National Student Space Conference 2019


The 31st annual UKSEDS National Student Space Conference will be held in Scotland for the first time at the University of Edinburgh on the 2nd and 3rd of March 2019.

The UKSEDS National Student Space Conference is the premier event for space students, bringing together students, academics, and professionals from across the country to discuss a variety of space activities in the UK and beyond. There will be talks from many leading space industry figures, a careers fair for students, and networking opportunities for all in attendance.

The conference is run and organised by UKSEDS, the UK’s student space society, which unites space-enthusiasts at universities across the country. Since the first conference in 1989, over 15 different UKSEDS branches have acted as hosts. This year the conference comes to Scotland for the first time, hosted by Edinburgh University’s Physics and Astronomy Society.

Speakers include Dr Christophe Lasseur, head of the MELiSSA ISS life-support system at ESA, Carol Monaghan, Member of Parliament for Glasgow North West and Member of the Science and Technology Select committee; Professor Charles Cockell, Director of the UK Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh; Roy Kirk, Director of Sutherland Spaceport; and Dr Karen Haughian a researcher at the University of Glasgow working on the LIGO gravitational waves mission.

Lewis Lappin, the conference’s local coordinator and Past-President of Edinburgh University Physics and Astronomy Society, said “I am really excited to be bringing the National Student Space Conference to Edinburgh. With a booming industry and plenty of world class research right on our door steps, it is an amazing time to be interested in the space industry. I hope this event will help inspire and educate fellow students about the careers opportunities in the space sector.”

UK companies are at the forefront of the small satellite industry, as experts in providing satellite components and systems, as well as complete satellites. Following the recent announcement that Sutherland, on the northern tip of Scotland, will soon host the first UK vertical launch site, the timing and location of the conference are perfectly aligned for discussions about the future of space launches in the UK.

Dr Ciara McGrath, a Research Associate at the University of Strathclyde, host of the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, said “It’s brilliant to see the NSSC come to Scotland where the space sector is thriving! I hope the students take inspiration from the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that’s driving the fast-growing Scottish space industry.”

This year’s sponsors include Leonardo, an international leader in space systems and technology, Skyrora, a space launch vehicle company headquartered in Edinburgh,

aerospace giant, Lockheed Martin, and Airbus, the largest space company in Europe. Additional supporters include HE Space, the Satellite Applications Catapult, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Astronomical Society, the International Space University, Innovate UK, the University of Edinburgh, the British Interplanetary Society, and the UK Space Agency.

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Notes for Editors

UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UKSEDS) is the UK’s national student space society. For over 30 years we have been supporting students and young professionals across the country by running events, providing resources, and teaching them new skills. Its alumni work throughout the global space sector in government, industry, and academia.

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