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Fourth UK Space Education Symposium.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 May 2010 19:46
Published on Thursday, 24 February 2005 00:00

As a grand finale to the events of World Space Week in the UK (4 - 13 October), the Space Education Council is holding its Fourth Annual Space Education Symposium. 



The Symposium, which is open to members of the media and anyone interested in the field of space education, of space education, will take place at 28 Portland Place, London W1 on Saturday, 13 October between 10 am and 4 pm.

The aim of the event is to keep teachers, students, lecturers and other space education providers abreast of the latest developments in the field. The programme includes presentations by 10 leading experts who will speak about different aspects of space education.


10:00 Registration and coffee.

10:30 Dr. Chris Welch (Kingston University): Introduction.

10:40 Martin Suggett Lecture: "The Making of 'Space'".  Richard Burke-Ward (Producer of the BBC TV series "Space"): The making of these highly successful programmes.

11:10 Chris Barber (International Space School Educational Trust): The programme and activities of the Trust.

11:30 Dr. Christopher Taylor (Hanwell Community Observatory): The history, progress and current status of this groundbreaking project.

11:50 Andrew Woodcock (United Kingdom Students for the Exploration and Development of Space): UKSEDS activities.

12:10 Alex Gibson: The European Space Camp for young scientists (17 - 20 years old) at the Andoya Rocket Range in Norway.

12:30 Valerie Hood (Director General of EURISY - The European Association for the International Space Year): The organisation's educational activities across Europe.

12: 50 LUNCH

14:20 Dr. Sarah Dunkin (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory): The "Mars in the Classroom" project.

14:40 Jo Northway and Matt Fox (Spacefund): An interactive tour of the Solar System for primary schools.

15:00 Will Clarkson (University of Southampton): The NASA-JPL Solar System Ambassadors volunteer outreach programme.

15:20 Felicity Holland and Dr. Chris Welch (Kingston University): Yuri's Night - A global celebration of the 40th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight (12 April 1961).

15:50 Close.

16:00 TEA


The Space Education Council is the UK co-ordinating body for World Space Week.

The United Nations General Assembly decided that the annual World Space Week should begin on the anniversary of launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, on 4 October 1957. The week usually finishes on the anniversary of the Treaty on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space entering into force (10 October 1967).

As part of a global effort to amaze, astound, inspire and encourage people to learn, think, and talk about space, science and technology, the SEC organises an annual programme of events in the UK during World Space Week.

Apart from the Space Education Symposium, this year's events included: · A "Space is Ace" teachers' online project (4 - 10 October). · A lecture by Professor David Southwood, the European Space Agency's Science Director, on "European Space Science - Perspectives for the Future" (4 October). · A satellite building competition, organised by QinetiQ (formerly the Defence Evaluation Research Agency) (6 October).  · An "Exploring Space Day" at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (9 October) · A lecture by Professor Martin Sweeting on "Micro/Nanosatellites: A Brave New World" (10 October). · A "Kids in Space" show, presented by Spacefund at Great Ormond Street Hospital (12 October).

The Fourth UK Space Education Symposium is sponsored by the British National Space Centre.


Sue Moller, Space Education Council, 6 Borough Road, Kingston upon Thames Surrey KT2 6BD  Tel/Fax: +44 (0)208-974-8006 Mobile: (0)7764-784531 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or refer to the SEC web site at:


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