Abbie gained her Masters’ Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Surrey University where she received several awards and prizes, including for her placement year at SSTL, and her Masters’thesis on the use of composites in spacecraft structures. She joined Airbus Defence and Space as a Mechanical Engineer in 2010. She now leads a team of specialists in the design of the ExoMars Rover Vehicle Structure, as well as participating in outreach to promote engineering careers and the study of STEM subjects to the next generation. In 2013 she was selected as the IMechE’s Young Member of the Year and later named as the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year.
Alan Schuster Bruce is a graduate of Queens' College Cambridge. He has worked in a variety of engineering roles in satellite navigation and satellite communciations for aviation for the last 25 years in both airborne systems, ground systems and networks. He is the technical lead at Inmarsat for Inmarsat's aviation safety services.
Aleksandra Mir is an artist. Her work 'First Woman on the Moon' entailed the construction of a 300m2 moon landscape and a landing celebration by a diverse group of people on a beach in Holland in 1999. The film has toured the world for the past 15 years and is included in the Guggenheim and Tate Modern Collections. Her next project, The Space Tapestry is inspired by the Bayeux tapestry artists who depicted Halley's comet 1000 years ago. The 70m work will involve over 100 participants, weaving multiple energies, personalities and ideas together into a collective tale of the human quest for space.
Alice Sharp set up Invisible Dust in 2009, involving leading artists and scientists in creating artworks and events exploring the environment and climate change. In 2014 Alice won the PEA (People, Environment & Achievement) Arts Award.
Invisible Dust has an ongoing relationship with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Whilst artist in residence, Elizabeth Price won the 2012 Turner Prize. Current resident Phil Coy is focused on Earth observation, optical devices, satellite imagery and pixels.
Andy started his engineering career as an apprentice which enabled his progression through to degree level - it is from this experience that Andy has become a passionate advocate of professional engineering apprenticeships in the Space industry. Following 10 years in engineering R&D he co-founded Magna Parva in 2005 which has become well established in the Space engineering industry. Andy actively participates in the UK Space community being the current chair of the UK Space Mechanisms Group and participating in developing the Space IGS. Andy is a STEM ambassador and helped develop the National Space Centre Space Academy and Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering at Loughborough College.
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Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager - UK Space Agency
Andrew Kuh is Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager at the UK Space Agency.
He manages UK participation in ESA's International Space Station (ISS) and European Life and Physical Sciences (ELIPS) programmes, and related activities on a national level. This includes work in medicine, materials, space technology, fundamental physics and astrobiology.
Andrew is national delegate to the ESA Programme Board for Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration and national delegate to the International Space Exploration Coordination Group.
Andrew's background is in research funding, having previously worked for STFC and AHRC.
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Co-Coordinator - UK Space Environments Association
Andrew is a physiotherapy doctoral student at Northumbria University, investigating a prototype device for rehabilitating lumbo-pelvic deconditioning following spaceflight. He is CoCoordinator of the UK Space Environments Association which aims to increase resource sharing and create an online marketplace for Space R&D applications. He is an executive of the UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences Association and sits on the management committee of the Student European Low Gravity Research Association.
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UK Space - President
14 July 2015
Plenary: Ambitions and opportunities - UK & Europe
Andy is President of UK Space, co-chair of the UK Space Leadership Council, a member of the Digital Economy Council and a CBI Board member. He holds a number of Chairman and NED roles, linked by his passion for how technology transforms business and our daily lives.
Chief Financial and Operating Officer - Satellite Applications Catapult
Antonia Jenkinson joined the Satellite Applications Catapult as the Chief Financial and Operating Officer in April 2013. Antonia was previously Chief Financial Officer of The Garden Centre Group Ltd (now Wyevale), the UK's largest group of garden centres.
Antonia started her career at Accenture and moved into corporate finance at Apax Partners Corporate Finance (later Altium Capital) where she performed numerous early stage private equity and debt fundraising transactions.
Alongside her executive roles, Antonia is a Non-Executive Director of Garden Centre Property Development Trading plc and was a Non-Executive Director of Ocean Safety Ltd until 2014 .
Anu Ojha OBE is Director of the UK’s National Space Academy programme. He co-led the development of the National Higher Apprenticeship programme for the Space Sector and is the lead for Skills/Training for the UK-China Workshops on Space Science and Technology. He is a member of STFC’s Skills and Engagement Advisory Board and is President of the Astronautics Records Commission of the FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) – the world governing body for airports and human aerospace/astronautics achievements.
Captain Kerwin was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in June 1965 and served as science-pilot for the Skylab 2 (SL-2) mission in 1973. From 1982-1983 he served as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's senior science representative in Australia. From 1984-1987, he served as Director, Space and Life Sciences, Johnson Space Centre. He retired from the Navy and NASA and joined Lockheed in 1987 where he managed the Extravehicular Systems Project; He served on the NASA Advisory Council from 1990 to 1993. He joined Systems Research Laboratories (SRL) in 1996, and joined KRUG in 1997 which became the Life Sciences Special Business Unit of Wyle Laboratories of El Segundo, California in 1998
Director for Growth - UK Space Agency
15 July 2015
The UK Innovation and Growth Action Plan and Progress
Catherine joined the UK Space Agency in 2012 as Director for Growth, Applications & EU Programmes. In 2014 she became Director for Growth.
• Director of Technology & Business Change, UK Border Agency (2008 - 2012)
• Deputy Regional Director, Corporate Development, Government Office for East of England (2005 - 2008)
• Strategic Policy Advisor, Attorney General’s Office (2004 - 2005)
• Part of the Public Service Leaders Scheme, Crown Prosecution Service HQ & Thames Valley (2002 - 2004)
• Performance Champion, Home Office Performance Delivery & Strategy Unit (2001 - 2002)
Charles has a wealth of experience in delivering excellence in the transport sector. His expertise includes but is not limited to modelling, planning and policy, intelligent transport systems, information exploitation, and technology and innovation. He delivered the Dorset Real-time Passenger Information (RTPI) system for the Olympic Games which won ITS-UK Scheme of the Year 2012 and has been instrumental at TSC in developing a programme of work for the Welsh Government that will integrate BIM, Asset Management and IoT futures.
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Director of Operations and Compliance - Remote Diagnostic Technologies Ltd.
Chris Hannan has worked in all business areas of the medical devices industry. He has managed three European Space Agency sponsored projects in all phases from bid through to demonstration and delivery.
Head of International Space Policy - UK Space Agency
Chris graduated from Leicester University in 1980 with a Master’s in Experimental Space Science and joined BAe where he worked on earth observation and space science programmes. In 1998 he joined SCISYS, where his activities extended to include satellite telecom and navigation programmes as well as planetary exploration. In January 2014 Chris joined the UK Space Agency as Head of International Space Policy, addressing bi-lateral relationships with other Space Agencies and leading space export and inward investment tasks in collaboration with other Government Departments.
Director - Institute of Ideas
14 July 2015
Battle of Ideas – Will the Internet of Things Set Us Free?
Claire Fox is the director of the Institute of Ideas, which she established to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. She has a particular interest in education and social issues such as crime and mental health. She convenes the yearly Battle of Ideas festival, which will next take place at the Barbican in London in October 2015.
Claire is a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze and is regularly invited to comment on developments in culture, education and the media on TV and radio programmes such as Question Time and Any Questions? She is also a columnist for TES (Times Education Supplement) and MJ (Municipal Journal).
Claire is an Executive Board member of the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), UCL, and a Fellow of Wellington College.
