21 January 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UKSEDS National Student Space Conference 2014
1-2 March 2014, University of Leicester
2nd Media Announcement
The 26th Annual UKSEDS National Student Space Conference will be held on the weekend of 1-2 March 2014, and hosted by Leicester AstRoSoc at the University of Leicester.
UKSEDS are pleased to announce registration is now open. Please note that early-bird tickets are available for a short time only until the end of January. Details of available travel and accommodation can be found at ukseds.org/nssc2014. Special discount accommodation rates have been kindly offered via Go Leicestershire and this should be booked before 12th February. Limited travel subsidies are available (10 – 50%) are available for UKSEDS members and branch groups travelling more than 150 miles, and attending both days of the conference. Interested groups should get in contact with us.
We are happy to announce that Reaction Engines Ltd. will be a Gold sponsor, and will be represented by Richard Varvill, Technical Director, as well as a number of other Reaction Engines staff.
There will also be a wide range of speakers including: David Ault (Big Bang Fairs), David Johnson (AMSAT-UK), Chad Anderson (Space Angels Network), Prof. Richard Brown (Centre for Future Air-Space Transportation Technology, University of Strathclyde) and Steve Leach (University of Leicester) along with many other prominent space organisations.
On the evening of the 1st March (Saturday), there will be a networking reception kindly sponsored by Reaction Engines Ltd, which will provide attendees with an excellent opportunity to network with the exhibitors in a more informal atmosphere – refreshments will be provided. This will be followed by an evening social event at the University of Leicester, which includes a hot buffet and bar.
On the 2nd (Sunday) we will hold our Annual General Meeting at which the UKSEDS committee will present its report for the year, and members will be able to stand for election to the committee. Details of this will be available on our website shortly.
The conference is made possible by the kind sponsorship of Reaction Engines Ltd., HE Space, UK Space Agency, Printech Circuit Laboratories, Serco Group, AstroGnome, International Space University, RAL Space, and Avanti, and the support of the British Interplanetary Society, University of Leicester AstroSoc, Leicester Astronomical Society, the University of Leicester Department of Physics and Astronomy, the ESA Education Office, ESERO-UK, and EUROAVIA.
If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring contact:
Zoë Versey, Conference Co-ordinator [email protected]
NOTES FOR EDITORS
ABOUT THE UK NATIONAL STUDENT SPACE CONFERENCE (NSSC)
The National Student Space Conference brings together students, academics, and professionals from across the country to share knowledge of space, discuss the challenges facing the sector, and to create new links between groups. It features talks by leading space science and industry figures, a careers fair, and opportunities to take part in discussions and networking events.
UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UKSEDS) is the UK’s national student space society. We support students and enthusiasts across the country by running space projects, hosting conferences and workshops, and doing outreach to inspire and educate. We’re keen to build links between different parts of the space community, and to promote space beyond that.
UKSEDS, formed in 1988, is the UK chapter of SEDS, the world’s largest space enthusiast organisation for both school and university students. SEDS was founded in 1980 by students at MIT and Princeton University and now has more than 60 chapters worldwide.
AstRoSoc Leicester is a society dedicated to providing activities related to astronomy, space and rocketry to interested students. We hold regular stargazing events at the University observatory, rocketry related events and socials such as bar crawls, pub quizzes and a trip to London.
We are also a branch of UKSEDS (UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) – an organisation that offers national workshops and events for our members.
This press release can be downloaded from here.