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What’s space science got to do with protecting planet Earth?

EarthOr, 5 sustainable development goals supported by space science and technology
Dr Kierann Shah - General Manager and Kersti Fourcin - Communucations and Marketing Manager

Monday 11th February marks the United Nations' International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This year the UN have chosen to focus on an Investment in Women and Girls for Inclusive Green Growth. This is part of their drive towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a proposed blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. So what have they got to do with space? The space stories that make the headlines are usually about exploration or outer space, but some of the most powerful daily impacts of space science are about improving life on Earth.

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Chemistry at work - “Now I know I want to be a scientist.”

Royal Society of Chemistry logoChemistry plays an important role in the Space Sector. On Tuesday 20th November we held a 'Chemistry at work' event here at the National Space Centre. Year 9 students from different schools joined scientists to learn how studying chemistry can lead to a career in the space sector.

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Leicester selected as hosts for European Space Agency's 3rd Symposium on Space Education Activities

logo esaThe University of Leicester, National Space Academy and UK Students for the Development and Exploration of Space (UKSEDS) are delighted to announce that the European Space Agency's (ESA) Education Office have chosen Leicester to host the 3rd Symposium on Space Educational Activities. The symposium will take place from 16th - 18th September 2019 at the Stamford Court Conference Centre.

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Celebrating ten years of science education and inspiration using the context of space

National Space Academy - we are 10!

Since launching in 2008 we've engaged with more than 50,000 students, nearly 6000 teachers and hundreds of industry professionals. We started in Leicester and now deliver all over the UK thanks to our amazing team of Lead Educators and Project Scientists. Not only that, but we've developed our relationships internationally too. We've worked closely with the European Space Agency and UK Space Agency. Education experiments we designed together were conducted on board the International Space Station, and we're working to support space education development in China, the UAE and Malaysia. This is just the beginning!

We wanted to thank everyone who has been involved in our journey so far, and share our exciting plans for the future with new friends.

 

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Space Science Summer School with University of Leicester

Outside ESA at Harwell Campus

This August we hosted a Space Science Summer School with the University of Leicester for students from Beihang University.

During the two week summer school students took part in Masterclasses at the National Space Centre, heard from experts at the Unviersity of Leicester and visited the leading science, innovation, technology and business campus; Harwell Campus.

 

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"Science has no borders" - Space Summer School in Beijing

Beijing Space Summer School July - Watching rockets

Some of the team flew out to Beijing on 21st July to deliver space science education to 70 students aged 12 - 17 and their teachers from all over China.

 

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General Manager, Dr. Kierann Shah, wins Services to Science and Technology Award 2018

Winner Logo - English Womens Awards 2018-01

Dr. Kierann Shah has won the award for Services to Science and Technology at the English Women's Awards 2018.

The English Women Awards 2018 were developed by Creative Oceanic to showcase the contribution of women to many industries and professions such as Law, Medicine, Technology, Arts and many more. Kierann's work, and the work of the National Space Academy team, contributes to science education across the globe.

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Year 10 talk to The Head of Space Engineering and Technology at RAL Space

Dr Sarah BeardsleyDr Sarah Beardsley is Head of Space Engineering and Technology at RAL Space.

RAL Space (the space research group at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) is home to world class space research and technology development with involvement in over 210 space missions! Sarah leads a team of 50 scientists, engineers and managers who design, build and test instruments that go into or look out at space.

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PPG announce continuation of bursary programme

PPG masterclassDuring British Science and Engineering week in March PPG announced that it will continue its partnership with the National Space Academy to inspire young people to pursue STEM and space-sector careers by offering full funding for chemistry masterclasses throughout 2018.

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European Space Agency appointment for National Space Academy Director

Anu OjhaThe National Space Academy's Director, Professor Anu Ojha OBE, has been appointed to the senior advisory committee on Human Spaceflight and Exploration at the European Space Agency (ESA).

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