Claire is a designer and urbanist and is Project Lead in Urbanism at the Future Cities Catapult. Previously she worked for Gehl Architects in Copenhagen, LSE Cities and as a design consultant on large-scale urban developments.
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Head of Missions - Satellite Applications Catapult
Head of Missions at the Catapult, Corentin is focusing on innovative mission concepts development with a strong focus on disruptive technologies for small satellites. Corentin has been collaborating with NewSpace organisations to understand and help overcome challenges that these organisations face when growing in the space sector. He is a strong advocate of responsible exploitation of space where organisations can maximise the commercial exploitation of space in a sustainable way, for example through the mitigating of pollution.
David Willetts was Minister for Universities and Science, attending Cabinet from 2010 to 2014. He has been the Member of Parliament for Havant since 1992. Before that David worked at HM Treasury, and the Number 10 Policy Unit. He also served as Paymaster General in the last Conservative Government.
He is a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. David has written widely on economic and social policy. His latest book ‘The Pinch’ was published by Atlantic Books in 2010.
Head of Advanced Systems - Airbus Defence and Space
Dider Alary is the Head of Advanced Systems at Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse.
He joined Matra Espace (now Airbus) in 1989 to design space systems to work around +36000 kms in an extremely harsh environment.
Since then, he has been in charge of the Security and Defence strategy for EO systems and has been the Head of Innovation and Security R&D - undertaking several significant studies (including ESA GIANUS).
Didier was project leader of the Ariane 5 launch ground segment (CCO Centre de Controle Opérationel) and the Head of Advanced Payload Data Handling and Electrical Studies Department, designing the first payload data handling system with a solid state recorder and variable compression.
He was Process Manager of the French EO military HELIOS II satellite project, Head of Military Earth Observation Proposal and Studies Department and has performed many studies for the French MoD, European Defence Agency and NATO.
Head of Science and Exploration - Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
Doug Liddle left Oxford University in 1993 with a Physics degree. He went on to spend several interesting years at the Defence Research Agency in Farnborough, UK, as a government scientist working on various missions including the Ministry of Defence's Skynet 4 Milsatcom programme. Since 2001, he has been at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd where he has worked in engineering and management. His achievements since working at SSTL have included designing ESA's first navigation satellite, developing satellites ranging in size from 4kg to 3 tonnes and having the pleasure of contributing to over 20 satellites built by the SSTL team in the last 14 years. In 2012 he was part of the industrial team that set up the UK's Satellite Applications Catapult facility to leverage investment in technology into economic growth for the UK. He is currently SSTL's Head of Science and Exploration, sits on a number of national industrial committees and manages SSTL's interface to the UK space agency and ESA.
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Deputy Keeper Technologies & Engineering - Science Museum
Doug Millard is Deputy Keeper Technologies & Engineering at the Science Museum in London. He has produced many space exhibitions and written widely, including a history of the Black Arrow satellite launch vehicle and its engines. In April 2012 he co-organised with the UK Space Agency a conference held at the Museum marking the 50th anniversary of the Ariel 1 satellite. He worked on the recently opened Information Age gallery at the Museum and for the last few years on a major exhibition of Russian space exploration opening at the Museum September 2015.
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Dr Camilla Colombo
Lecturer in Spacecraft Engineering - University of Southampton
Dr. Camilla Colombo is lecturer in Spacecraft Engineering at the University of Southampton (UK) in the Astronautics Research Group. She was granted a Marie Curie Research Fellowship at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) on the project “Space Debris: Evolution, Collision Risk and Mitigation”.
Her research focuses on the orbital dynamics under the effects of perturbations, trajectory optimisation and control for space debris, asteroids and small spacecraft. She is involved in studies with the European Space Agency on the design of end-of life disposal manoeuvres for spacecraft in Highly Elliptical Orbit, Libration Earth Orbit and Medium Earth Orbits. She was one of the representative of United Kingdom at the last Inter Agency Debris Committee in Houston (USA).
David Parker was appointed chief executive in January 2013. He is head of the UK’s delegation to the European Space Agency and chair of ESA’s Board for Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration.
After studying aeronautics and astronautics, he completed a doctorate on wind tunnel magnetic suspension technology, under a grant from NASA’s Langley Research Center. He worked on studies for new science missions for Rosetta and Herschel before undertaking business development, winning contracts for LISA Pathfinder and JWST.
Dr Erik De Witte
Head of Earth Observation, Future Programmes - Airbus Defence and Space
Erik De Witte has 8 years of experience working on future Space missions in Airbus Defence and Space, in Stevenage. Past missions he worked on include GAIA and Solar Orbiter. For the last two years he has been heading the Earth Observation group in the Future Programmes Department. Erik’s group has been involved in studies towards future climate missions with potential UK involvement, including Truths, BCM and others.
Dr Helen Fraser
Senior Lecturer in Astronomy - The Open Unviersity
Dr Fraser leads the Astrochemistry Group at the Open Unviersity, focusing her research on the role of icy material in the chemistry and physics of star and planet formation. She combines observational astronomy , with facilities experimental science, laboratory astrophysics and moelcular dynamics modelling to understand the fundamental physical-chemistry on condensed matter molecular material, as well as the role of these so-called "ices" in interstellar chemistry and grain aggregation.
Her most recent research has focused on exploiting the ISIS neutron facilitiy at RAL to study ice porosity, exploiting the AKARI space telescope to study ice distribution in star-forming regions, development of "ALMA in the lab" new THz techniques to study ice desorption (in collaboration with RAL Space), and use of ESA ELIPS facilitites, particularly parabolic flights, to study icy particle aggregation under planet-forming conditions.
Beyond her research Helen is very active in the UK space and astronomy community. She recently completed a 3-year membership of the RAS Council, is currently the chair of the UKSA Space Environments Working Group and serves on the UKSA SEAC. She was recently elected as Vice-President of the newly-formed IAU Commision 14 in Laboratory Astrophysics.
In 2014 Dr Fraser featured in WIRED magazine "SMART List" nominated as one of 50 people worldwide likely to be a "mover and shaker" in her field (Astrochemistry & Astrobiology) in the coming decade. She is always open to new ideas and networks, and at this meetign is especially interested to see how the needs of industry and research partners can be further served from the eprsepctvie of the ESA ELIPS programme.
Dr Hina Bacai
Business Development Manager - Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications - University of Strathclyde
As the Business Development Manager for the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, Hina aims to consolidate and facilitate the links between the research base in Scotland and the business community to enable companies to use satellite data innovatively. Keys focus areas are Energy, Future Cities, Offshore Renewables and Marine environment.
Ian is a former UK Minister for Science and Innovation and also served as Minister for Trade, Minister for Environment & Climate Change and as Economic Secretary to the Treasury before retiring as a Member of Parliament in 2010. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Thames Water Utilities, a member of PwC's Advisory Board and Chairman of CrowdBnk and OVCT2 plc.
Jean-Noël Thépaut has recently been appointed as Head of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, a Service operated by ECMWF on behalf of the European Union. He has been the Head Data Division, and Deputy Director of the Research Department at ECMWF for many years. His group was in charge of the development of world-class data assimilation algorithms for NWP, the exploitation of satellite observations from operational and research EO platforms, and the development and production of state-of-the-art climate reanalyses. Jean-Noël is “ingénieur de la météorologie” from Météo-France. He received his PHD from PARIS-VI university in 1992, in the field of of atmospheric data assimilation. He was involved in the early development of the 3D and 4D-Var system at ECMWF and Météo-France. He devoted part of his career in the exploitation of a wide variety of satellite data in Numerical Weather Prediction. He has served on a number of Committees, including the EUMETSAT Mission Expert Team for Meteosat Third Generation and EPS Second Generation, the NASA Global Modeling and assimilation Office Advisory Board, and the ESA Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC). Jean-Noël is currently co-chair of the joint WCRP-JSC/CAS Working Group on Numerical Experimentation.
