This page will be regularly updated. All timings below are provisional and will be confirmed closer to the date of the conference.

You'll get your badge and programme when you arrive. If you're late, it's not a problem, but you must register at reception before attending any talks.


Registration will start at 8:30 Saturday morning and the day will finish at 19:35.

On the Sunday, registration will start at 9:00 and the last session ends at 14:55. The UKSEDS AGM will start immediately afterwards.

More details coming soon!


Handprints on Hubble

Kathryn Sullivan |

Kathryn Sullivan

Kathryn D. Sullivan is a NASA astronaut (retired), former Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and an inductee in the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe. It has, among many other achievements, revealed thousands of galaxies in what seemed to be empty patches of sky; transformed our knowledge of black holes; found dwarf planets with moons orbiting other stars; and measured precisely how fast the universe is expanding. In Handprints on Hubble, retired astronaut Kathryn Sullivan describes her work on the NASA team that made all of this possible. Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, recounts how she and other astronauts, engineers, and scientists launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained Hubble, the most productive observatory ever built.

Asteroseismology with TESS and Kepler: Opening new windows on the interiors of stars

Prof Bill Chaplin | University of Birmingham

Bill Chaplin

Bill Chaplin is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Birmingham, and Deputy Head of its School of Physics and Astronomy. His research is focused on studies of the Sun and stars using their natural oscillations, and he has led large international teams using data from the NASA Kepler and TESS Missions.

I will review some of the latest, exciting results from the NASA TESS Mission, and also discuss the legacy that the NASA Kepler Mission has left us. I will in particular focus on asteroseismology, the study of stars by observation of their natural oscillations, the unique insights Kepler and TESS are giving us on stars, and the natural synergies with studies of exoplanet systems (for which accurate characterisation of the host stars is vital).


Alexandra Stickings | Royal United Services Institute

@Ali_StickingsAlexandra Stickings

Alexandra is a Research Analyst within the National Security and Resilience Studies group at RUSI. Working primarily within the Resilience strand, her research interests include community policing, Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), energy security, climate change, CBRN, cyber security, and space policy and security. She holds an MSc in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck College, University of London, a BA(Hons) in International Studies from the Open University, and a BSc(Hons) in Physics with Astronomy from the University of Nottingham. Prior to joining RUSI she worked in a variety of fields including central and local government, as well as the private sector.


Diversity and Inclusion Panel

Dr Alfredo Carpineti | Pride in STEM

@DrCarpinetiAlfredo Carpineti

Dr. Alfredo Carpineti is an astrophysicist, science communicator, and social activist. He writes for I F*cking Love Science and also runs a podcast & live science show with cocktails on his blog, The Astroholic. He's the chair and founder of Pride in STEM, an award-nominated charity working to raise the profile and showcase the work of LGBTQ+ people working in STEM.

Diversity and Inclusion Panel

Divya Persaud | UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory

@Divya_M_PDivya Persaud

Divya M. Persaud is a planetary scientist, writer, and composer. Divya’s research has spanned mission development and operations; the surfaces and interiors of Mercury, Mars, and the icy moons of Saturn; and asteroids and the meteorites they come from. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Space & Climate Physics at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory, where she is applying 3D image processing, visualization, and analysis to Mars surface geology. Divya is also an active artist; as a published poet she has been invited to read her work internationally, and released an album of her music in 2017.

Diversity and Inclusion Panel

Eleanor Armstrong | University College London

@ellietheelementEleanor Armstrong

Eleanor is a doctoral candidate at UCL studying the representation of space science narratives in London museums. In addition to her research, she develops and delivers tours on queer heritage in STEM at musuems including the Science Museum London, The Whipple Museum for the History of Science and the Sedgwick Earth Sciences Museum. Eleanor also co-chairs Science London, an organisation leading professional development in equity, diversity and inclusion through workshops for scientists and science communicators.

Diversity and Inclusion Panel

Sophia Lee Roberts | UKSEDS

@SophiaLRobertsSophia Lee Roberts

Sophia is a second year Physics and Philosophy undergraduate at King’s College London, and the current UKSEDS (acting) Secretary. She is also an active committee member for the KCL Womxn in Physics Society, a platform to promote an inclusive and supportive environment within their Physics Department, and runs her university’s UKSEDS branch, the King’s College London Space Society.

Sustainability Panel

Portia Bowman | UKSEDS

@portiaspacePortia Bowman

Portia is a Space Systems Engineer who has worked on a variety of programmes since graduating in 2015, from launching cargo to the ISS, to an instrument observing the Earth's climate, to a LIDAR to land on the moon and a Mars Sample Handling Robot. Since working on a project that’s end goals were to observe CO2 emissions, but meetings for the team involved several flights a month, she has been interested in exploring how to make space technology more sustainable.

The Ice Giants

Naomi Rowe-Gurney | University of Leicester

@NRoweGurneyNaomi Rowe-Gurney

Naomi is a PhD student at the University of Leicester, specialising in the atmospheres of the ice giants, Uranus and Neptune. She uses data from the Spitzer Space Telescope to characterise the stratospheres of the two planets in preparation for the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

This talk will take you on a journey to the outer solar-system to discover why Uranus and Neptune are the most exciting destinations for future exploration.