brooke Simmons

Dr Brooke SimmonsCitizen Science and the Zooniverse

Galaxy Zoo Project Scientist, University of Oxford

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