After an MOD apprenticeship and graduating in mechanical engineering, my career has been in the Space Industry in the UK introducing new technologies and products. My years in management were never far from the engineering. I met Colin Pillinger in 1998 and was invited to take on the challenging role of leading the engineering of Beagle 2. More recently, I was leading the Exomars Rover engineering team here in the UK at Airbus Defence & Space until I retired a little over two years ago.
Dr Kathy Bass joined the UK Space Agency in January 2015 as Head of Applications Strategy. Her role is to drive, lead and coordinate strategy to foster the growth in applications and services as set out in the UK Civil Space Strategy.
Before joining the UK Space Agency, Kathy spent 10 years working as a scientific specialist for Defra. Originally trained as an ecologist, her experience includes Earth observations, climate change, sustainable farming, bioenergy and evidence strategy.
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Dr Katherine Joy
Senior Lecturer, School of Earth, Atmospheric and - Manchester University
Katherine Joy obtained her PhD in studies of lunar evolution from University College London in 2007, where she was involved in the European Space Agency's SMART-1 mission to the Moon. She then held a postdoctoral research position at Birkbeck College where she studied data from the Indian Chandrayaan-1 mission, and the chemistry of lunar meteorites. In 2010 Katherine took up a postdoctoral research post in Houston, Texas where she was based at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA Johnson Space Centre. She studied samples returned by the Apollo 16 mission in order to study the Moon's impact record. In 2012 Katherine returned to the UK to work at the University of Manchester where she continues to study lunar samples to help unravel the bombardment history of the Moon and inner Solar System. She has twice joined the US Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) programme, spending two field season's on the ice collecting meteorites.
Leila received her PhD from University College London and her research interests include e-health and telemedicine, data mining and intelligent systems analysis, image processing and computer-assisted diagnosis. Her recent projects include Satellite Ultrasound for Rural Stroke and the EU Implementing Transnational Telemedicine Solutions project at the University of Aberdeen and the Current Risk breast cancer screening survey at University College London.
Mani is the Head of Innovate UK’s Brussels office. Prior to joining Innovate UK, he was a Seconded National Expert at DG Research and Innovation in the European Commission. He has a background in UK science and innovation policy and funding, and was previously Assistant Director, Innovation Policy at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and also worked for one of the UK’s Research Councils.
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Dr Marcell Tessenyi
Twinkle Project Manager - University College London
Dr Marcell Tessenyi is the Project Manager of Twinkle, a UK space mission concept designed to understand the chemical composition and weather in extrasolar planet atmospheres. He has a PhD and MSc in astrophysics from University College London, a BSc from King’s College London and engineering/management training and experience in France and in the UK. His previous contributions to space instruments for infrared spectroscopy include ESA-M4 ARIEL, ESA-M3 EChO, JPL-THESIS, and SPEChO, an instrument concept on Spica.
Marek Kukula obtained his PhD in Radio Astronomy at Jodrell Bank Observatory then carried out research into galaxy evolution at a number of institutions including the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of the Hubble Space Telescope. As the Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich he is part of a team of astronomy education and outreach specialists who engage with the general public, schools and the media. He also works closely with scientists, historians and artists to explore the cultural impact of astronomical research.
Mauro Mameli obtained his PhD in 2012 at the University of Bergamo in Energy and Environment Technologies with a thesis on the “Pulsating Heat Pipe Numerical and Experimental Assesment”. Presently he is a Post Doc Researcher in the framework of the ASI project ESA-AO-2009 entitled “Microgravity Experiments on a Novel Two-phase Passive Heat Transfer Device for the ISS Thermal Management”. (P. I. Prof. M. Marengo); coordinator of the heat transfer activities in the Thermal Physics Laboratory at the University of Bergamo and visiting fellow at the University of Pisa (Prof. S. Filippeschi and Prof. P. di Marco). Author of twelve journal papers and several presented international conferences, he works in the field of two-phase passive heat transfer technologies and attended several experimental campaigns on board parabolic flights, large diameter centrifuge and Sounding rocket.
Dr Mameli gives the present talk on behalf of Prof. Marco Marengo, full professor of Thermal Engineering at the University of Brighton.
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Dr Mike Barratt
Associate Editor for Space Medicine & NASA Astronaut - Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance Journal
Dr. Barratt joined NASA JSC in 1991 as a project physician with KRUG Life Sciences. In 1992 he was assigned as NASA Flight Surgeon, working in Space Shuttle Medical Operations. In 1994 he was assigned to the joint U.S./Russian Shuttle - Mir Program in support of the Mir-18/STS-71 and subsequent missions. 1995 to 1998 he served as Medical Operations Lead for the International Space Station (ISS). He worked with counterparts at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre and Institute of Biomedical Problems and other international partner centres and served as lead crew surgeon for first expedition crew to ISS from July 1998 until selected as an astronaut candidate
Nick Adkins is a Senior Research Fellow in the Advanced Materials & Processing Laboratory (AMPLab) at the University of Birmingham. With over 30 years experience in the production and processing of metal powders Nick works at the University on several large, EU-funded, projects including AMAZE, the largest EU project on Additive Manufacturing. After 12 years involvement with ESA on a number of projects Nick has recently joined the UK Space Agency's Space Environments Working Group.
Dr Nick Caplan
Reader in Clinical Biomechanics - Northumbria University
Nick is a Reader and Director of Postgraduate Research in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University. Nick's research interests are in the area of clinical biomechanics and orthopaedics, investigating the rehabilitation of lumbopelvic muscle dysfunction in astronauts, post bedrest and relevant terrestrial populations. Nick is a member of an ESA Topical Team on “Exercise after space (rehabilitation)”. He is an editorial board member of Sports Engineering, the World Journal of Orthopaedics, and the Journal of Orthopaedics and Trauma.
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Dr Peter Zanelli
Chief Technical Officer - Transport Systems Catapult
14 July 2015
Battle of Ideas – Will the Internet of Things Set Us Free?
As Chief Technical Officer, Paul is responsible for providing technical leadership as well as assuring the technical quality of work undertaken. After completing his Doctorate from York University's Computer Science Department, Paul founded a venture-backed technology start-up focussed on applied pattern recognition for a range of applications include biomedical molecule matching and 3D image processing. Paul then went on to manage Aurix, a speech technology company that was spun-out of QinetiQ. Aurix delivered big-data speech analytics for US call centres. Having taken Aurix from loss-making to profitability, Paul was attracted to work for leading UK venture capital firm Advent Venture Partners, before returning to a technical leadership role as a Technology Fellow at BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre. During his time at BAE Systems, Paul was responsible for the technical aspects of a number of advanced capabilities including: Computational Engineering, Networks and Communications, Systems Engineering, Information Processing and Human Factors. Paul then moved to Network Rail as Head of Research and Development before joining the Transport Systems Catapult in November 2013.
Rebecca Ross is a researcher, designer and teacher with a long-term focus on how pictures, media, and data, are actively intertwined with spatial conditions in historical and contemporary contexts. She has a particular interest in the interplay between mass culture and the production and application of specialist or expert knowledge related to the built environment. Projects in progress include a history of the London postcode as a distinctly open interface between communities, machines, and the complexities of urbanization and a series digital billboards displayed in Central London that respond to the city's affordable housing crisis. Rebecca is current Senior Lecturer and MA Course Leader in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins
In 2000 Dr Ambrosi moved to Leicester to work on the Swift Observatory X-ray Telescope as CCD calibration scientist after completing a PhD in fast neutron resonance radiography. Between 2003 and 2005 he worked dust and radiation effects on detectors as well as CCDs for next generation X-ray observatories. In 2006 Richard became the UK Technical Lead for the ExoMars X-ray Diffraction instrument, responsible for the development of the X-ray focal plane for the instrument. Since 2008 Dr Ambrosi has been leading the development of radioisotope thermoelectric generators, heater units and radioisotope containment systems for space nuclear power applications.
