Dr Suzie ImberAssociate Professor of Space Physics, University of Leicester

The National Space Academy Project Scientists are Space industry professionals who help us to provide context to the work we do. They give their time as an in-kind contribution from their organisations.

There are lots of routes into a career in the space sector. Dr Suzie Imber studied maths, physics, chemistry and further maths at A Level before completing an MPhys at Imperial College, London in 2005. Suzie completed her PhD at the University of Leicester in 2008 and is a now an Associate Professor of Space Physics.

Suzie is Co-Investigator on the Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer instrument on board the BepiColombo spacecraft currently heading to Mercury.

Winner of the BBC series Astronauts: Do you have what it takes

At the office
Suzie's primary research area is space weather; understanding the interaction between the sun and the planets. Suzie specialises in studying the inner planets of our solar system.

Away from the office
Suzie is a high-altitude mountaineer.
"I have used the University supercomputer to find previously unidentified mountains, and then over the last few years I have launched many expeditions to climb them - setting new routes up unclimbed mountains in the Andes!"

We asked Suzie...

Given the chance, would you go to space?
Oh yes!

What's the best thing about science?
Collaborating with colleagues all over the world to make new discoveries about the structure, evolution and dynamics of the planets!

What's the best thing about being a Project Scientist with the National Space Academy?
Being part of an enthusiastic team working to encourage the next generation of scientists!

You can find out more about Suzie here.