The UK Space Industry has an annual turnover of £11bn and employs close to 35,000 people. It is a very healthy sector with projected growth to £14bn by 2020. In order to meet this growth target the industry needs young people to choose science and engineering options and decide to work in this area. The variety of jobs available within the space industry is vast and many companies work on international projects highlighting the importance of collaboration.
The National Space Academy organises a number of careers events focused on the UK Space Industry throughout the year to showcase the companies, institutions and careers pathways available to young people.
Information about the companies who have presented at our careers events in the past can be found on the industry links page.
The National Space Academy has welcomed numerous guest speakers to all our Career Conferences. They have provided students with insight, inspiration and information on possible careers in an exciting and dynamic sector. Please see the information below for further details about past and regular guest speakers.
Previous Keynote Speakers
Professor Giovanna Tinetti
Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University College London (UCL)
Exoplanets Research GroupRead more...
Dr Sarah RobertsRead more...
Dr Andrew PontzenRead more...
Regular Session Speakers
The National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) is a distibuted National Environment Research Council (NERC) centre for over 80 scientists from UK Universities and research organisations. NCEO provides NERC with National Capability in Earth Observation (EO) science and incorporates world- class capabilities in interpretive EO. Read more...
RAL Space, based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, has been involved with over 200 space missions. Read more...
Airbus Defence and Space - Geo Intelligence
Airbus Defence and Space Geo-Intelligence programme is committed to the purpose to make Earth-observation images and geo-information available for worthy causes such as natural and man-made disasters, humanitarian missions, global surveillance of the environment, international security and peacekeeping, education and research. They are the world leaders in the design and manufacture of satellite systems. Read more...