Dr Robert Marchbanks
Consultant Clinical Scientist - University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Consultant Clinical Scientist and Director of the Non-invasive Intracranial Pressure Assessment (NIPA) Unit, Southampton. Past Clinical Director of Audiological Science, Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, London. Honorary Senior Research Fellow Southampton University. UK lead for the CCFP aspect of the NASA Visual Impairment – Intracranial Pressure Project, Johnson Space Centre and recipient of NASA Certificate of Recognition in appreciation for contributions to improve human presence in space.
Dr Robert Massey
Deputy Executive Secretary - Royal Astronomical Society
Dr Robert Massey is Deputy Executive Secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society, where he oversees Society external affairs including media relations, public engagement and policy development. Before joining the RAS, his career took him from PhD research in Manchester on the Orion nebula to teaching, local politics and then a stint as Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. In his spare time he teaches his five year old daughter about science, enjoys cycling, cooking and when babysitting allows enjoys the cultural life of his home city of Bristol.
Ross is an STFC-sponsored Knowledge Exchange Fellow within the Department of Physical Sciences at the Open University. He supports collaborations between researchers working in space science and space instrumentation with industry, both inside and outside the Space sector. He also works on collaborations supporting skills development, education and science outreach and is an academic member of the UK CubeSat Forum committee.
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Dr Simon Evetts
nternational Collaboration Development Manager - Wyle
Until recently Simon Evetts ran the Medical Projects & Technology Unit at the European Astronaut Centre, Cologne. His responsibilities spanned medical projects, astronaut fitness and the support of astronaut health. He was instrumental in developing the field of space biomedicine in the UK for 15 years and is now the International Collaborations Development Manager for Wyle GmbH. He is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Kings College London, a Visiting Professor at Northumbria University, and coordinates the UK Space Life & Biomedical Sciences and UK Space Environments Associations. http://wyle.com
Dr Stuart Armstrong
James Martin Research Fellow - Future of Humanity Institute
Stuart Armstrong’s current research focuses on the design of safe Artificial Intelligence, formal decision theory (including “anthropic” probabilities), the long-term potential for intelligent life, and the limitations of predictions. In particular, he wants to establish what large risks are the most dangerous and most worth working on, and how accurate predictions made in those areas are likely to be. He has a background in pure mathematics (parabolic geometries) and computational biochemistry (virtual screening).
I am interested in understanding the metabolic and molecular mechanisms underpinning human skeletal muscle adaptation to physical (in)activity, the role of nutrition in this process process, and how these responses differ between young and ageing populations. Complementing this work, my research also examines the causes of musclular decline during exposure to microgravity, using the small worm Caenorhabditis elegans as a model organism.
Dr Zita Martins is a Royal Society University Research Fellow, working in the field of Astrobiology. Her research interests include the detection of bio-signatures in space missions, and the possible contribution of extra-terrestrial compounds present in meteorites and comets to the origin of life on Earth.
She has an MSc in Chemistry from Instituto Superior Técnico (2002) and a PhD in Astrobiology from Leiden University (2007). She was an Invited Scientist at NASA Goddard (2005 and 2006), and an Invited Professor at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (2012).
She is a Co-Investigator in the OREOcube experiment (ESA-ELIPS space mission), which is in the implementation phase for installation on the International Space Station.
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Dr. Catherine Mulligan
Head of digital strategy and economics - Future Cities Catapult
Catherine is Head of Digital Strategy and Economics at Future Cities Catapult. She has 15 years international experience in technology development and strategy in a broad range of technical areas. From her position at Imperial College, Catherine is PI on two RCUK Digital Economy grants covering a wide array of technical areas from cyberphysical security to information marketplaces. Prior to this, Catherine worked at Ericsson in Stockholm, Sweden for 10 years on a broad variety of cutting-edge technologies in a number of different roles including system management/standardisation and portfolio management. She holds a PhD and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a BSc. (Hons 1) in Business Information Technology from UNSW, Australia. Catherine has published 5 books on mobile network technologies. Her latest book is From M2M to IoT: An Introduction to a New Era of Intelligence (Elsevier).
Debbie works with the Institute for Environmental Analytics at the interface between scientists, technologists and users in the broad area of climate services. HerPhD was in remote sensing of snow mass (University of Reading) and her background is in engineering science (MEng Jesus College, Oxford).
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Dr. Hamid Falaki
Technical Architect - Communciations - Digital Catapult
14 July 2015
Battle of Ideas – Will the Internet of Things Set Us Free?
Dr. Hamid Falaki is a senior technologist with over 25 years’ experience in the energy and telecoms sectors. At the Digital Catapult, Hamid is responsible for the development and execution of the next generation communications strategy, supporting the development of novel technology, and insights into future communications services and standards. His past career spans across large corporations in UK and overseas from CEGB, AT&T Bell Labs, going on to NEC, followed by working at Stoke as a start up in Silicon Valley, and later at Vodafone Group provided consultancy services on behalf of Aricent Group.
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Dr. Malcolm Macdonald
Director of the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications - University of Strathclyde
As Director of the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, SoXSA, Malcolm's work focuses on the development and application of space mission systems, technology and data exploitation, to challenge conventional ideas and enable new concepts in the exploration and exploitation of space.
Nafeesa joined the Satellite Applications Catapult in January 2014, as Knowledge Exchange Manager. Her role involves creating partnerships between the research knowledge base and businesses across the UK. Before joining the Catapult, she worked for five years at BlackBerry managing their global University Relations programmes and education outreach activities. Nafeesa worked for five years at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in a variety of University and business facing roles and graduated from Warwick University with a PhD in Electrochemistry.
Named chief executive officer of the Space Foundation in 2001, Elliot Pulham leads a premier team of space and education professionals providing services to educators and students, government officials, news media and the space industry around the world. Before joining the Space Foundation, he was senior manager of public relations, employee communication and advertising for all space programs of Boeing, serving as spokesperson at the Kennedy Space Center for the Magellan, Galileo and Ulysses interplanetary missions, among others. Pulham is a former Air Force Civic Leader and advisor to the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force and a recipient of the U.S. Air Force Distinguished Public Service Medal. He serves on the editorial board of New Space Journal.
Emma joined Big Brother Watch as Deputy Director in February 2012 and was appointed as Director in August 2014. Previously, she worked for political campaign and research groups. Emma has an MSc in Public Services Policy and Management from King’s College London. She has a particular interest in cyber security and cyber crime, which formed the topic of her dissertation.
George Whitesides is the CEO of Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight company founded by Sir Richard Branson. In his role, George is responsible for guiding all aspects of the company to commercial operation at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Prior to Virgin Galactic, George served as NASA’s Chief of Staff. George is a board member for Virgin Unite USA, the philanthropic organization of Virgin Group, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Space Security, and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He and his wife Loretta have two children and live in Lancaster, California
Glenn Rizner is the Division Manager of the Operations Integration Division within the Office of Commercial Space Transportation. This Division is the primary channel of communication for seeking guidance, policy determination and clarification in the advancement of launch products and services to new entrants in the Commercial Space Transportation market.
