13th Appleton Space Conference
07 Dec 2017



The 13th Appleton Space Conference took place at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on Thursday 7th December 2017.


​​​​​​​​​​​​R100 space test facility

Credit: STFC RAL Space

The annual conference gave leading figures from within the Space sector, the opportunity to meet and discuss the latest developments on a range of current and future Space activities.

​Please click he​​re for a ​print​able vers​ion of the programme. ​​

Speakers and their presentations:​

​​Keynote speech by Dame Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist, Met Office (retired),​ A 10-Year Vision for Cli​mate Science and the Role of Earth Observation    

Welco​​me​ by Dr Chris Mutlow, Director STFC RAL Space

Dr Chris Mutlow presents ‘Sun-spiral’ picture to keynote speaker Dame Julia Slingo. The picture was created by a RAL Space Project Scientist and shows daylight hours recorded at NERC MST Radar at Aberystwyth.​

​​Putting Space at the Heart of the Industrial Strategy 
Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive, UK Space Agency  ​​

Satellite Observations for Sustainability and Climate Resilience
Prof Stephen Briggs, Senior Adviser, ESA and Chair, Global Climate Observing System

Harwell Space Cluster: Building on the Success Story  
Dr Joanna Hart, Development Manager, Harwell Space Cluster

Innovation at the Harwell Space Cluster
Paul Febvre, Chief Technology Officer, Satellite Applications Catapult

Commercialising Space Technology Through Start-ups at the ESA BIC Harwell​
Dr Sue O'Hare, Operations Manager, ESA Business Incubation Centre 

Future Large Space Telescopes: Answering th​e
“Are we alon​e?"​​​

Prof Martin Barstow, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Strategic Science Projects and Director, Instit​ute of Space and Earth Observation, University of Leicester ​

Stimulating Applications of Earth Observation  
Jon Blower, ​Chief Technology Officer, Institute for Environmental Analytics   

More than Inspiration: How YOU can Support Skills  Development for the ​Sector​​ 
Dr Kierann Shah, General Manager, National Space Academy

ESO's Extremely Large Telescope and the UK ELT Programme
Sandi Wilson, UK ​​ELT Programme Manager, STFC UK ​​​Astronomy Technology Centre 

ARIEL: ESA Cosmic Vision M4 Candidate Mission
Prof Giovanna Tinetti, Physics and Astronomy, University College London - Paul Eccleston, Chief Engineer, STFC RAL Space ​​ 

Emerging Needs and Opportunities for Ocean Remote          Sensi​ng
Dr Christine Gommenginger, Marine Physics and Ocean Climate, National Oceanography Centre

A National Requirement for Space Surveillance and Tracking
Ralph Dinsley, Director, Northern Space and Security Ltd and  Associate, Reflecting Space 

Bringi​ng Space Down to Earth as a Service Utility
Dr Malcolm Macdonald, Reader, University of Strathclyde 

Looking for Life on Mars with the ExoMars 2020 Rover
​Prof Andrew Coates, Deputy Director, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London

Bridging the THz-Gap - The Story of the LOCUS Mission  
Dr Daniel Gerber, Research Scientist, STFC RAL Space

Satellite Video Constellations – Mastering the Fourth Dimension of Earth Observation
Richard Blain, Chief Executive, Earth-i 

For more information please contact: RAL Space Enquiries