The UK Space Industry has a total income of £14.8 billion and employs close to 42,000 people. The UK currently makes up 5.1% of the global space economy (2016/17) and the government aims to increase this to 8% by 2020, and 10% by 2030. You can see the current report on

Our careers events provide opportunities for students to meet people working in the space sector; from scientists to space engineers; astronomers to astrophysicists. We have connections with companies like Airbus, Rolls Royce, the RAF, Satellite Applications Catapult and leading universities across the UK who send representatives to discuss all things space science with young people attending our careers events.

There are many paths to a career in the space sector, and many options once you get there. We take a closer look at some of these options and provide opportunity for discussion; so that students are able to explore where Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths might take them. 

***Coronavirus Update***

We have taken the decision not to run any of our Careers Conferences in person for the rest of 2020. We are currently working on an online alternative for the Year 12 Careers Conference that normally takes place in November. Join our mailing list to make sure you recieve our newsletter which will include information on how to take part in this, or check out our careers links to start researching opportunities for young people.

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Keynote Speakers

The National Space Academy has welcomed numerous guest speakers to our Career Conferences. They provide students with insight, inspiration and information on possible careers in an exciting and dynamic sector.

  • Dr Brooke Simmons

    Dr Brooke SimmonsCitizen Science and the Zooniverse

    Galaxy Zoo Project Scientist, University of Oxford

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  • Dr Chris North

    Dr Chris NorthGravitational Waves 

    Dr Chris North is a physicist and astronomy at Cardiff University. In this keynote talk, Chris discusses what gravitational waves are, and how they are detected by experiments such as LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory).

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  • Matt Cosby

    Matt CosbyExoMars UHF Transceiver Project

    Chief Communications Engineer for the QinetiQ UK Space Business

    Matt is the technical leadership of the planetary communications team. He also acts as QinetiQ's technical lead and system engineer for the ExoMars UHF transceiver project.

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See more previous Keynote Speakers

 Industry links

We are supported by universities, organisations and research groups, who attend our events to speak to students about the sectors they work in. Information about many of these can be found on our funders, supporters and partners page

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