Glenn holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Airframe/Powerplant Mechanic Certificates, owned a Flight School and Air Taxi Operation, is a Flight Instructor with helicopter, airplane, and glider ratings, and owns a Piper Cub
Greg is an economist (M.Sc. M.A. B.A.) specialising in the application of best practice economic and financial analysis to the space sector. He leads the space team at London Economics with particular expertise in market quantification, socio-economic impact assessment, public utility benefit estimation and investment case evaluation, developed over his twelve years of consulting experience. Clients include leading space agencies, governments and private operators. Most recently, Greg led 'The Size and Health of the UK space industry 2014' and 'The Case for Space 2015'.
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Space Lead - Defence Science Technology Laboratory
Harjinder has worked in the field of space research – in academia, government and industry – since 1991. During his career, he has specified and designed instrument and platform items for a number of missions including: the European Space Agency’s Huygens, Mars Express and EuroMir 95; the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) TSX-5; and the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) STRV-1c/d, Skynet 4F and Skynet 5. Harjinder is also the UK Chairman of the DoD-MOD Working Group on Ionising Radiation Effects. Harjinder is now Space Lead at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (visit gov.uk/dstl).
Helen Sharman OBE
Faculty Technical Manager & First Briton in Space - Kingston University London
Helen Sharman, OBE became the first Briton in space in 1991 when she launched on a Soyuz spacecraft to the Mir Space Station. Helen was in space for 8 days carrying out experiments and spacecraft operations and making amateur radio links with British school students.
Helen has a degree in chemistry and has held jobs as a scientist and research manager in industry. She is currently Technical Manager for Science, Engineering and Computing at Kingston University, London.
Ian Downey is the UK Ambassador for ESA’s Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme. The Ambassador Platform conducts outreach and awareness raising activities for the IAP programme and satellite applications across multiple sectors in the UK by developing relationships with new and existing users and stakeholders and linking with other sectors and networks. Focus areas include: Intelligent Transport and Mobility, Offshore Renewable Energy, Future Cities and Digital Health. The UK Ambassador Platform is based at ECSAT (the European Centre for Satellite Applications and Telecommunications) and hosted jointly with the Satellite Applications Catapult on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire to promote mutual awareness and coordination. Ian has worked for over 25 years as a consultant in remote sensing and other space applications in private and public sector organisations in the UK and overseas. He has worked particularly in the development of end user applications through: stakeholder engagement, needs analysis and business development.
Jaisha Wray is a Political Officer at U.S. Embassy London where she leads on cyber policy, space policy, and stabilization operations. She has previously worked in the State Department’s Office of Missile Defense and Space Policy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the National Reconnaissance Office.
Jessica is a principal researcher in the policy and research team at Nesta. Jessica works on imagining future disruptive technology, as a way to encourage responsible innovation today. She organises the Hot Topics events series, and led the global theme at the FutureFest weekender. She blogs about science policy for The Guardian. Jessica also leads Nesta's work on foresight methods. She published Don't stop thinking about tomorrow: a modest defence of futurology in 2013. Jessica was previously Senior Policy Adviser at the Royal Society, the UK's National Academy of Science.
Having left the army after eight years John took up a role in a City-based Management Consultancy where he worked with clients such as British Amercian Tobacco, Oracle and Amercian Express. Following a chance conversation whilst on a diving trip, the chance to join IBM arose and John then spent the next three years on various outsourcing projects. Headhunted by GE Capital IT Solutions to become the Client Director for Sainsburys and promotion a year later to Regional Manager and then to eBusiness General Manager, GE developed John's interest in and focus on quality and customer focus. Having also developed a business consultancy model IBM took over and two other start-ups, John is particularly proud of Blue Abyss, which intends to become a world-class research, training and development facility for the marine and space environments.
Jorge Potti holds an MSc in Aerospace Engineering by the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain. Joined GMV in 1986. In 1997 is nominated Head of the Satellite Control Centres division. In 2001 becomes Business Development Director. Since January 2009 he is the General Manager of all aerospace activities of the GMV group of companies. Under his leadership a team of more than 500 engineers pursues a strategy for growth in ten countries where GMV develops space activity.
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Head of Satellite & Mobile Communications - Satellite Applications Catapult
Kieran joined Airbus Space & Defence in 2008 as their Head of Payload systems engineering, running the telecommunications payload engineering division. The group was responsible for the design and delivery of advanced communications satellites . He has recently taken on a new role as head of Satellite & Mobile communications for the Satellite Applications Catapult.
Director of Technology and Innovation - Innovate UK
15 July 2015
The UK Innovation and Growth Action Plan and Progress
Kevin is an experienced and innovative telecoms professional whose most recent position was Director of Wireless at Virgin Media Business. He was responsible for developing Virgin Media's metro wireless propositions, which included the recent acclaimed rollout of WiFi on the London Underground across 72 stations, in time for the 2012 Olympic Games. In his previous role, he was responsible for Virgin Media's technical strategy, guiding the company into leadership positions through the rollout of next generation broadband (DOCSIS 3.0) and TV (Tivo) platforms. He was also a member of the Virgin Media Board Committee for Technology & Operations.
Principal Mission Systems Engineer - Airbus Defence & Space
Lisa Peacocke has worked as a systems engineer at Airbus Defence & Space for 10 years, specialising in future planetary exploration missions to asteroids, Mars and the Moon. She led the recent ESA Phase A study of MarcoPolo-R, an asteroid sample return mission, and will now lead ESA's Phobos Sample Return Phase A study technical work.
Director of Earth Observation and Science - Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
Luis Gomes holds a Physics degree and joined Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) in 1997 as mission designer and system engineer. In 2003-2005 he managed the DMC+4 project and in 2006-2008 the NigeriaSat-2 project, becoming Head of EO in 2008. In 2011 he became Director of EO and Science for SSTL.
Magali Vaissiere is the Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications of ESA (responsible for the ARTES programme of ESA R&D programme in satellite telecommunications and applications with an annual budget of 300 Meuros-) since 2008.
She is also the Head of ECSAT (UK Centre of ESA located in Harwell) since July 2013.
Before joining ESA, she has worked in industry: EADS-Astrium Satellite (for 15 years) and earlier in Thomson-CSF Radars (9 years).
Education: engineer from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications de Paris (Telecom Paris Tech) & Master of Sciences of Stanford University, Executive MBA from the Centre de Perfectionnement aux Affaires.
Since March 2014; Member of the French "Académie des Technologies".
Since 2007 Mark has been CEO of venture firm Seraphim Capital investing in the fields of artificial intelligence, data analytics, sensor tech, IoT and new material innovation. Seraphim is now breaking new ground in launching a $100m venture fund focused on the UK space technology ecosystem.
Mark is also Chairman of the London Technology Co-Investment Fund a prolific investor in high growth tech, science and digtal startups in London.
Prior to Seraphim Mark was at YFM Equity Partners serving on their main board for a number of years and working on the British Smaller Company VCT 1 and 2.
Mark D. Dankberg is a co-founder of ViaSat Inc. and has served as CEO and Chairman of the company, since its inception in 1986. Under his leadership, ViaSat has consistently been one of America’s fastest growing technology companies.
Mr. Dankberg is an acknowledged industry expert in aerospace, defense, and satellite communications, and is the leading visionary for a new generation of high-capacity satellite systems. He has received a number of awards for innovation leadership, including induction into the SSPI Satellite Hall of Fame in 2015.
Mr. Dankberg began his career with the Collins Radio Division of Rockwell International, and at Linkabit Corp in San Diego, where he held positions in engineering, technical management and business segment management.
