Wednesday 28th of September, The Royal Society, London
National Space Centre
Chas has chaired ASDC for a year. He is Chief Executive of the National Space Centre, Chairman of Leicestershire Promotions Ltd and a non-executive director of the Richard III Visitor Centre. He works regularly with the UK Space Agency on the skills development need in the space industry. He has previously held marketing and operational roles at Madame Tussauds, Rock Circus and Alton Towers.
Education and Skills, UK Space Agency
Jeremy Curtis leads the UK Space Agency's space education
programme, which uses space to inspire interest in STEM subjects as well as
addressing the skills needs of the growing UK space industry. A major current
focus of the programme is the package of education activities in support of Tim
Peake's mission to the ISS. This includes the Destination Space project run by
the ASDC to reach families with young children across the UK.
the ESERO-UK Steering Group and is a member of the steering group of the
National Space Academy. He also chairs the Organising Committee for the UK Space
Conference. He has previously led reviews of UK interests in microgravity and
space exploration and has represented the UK internationally in these areas.
Before that he managed various space projects for STFC's Rutherford Appleton
Laboratory and worked with the Regional Development Agencies on regional
science and technology issues.
Strategy Officer, The Royal Society
Lesley Miles joined the Royal Society as its Chief Strategy
Officer in October 2013. As part of her role, she is responsible for the
Society's public engagement programme including the annual Summer Science
Exhibition. Before joining the Society, she spent seven years as the Marketing
and Communications Director of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and
managed its public marketing and fundraising programmes. Lesley has spent most
of her career working in the private sector including six years as Marketing
Director of Waterstone's Booksellers.
Public Engagement, Wellcome Trust
Imran is Head of Public Engagement at the Wellcome Trust. He leads
the Engaging Science team and the development of Wellcome's strategy for public
engagement. He is also a member of Council at NERC (the UK's leading funder of
environmental science), and a trustee of the international development charity
joining the Wellcome Trust in 2016 Imran served as Chief Executive of the
British Science Association, and before that as the Director of the Campaign
for Science and Engineering (CaSE). He's also worked as a political researcher
in the House of Commons and as a science writer.
studied biology, has a master's degree in Science Communication from Imperial
College, and an MBA from Cass Business School.
Workforce Policy, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Susannah leads on STEM inspiration for the
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. In partnership with
the Wellcome Trust she developed the Inspiring Science Fund. She funds the STEM
Ambassadors Programme, the CREST Awards and is developing the new Polar
Explorer Programme. Susannah has previously worked on streamlining support for
small businesses and on regional policy for a number of years and in different
Development Manager, The Princes Trust
Zaichen is the STEM Development Manager at youth charity The
Prince's Trust, which works across the UK to help disadvantaged young people to
get their lives on track. Zaichen leads on the development and integration of
STEM across The Trust's programmes, to engage and inspire young people through
STEM, helping them to develop essential STEM skills for the future, and
supporting them to move into opportunities within STEM and related sectors.
Prior to The Trust, Zaichen worked in public sector consultancy, with
particular focus on the health and social care sector.
Professor Louise Archer
of Education and Professional Studies, King's College London
Louise Archer is Professor of Sociology of Education at
King's College London. Her research focuses on educational identities and
inequalities in relation to gender, ethnicity and social class. She is director
of the ten year Aspires/Aspires2 project and leads the KCL side of the
Enterprising Science project. She is the Head of the Centre for Research on
Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CRESTEM). Her
latest book ('Understanding Young People's Science Aspirations', 2016, with
Jennifer DeWitt), published by Routledge, is out now.
Dr Penny Fidler
CEO, The UK
Association for Science and Discovery Centres
Dr Penny Fidler is the CEO of The UK Association for Science and
Discovery Centres, a membership organisation bringing together over 60 of the
nation's major science engagement organisations. Together they engage 20
million people across the UK with the wonders of science.
her PhD in neuroscience from Cambridge University and has fourteen years
experience working in the field of science engagement, including setting up a
millennium science centre, running an Exhibitions and Neuroscience Consultancy
and speaking in Parliament on the importance of informal science learning. She
has also founded and directed many national strategic science engagement
Cambridge Science Centre
Cindy Forde is the CEO of Cambridge Science Centre. She has an award-winning career in sustainability and communications working internationally with organisations endeavouring to make positive change. She holds an MSc in Sustainability and Business. She is a sustainability innovator and has spent over fifteen years advancing economic, corporate and educational models that value the world's natural resources as our most important asset. She uses creativity as a catalyst to reconnect and reenergise broken or fragmented systems and to galvanise new approaches to generating prosperity and to problem solving.
She has worked with leaders across sectors including the UN, government, NGOs, finance, business, technology and education. Prior to joining the Cambridge Science Centre, Cindy was Managing Director of the Blue Marine Foundation heading a global team dedicated to protecting and regenerating the world's oceans.