The conference will run from 9am to 7pm on Saturday 5 March, and 9.20am to 5pm on Sunday 6th March.

Please note that this programme is the expected running order of the event, but it is subject to change without notice.

See the speakers page for a list of speakers. They will be added to programme schedule closer to the event.

If you expect to arrive late, this is not a problem, but you must register at reception before attending any talks.

Saturday 5th March

08:30 Doors Open

09:00 Welcome and Opening

Prof. Mark McCaughrean

European Space Agency

10:20 Break

10:55 Sponsor: Thales Alenia Space Sponsor: HE Space Break

11:05 Jeremy Nickless
Reaction Engines
Michele Dougherty
Imperial College

11:30 Break Ian Lisk
Met Office
Beth Healey

12:05 Hugo Williams
U. Leicester
Meghan Gray
U. Nottingham

12:40 Nick Howland
Jonathan Nichols
U. Leicester
Clara Sousa-Silva

13:15 Lunch

14:25 Airbus Presentation Competition Simon Goodwin
U. Sheffield

15:00 Peter Aspden
Airbus D&S

15:35 Break

16:10 Airbus Presentation Competition Leigh Fletcher
U. Leicester

16:45 Libby Jackson
UK Space Agency

17:20 Networking Reception
kindly sponsored by EUMETSAT
  19:00 Day Ends
  19:00 Social
(separate ticket)


Sunday 6th March

09:00 Doors Open

09:20 Panel: The Future of the UK Space Industry

10:30 Break

11:05 Student Projects: Building Rockets and Radio Telescopes Ask a...

12:15 Lunch

13:25 Discussion: Developing the Space Skills Pipeline

14:35 UKSEDS Annual General Meeting
  17:00 Day Ends


Panel: The Future of the UK Space Industry

The UK’s space sector has doubled in size over the past ten years, employing an additional 20,000 people in roles that have never existed before. It is expected to double again in the next decade and the one after that. Whole new markets are being created as space data is integrated into to ever more parts of infrastructure and daily life. What will the space industry of the future look like? Will the needs of the sector change? Will we be more/less involved with Europe, and how might leaving the EU affect that? If Skylon and spaceports become a reality, will there be daily launches from the UK for tourism, science, and commerce?

The panel will be Dr Stuart Eves (Surrey Satellite Technologies Ltd), Dr Craig Brown (Innovate UK), Dr Kathie Bowden (UK Space Agency/Institute for Environmental Analytics), and Jeremy Nickless (Reaction Engines).

Student Projects: Rockets, Radio Telescopes, and Weather Balloons

Students all over the world are carrying out amazing projects from designing rockets to building radio telescopes and launching high altitude balloons. They're a great opportunity to learn valuable skills and make something awesome. This is your chance to hear about some of the most interesting projects going on at the moment and find out how you can set your own up.

  • Teejay Taiwo from Imperial College SEDS will be talking about their project to build a 1.3kN hybrid rocket engine from scratch.
  • Ryan Bradley-Evans will be talking about Leicester AstRoSoc's Project Aether, a series of high altitude weather balloons which will measure the vertical distribution of pollutants and correlate this with weather patterns. Other speakers will be confirmed shortly.
  • Hannah Osborne from Space:Exe will be talking about the Exeter Radio Telescope at Caradon (XRT-C), which when completed will observe star formation in the Milky-way and bright radio sources from the early universe.

Ask Me Anything

Not sure what to do with your future? Wondering whether to do a Master's or a PhD, or apply for a graduate scheme? Worried your CV might not be up to scratch? Get some advice from people who have been through it all.

  • Portia Bowman (23) did Master's in Space Exploration Systems at the University of Leicester before joining Thales Alenia Space as a graduate systems engineer.
  • Daniel Erkel (28) got two degrees and then did a Master's in Astronautics and Space Engineering at Cranfield University and has just started on Airbus Defence and Space's graduate programme.
  • Robert Garner (24) is in his second year of a PhD at the Centre for Future Air-Space Transportation Technology (cFASTT) at the University of Strathclyde.
  • Elisabeth Matthews (23) is in her second year of an Astrophysics PhD on observing exoplanets at the University of Exeter.

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Discussion: Developing the Space Skills Pipeline

The UK’s space industry is growing fast, with thousands of new jobs being created every year. Reports by the UK Space Agency, the National Space Academy, and Parliament have all noted that this vital growth is being held back by a lack of qualified graduates and technicians. Many new initiatives have been developed to improve the skills pipeline and remove bottlenecks. These schemes are maturing and it is time to look at how they can be improved and expanded. This session will be the first of its kind to involve students in the discussion, giving attendees a chance to directly influence the thinking of those shaping policy in industry and government.

The panel will be Dr Kierann Shah (National Space Academy), Emily Tipper (Airbus Defence & Space), James Penson (CGI), Andrew Bacon (Thales Alenia Space UK), and Joseph Dudley (UKSEDS/

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