He earned BSEE and MEE degrees from Rice University and is a member of the Rice University Electrical and Computer Engineering Hall of Fame.
I have worked for the Met Office for 28 years as a meteorologist in a range of roles.
Since late 2010, I have led the development of space weather forecasting within the Met Office, leading to the creation of a manned 24x7x365 Space Weather Operation Centre within the Met Office, only the 3rd centre globally to be fully operational. Work continues to focus on understanding theneeds of the sectors vulnerable to space weather, defining the key forecasting & scientific challenges and making the case for an operationally reliable observation & monitoring system.
Key Accunt Manager, Navigation & Ground Systems - Airbus Defence and Space
15 July 2015
The UK Innovation and Growth Action Plan and Progress
Mark joined Airbus Defence & Space (formerly Astrium) in 2000 to work on the Galileo programme. He was the Project Manager for the development of the Ground Control Segment for 10 years and now works in Business Development covering both GNSS infrastructure programmes and innovate receiver developments. In 2012 Mark joined the Space Innovation & Growth Strategy (IGS) team, leading the industrial support during the preparation of the 2013 Space Growth Action Plan report and subsequent Implementation activities.
Business Development Director - Deimos Space UK Ltd
Michael graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked in Product Development at Jaguar Cars for 26 years.
Michael joined the Technology Strategy Board, in 2009 as Head of Special Projects. He was the UK delegate for Telecomms programmes on the ESA Joint Communications Board.
Michael joined Magellium Limited in June 2012 as Managing Director and following the sale of the company in December 2014 he is now Business Development Director at Deimos Space UK Ltd.
He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Mike's background is principally in project management associated to large projects in the Aerospace sector. Having graduated from Cranfield college with an MSc in Applied Thermodynamics, Mike spent 7 years at British Aerospace Dynamics where his final appointment was as New Business manager. In 1990 he joined a US management consultancy, where he became involved with implementing Project Management software solutions for the European Space Agency. In 1994 he establish Sapienza Consulting, now a leading provider of Space sector manpower, and is the current Managing Director.
Nafiz Karabudak, Global Technology Manager, is responsible for development and management of global technology strategy and R&D Programs for Lockheed Martin Corporation Space Systems Company. He provides leadership by building Strategic Global Partnerships Technology Development Programs with the Universities, Small Businesses (SMEs), R&D Labs, Industry, Government Agencies, and centers. He also serves as the Lockheed Martin Corporate Lead for Small Business /SME and SBIR/STTR Technology Programs.
Neil is a Programme Director at the Transport Systems Catapult having joined the organisation in November 2013. He has responsibility for the Automated Transport Systems business unit, focussing on the introduction of automated and connected vehicles into the transport infrastructure and the associated barriers to this huge area of growth and potential. An example of this is the leadership of the LUTZ Pathfinder programme – a trial and test programme of technology readiness and public perception of autonomous Pods onto the pavements of Milton Keynes.
Neil began his career with Cummins Engine Company who sponsored his Degree in Mechanical and Production Engineering. This was followed by engine development and Account Management roles with Cummins. In 2000, he joined Millbrook Proving Ground, in Business Development, and latterly took responsibility for the leadership of Powertrain Engineering.
Head of the ESA Climate Office - European Space Agency
Pascal studied Mathematics and Physics in Paris and Ocenography in Brest. He joined ESA in 1988 where he developped the ESA Sensor Performance, Products and Algorithm strategy for Earth Observation.
Since the beginning of 2010, he is based in the newly created ESA Harwell Center as Head of the ESA Climate Office. In this new position, he is playing an important role in the development of the ESA CCI as programme manager, and at an international level as Vice Chair of the Joint CEOS CGMS WGClimate.
Pat Norris is a former Chairman of UKspace and has worked on space programmes for almost 50 years on both sides of the Atlantic in public and private sectors. He is a Space Specialist at CGI, Europe’s leading space software company, and author of 2 books on surveillance from space.
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Head of Transitional & Emerging Aviation Technologies - Department for Transport
Paul is the currently co- Chair of the Government Working Group on RPAS, which is responsible for developing the Governments strategy for this emerging sector of aviation and for the safe integration of civil UAVs into UK National Airspace, in co-operation with the UK Ministry of Defence, UK Civil Aviation Authority and other Government Departments. In this role he is also responsible for coordinating Government policy with the European Institutions (EC, EASA, & Eurocontrol) and ICAO
In addition Paul has responsibility for developing and establishing the UK’s first commercial spaceport including a legal and regulatory framework to allow the safe operation of commercial spaceplanes within this new Parliament.
CTO - Satellite Applications Catapult
14 July 2015
Battle of Ideas – Will the Internet of Things Set Us Free?
Paul Febvre is CTO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, an organisation dedicated to stimulating innovation in the use of satellite services and technology for the growth of UK businesses. Paul previously worked at Inmarsat, being responsible for the design of the Inmarsat BGAN system, as well as for managing Inmarsat’s activities under the ESA ARTES programmes for new technologies, systems, and applications development.
Peter Platzer co-founded Spire in 2012 with a vision to provide high frequency/high accuracy satellite-powered data from anywhere on earth. While Platzer is regarded as a pioneer in launching small form factor satellites into space, he was also named a White House Champion of Change in 2013 for visionary leadership.
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Prof John Bridges
Professor of Planetary Science - Space Research centre, University of Leicester
Professor of Planetary Science, Space Research Centre, University of Leicester.
I study Mars through Mars Science Laboratory, HiRISE Co-I, ExoMars planning team involvement and the early Solar System with Stardust mission.
Planetary Materials research: Martian meteorites and evidence for water-rock interaction, cometary and primitive meteorites, using electron microscopy, FIB-TEM, synchrotron techniques
Prof Mark McCaughrean
Senior Science Advisor - European Space Agency
14 July 2015
UK Space Conference 2015 Gala Dinner and Sir Arthur Clarke Awards at St. George's Hall
Mark McCaughrean works for the European Space Agency at ESTEC in the Netherlands, where he is the Senior Scientific Advisor in the Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration. He is also responsible for communicating the scientific results from ESA's astronomy, heliophysics, planetary, and fundamental physics missions to the scientific community and the wider public.
After receiving his PhD from the University of Edinburgh, McCaughrean has worked in the US, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK, where he taught as a professor of Astrophysics at the University of Exeter. His personal research involves observational studies of the formation of stars and their planetary systems using state-of-the-art ground and space-based telescopes. He is also an Interdisciplinary Scientist on the Science Working Group for the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.
Prof. Gerry Gilmore
Professor of Experimental Philosophy - Cambridge University
Gerry Gilmore, ScD, FInstP, FRS, is the UK PI for the ESA Gaia mission Data Processing and Analysis Consortium, and was a member of the original Gaia study team. He is scientific coordinator of Opticon, the EC Coordination Network for optical-infrared astronomy; is the Co-PI of the 400-member Gaia-ESO Survey consortium, leading ground-based large-telescope support for Gaia science; holds a European Research Council Advanced Grant; has published over 650 scientific research papers; and is a member of many local, national and international strategy, advisory and review boards. He is based at Cambridge University's Institute of Astronomy, and devotes much effort to trying to understand and share the excitement, appeal and importance of both big challenges and practical solutions in science and technology for the future of society .
Johann-Dietrich ‘Jan’ Woerner became the ESA Director General on 1 July 2015.
Previously, from March 2007 to June 2015, he served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
Before being elected as President of TU Darmstadt in 1995, he held the position of Dean of the newly established Civil Engineering Faculty. Jan Woerner headed the university from 1995 to 2007 and succeeded in making it the first autonomous university of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Jan Woerner has been awarded numerous prizes and positions, such as the Prize of the Organisation of Friends of Technical University Darmstadt for ‘outstanding scientific performance’. He was also appointed to the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and to acatech and is a representative of the Technical Sciences Section of the Leopoldina, the national academy of sciences of Germany.
Before joining ESA as Director General, Jan Woerner was head of the German delegation to ESA from 2007 to 2015 and served as Chairman of the ESA Council from 2012 to 2014.
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Prof. Maria Stokes
Professor of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation - University of Southampton
Maria Stokes is Professor of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, leading the Active Living Technologies Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton. Her research focuses on active living and healthy ageing using health technologies. Themes are: 1) mechanisms of musculoskeletal function to inform interventions (spectrum of elite sport to frailty); 2) prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions; 3) developing assessment tools and assistive devices. She Co-Chairs the European Space Agency Post-Mission Exercise (Rehab) Topical Team.
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Prof. Mark Sims
Interim Director Space Research Centre - University of Leicester
Mark Sims is Professor of Astrobiology and Space Instrumentation and Interim Director of the Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester. He has published over 102 scientific articles. His achievements include development, design, build and test of space instrumentation for applicability in fields as diverse as X-ray astronomy, planetary science and Earth Observation. He has been involved in 9 space missions from Ariel 5 (1975) to Rosat (1990) to ExoMars (2013) with roles varying from data analysis through to instrument development, calibration, assembly, test, flight operations and launch site support. Sims was Beagle 2 Mission Manager responsible for instrumentation and flight operations implementation and test . He is a member of ESA’s Human Spaceflight and Exploration Advisory Committee,Mark Sims is Professor of Astrobiology and Space Instrumentation and Interim Director of the Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester. He has published over 102 scientific articles. His achievements include development, design, build and test of space instrumentation for applicability in fields as diverse as X-ray astronomy, planetary science and Earth Observation. He has been involved in 9 space missions from Ariel 5 (1975) to Rosat (1990) to ExoMars (2013) with roles varying from data analysis through to instrument development, calibration, assembly, test, flight operations and launch site support. Sims was Beagle 2 Mission Manager responsible for instrumentation and flight operations implementation and test . He is a member of ESA’s Human Spaceflight and Exploration Advisory Committee, UKSA’s Space Technology Advisory Committee and University of Leicester representative on Space Action (Academic) Network.
Prof Matt Griffin is Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University. He studied Electrical Engineering at University College Dublin and Astrophysics at Queen Mary College, London. In 2001 he joined the Cardiff Astronomy Instrumentation Group. His research work has included the development of instruments for both ground-based and space-borne observatories, and study of planetary atmospheres, star formation, galaxy evolution, and the Earth's atmosphere. He led the international team that built the SPIRE instrument on board ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, which is studying the formation of stars and galaxies.
Mike Hapgood is Head of Space Weather at RAL Space and a Visiting Professor at Lancaster University. He is an internationally recognised expert in space weather, and active in providing advice to UK Government bodies looking at the risks from space weather. He has a strong scientific interest in extreme space weather events and, in particular, in exploring how to expand our knowledge of the physics at work in such events, as that may provide vital insights into these rare and dangerous events.
Shaun Quegan's work focuses on combining satellite and in situ data with models to gain better quantitative understanding of the land carbon cycle. To this end, he led the NERC Centre for Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics and led the Carbon Cycle Theme in the NCEO. He was the joint proposer of the ESA BIOMASS mission and chairs the Mission Advisory Group.
Prof. Sir Martin Sweeting
Group Executive Chairman - Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
15 July 2015
The UK Innovation and Growth Action Plan and Progress
Professor Sir Martin Sweeting OBE, FRS, FREng
The founder and Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and the Surrey Space Centre, Sir Martin has pioneered low-cost and highly-capable small satellites exploiting modern consumer electronics to ‘change the economics of space’ and launched 43 satellites into orbit for a variety of remote sensing and communications applications.
Jim's research investigates the physics behind the aurora borealis, the impact of space weather, and the interaction between the Martian atmosphere and the interplanetary environment. He is also a passionate science communicator, has established himself as a popular speaker for public audiences and regularly contributes to print and broadcast media.
Prof. Crowther was formerly Head of Space Technology at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory until 2008 and is currently Chief Engineer at the UK Space Agency. He is Head of UK Delegations to United Nations Committees on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and the Inter-Agency Debris Committee (IADC), and is one of the fifteen member Group of Governmental Experts appointed by the UN in 2012 to examine space security measures. He is currently Chair of the IADC.
Professor Robert Gurney
Professor of Earth Observation Science - University of Reading
Professor Robert J. Gurney OBE is in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. Robert co-leads the Belmont Forum Data Management & e-Infrastructure CRA, advises the UK Satellite Applications Catapult; is a member of the UK Space Leadership Council and the NASA SMAP science team.
Professor Walter Kuehnegger
Head of Clinical Orthometry (retired) - Fachklinik Hohenstücken Neurological Rehabilitation Centre, Germany
Professor Walter Kuehnegger as a mechanical and aeronautical engineer and orthopoedic surgeon is a multi-disciplinarian scientist who has left his mark on both the space and healthcare industries. Kuehnegger’s achievements span his time as chief aircraft designer for Sir Freddy Laker in the 50s, to technology development during the early days of the satellite industry, through to the establishment of Retotherapie Centres in Germany for the management of locomotor deficiency conditions. Possibly Prof Kuehnegger’s most noticeable achievement, however, results from his time as an Apollo Programme Principal Investigator, when he determined human body motion and working potential for the moon. In this work ‘Professor Moon’ conducted the first computer analysis of human body motion, calculated the energy expenditure required for different forms/speeds of movement on the moon and originated the Lunar Kangaroo locomotion we are all familiar with today.
Rachel is also Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University. She is Director of Imagination Lancaster, an open and exploratory design-led research centre conducting applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions. Professor Cooper’s research interests cover: design thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of industry, a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially responsible design. She has published extensively on these topics, including books 'Designing Sustainable Cities' and 'The Handbook of Wellbeing and the Environment'.
Wing Commander Rayna Owens MA Bsc RAF has had a diverse career within the Royal Air Force. She has had operational touirs in the UK and deployed to the Falkland Islands, Afghanistan and Iraq. Desk jobs have included trials and evaluation, procurement and scrutiny. Her last tour was as the Station Commander at RAF Fylingdales. she is currently working within the Air Staff in the Ministry of Defence where her portfolio includes Space.
Rebecca Fairbairn leads the development of policy and strategy for knowledge exchange and impact for the UK's largest social science research funder, the Economic and Social Research Council. ESRC is one of seven UK research councils (including MRC and EPSRC); it supports research, training and infrastructure focused on how people and societies work.
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Research Student & Former Astronaut Candidate - King's College London
Richard Farrimond trained as a Payload Specialist with NASA when the UK MOD was planning to launch the first of a series of Skynet 4 military communications satellites from the Space Shuttle. Richard, then a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army, was selected as back up to Squadron Leader Nigel Wood for a Shuttle mission in 1986, sadly cancelled following the Challenger disaster. After returning to command a Royal Signals regiment in Germany, he retired from the Army to join the UK space industry, starting with British Aerospace Space Systems in Bristol and subsequently Matra Marconi Space, and Astrium in Stevenage. Richard was a leading member of the Paradigm team that won the UK Ministry of Defence Skynet 5 Private Finance Initiative contract. Following retirement in 2010, he has completed a Masters degree at King’s College London in World History and Cultures. His dissertation was the HIstory of UK and Human Space Flight and this was subsequently published He is now pursuing a PhD, again at King’s College London, on Field Marshal Lord Birdwood, a distinguished Indian Army officer who commanded the Australian Forces in the First World War.
Business development Director (Space) - Airbus Defence and Space
Richard is Strategy and Business Development Director for the UK space activities of Airbus Defence and Space. He has worked in the aerospace sector for the last 30 years in a range of engineering & management positions. Richard is a member of the UK Space Leadership Council & has been chairman of UKspace, VP Space for the industry association ADS, a founding director of ISIC & served on UK Trade & Investment advisory boards. Richard holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Management, is a chartered engineer, member of the IET and fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.
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President, Systems Division - COM DEV International
Rob is passionate about the Space Industry and the potential it has to address global challenges such as climate change and inequality.
In his 30-year experience in the space industry, he has created two highly successful space spin-outs from larger companies before joining COM DEV in 2009 as Managing Director of their UK facility based in Aylesbury.
Since November 2013, Rob’s has been President of COM DEV's Systems Division which includes responsibility for two facilities in the UK, plus two facilities in Canada that service institutional customers within Canada.
Rob was also a key member of the working groups that helped establish the original strategy for ISIC at Harwell and developed the UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy.
Although COM DEV has been active in the UK since 1985, it has been pursuing an aggressive growth strategy for the past few years and recognises the ambition of the UK government to support export-led businesses. Rob has been leading COM DEV's UK growth initiative which included the acquisition of MESL Microwave Ltd which was completed in January 2015.
Rob also is a non-executive director of the Churchwood Trust group of companies, which includes TK Instruments, which supplies terahertz optical instrumentation and recently won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
Robert Waters joined the UK Space Agency as Head of Industrial Strategy in 2011. Prior to that he co-led the Space Innovation and Growth team which published the Space IGS report in 2010. His previous career has included an industrial secondment to Agusta Westland and he led the Aerospace Forecasting team and Defence Industrial team in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). He has a degree in aeronautical engineering and an MSC in aerospace vehicle design. He is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Roger leads the Satellite Applications Group at the Met Office, developing the use of satellite data for assimilation into NWP models and imagery for forecasting, and promoting the use of satellites for climate research.
Sara Parker is the CBI’s chief membership director and has responsibility for the CBI’s member relations function across the UK.
This responsibility involves a role on the senior management team responsible for leading the CBI’s membership activities and growth strategy.
Prior to this, Sara had been the CBI’s director for member relations and London since November 2010, which involved running the member relationship function for all CBI members based in the South East regions and representing the London business community on key policy issues.
Simon Acland is Chief Investment Officer of the Imprimatur Space Fund. He spent much of his 30 years in venture capital at Quester, which he helped to build into one of the UK’s most active early stage technology investors. Seven of the companies that he has backed achieved public listings on the London Stock Exchange, AIM, Nasdaq and Easdaq, including two companies which reached the FTSE 250; many others have been successfully sold. Since Quester’s sale in 2007, Simon has been an active business angel investor and currently chairs two start-ups. He sits on the board of two Triple Point VCTs which invest primarily in renewable energy and is a member of the investment committee of the British Business Bank’s Angel CoFund. His book Angels, Dragons and Vultures – how to tame your investors…and not lose your company is regarded as one of the most helpful guides for entrepreneurs to the venture capital world.
Simon is Innovation Director of SETsquared, the award-winning enterprise partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. He is also Director of the University of Bath Innovation Centre (www.ubic.org.uk) which helps accelerate the growth of technology-based companies both from the University's research base and from the private sector and has founded a portfolio of networks to support business innovation - these include Silicon South West, Low Carbon South West, the open Mobile Innovation Camp, and the Assisted Living Action Network. He is a Director of the UK Electronics Alliance, ESCO.
Simon leads the Bath Entrepreneurship Programme business plan training course which is based on the practical experience and track record of SETsquared and the Innovation Centre.
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Simonetta Di Pippo
Director - United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
Simonetta Di Pippo is the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. Her experience includes serving as Director of the Observation of the Universe at Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) (2002-2008) and Director of Human Spaceflight of the European Space Agency (ESA) (2008-2011). Prior to her appointment at UNOOSA in March 2014, she was Head of the European Space Policy Observatory at ASI Brussels.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Astrophysics and Space Physics, and an Honoris Causa degree in Environmental Studies. Ms. Di Pippo was knighted by the President of the Italian Republic in 2006. In 2008, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) named asteroid 21887 “Dipippo”.
Stephanie Stafford is a Business Growth Manager for the Business Growth Service, a government backed service which provides expert, tailored and on-going support to businesses in England with the potential to improve and grow. The service will help businesses across a wide variety of sectors get the advice they need to achieve their business goals.
Stephanie's role is to ensure that businesses with growth potential in the North West benefit from the service and that it delivers bespoke solutions to support its full growth potential.
Stuart was appointed CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult in January 2013. Prior to this, he was a partner at Logica (now CGI), where he was responsible for the worldwide space business. He also held the position of Vice Chair of UK Space, was a member of the council of Eurospace, as well as being chair of UK judges for the annual European Satellite Navigation Competition. He is currently a member of the Space Leadership Council. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Physics.
Space Specialist - UK Trade & Investment Innovation Gateway
Terry is the Space Specialist for the UK Trade and Investment Innovation Gateway team. He was previously the Project Director for the UK Space Innovation and Growth Plan. Before this he spent over 35 years in the Space industry in a variety of Design, Manufacturing and Project management roles culminating as Director and VP for Astrium (now Airbus) during 2000-2009. He has significant international experience running teams in France, Germany, Spain and the UK as well as exporting worldwide.
Tim is based at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. He is currently training for his Principia mission, a long-duration flight to the International Space Station, to be launched at the end of November 2015. He will be the first British ESA astronaut to visit the Space Station. Until his assignment was announced in 2013, Tim was Lead Eurocom for Luca Parmitano’s six-month Volare mission that started in May of that year.
Tim Sherwood was appointed Chairman of the Satellite Applications Catapult in October 2012.
Previously, he was an Army Officer for three years after which he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked for ICI and KPMG. This was followed by a 13 year career at Vodafone in a number of roles, culminating in that of Business Development Director.
Tim has also held non-executive director roles at Redstone Plc, the Hospedia and CVLV groups and, until October 2014, at Heatherwood & Wexham Park NHS Foundation Trust where he was also Chair of its Audit & Risk Committee. Tim is a trustee of the Sandhurst Trust.
Science and Technology Journalist - BBC Radio 4
14 July 2015
Battle of Ideas – Will the Internet of Things Set Us Free?
Since winning the 1997 Independent newspaper column-writing competition with a short piece on goat-borrowing, Timandra has written for newspapers and magazines including the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Independent, spiked, WIRED, & BBC Focus.
She contributes to radio programmes including BBC Radio 4 psychology series The Human Zoo. She also presented Radio 4 documentaries The Singularity; Data, Data Everywhere, and Personality Politics. Timandra also writes and performs comedy on science & engineering themes, and is currently touring BrainSex, a solo show about brain science and gender.
Responsive Space Program Manager, Advanced Programs - Lockheed Martin
Mr. Slater Voorhees is the Manager of the Responsive Space programs and technology development efforts for Lockheed Martin, primarily focused on the development of next generation affordable, responsive, launch systems and the associated enabling technologies. Since joining Lockheed Martin in 1997, Mr. Voorhees has held progressively more responsible positions from Atlas V airborne hardware design to Reusable Launch Vehicle system design and technology maturation.