18th Appleton Space Conference
07 Oct 2022



This major space conference on Thursday 1st December 2022 celebrates the latest advancements in space science, Earth observation and technology development.

​Stephan’s Quintet taken by the MIRI instrument on board the James Webb Space Telescope

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Stephan’s Quintet taken by the MIRI instrument on board the James Webb Space Telescope

Credit: ESA/NASA

The first in-person Appleton Space Conference in two years​ updated delegates on the latest research, science and technology developments and provided opportunity to discuss the issues facing the space sector.

​​All the speakers' presentations are available to view below. Each of the talks is also available on our Appleton Space Conference 2022 playlist​ on YouTube.​

Meet the Speakers


Welcome to the 18th Appleton Space Conference

Dr Sarah Beardsley, Director STFC RAL Space

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Implementing the National Space Strategy

Rebecca Evernden, Director of Space, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Space is a team sport

Paul Bate, Chief Executive Officer, UK Space Agency

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​ESA’s Council of Ministers 2022 and the future of Europe’s exploration Programme Terrae Novae

Dr David Parker, Director of Human and Robotic Exploration, European Space Agency

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Gaia: Mapping the Milky Way in 3-D

Dr Nicholas Walton, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

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Solving the space skills gap

Joseph Dudley, Director, Space Skills Alliance

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10 years engaging, informing and connecting a generation of innovators at Stemettes, in 10 words!

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Co-Founder, Stemettes

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​UK Space – Inspiration and Opportunity for all young people

Dr Emma Egging, Chief Executive Officer, Jon Egging Trust

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Highlight on STFC Skills Factory and skills opportunities

Morgan Sagar, 4th Year Apprentice, STFC Apprentice Scheme

Hannah Bilby, STFC Graduate Training Scheme

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Coordinated Ionospheric Reconstruction Cubesat Experiment (CIRCE)

Dr Gemma Attrill, Lead Scientist and Chief Space Weather, Space Systems Programme, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

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MDA: Innovating to stimulate and empower the future Earth and Space economy

Anita Bernie, Managing Director, MDA UK

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Quantum communications at all distance scales, but especially the largest ones

Prof Timothy P. Spiller, Director, EPSRC Quantum Communications Hub

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Small Satellite Constellations for Earth Observation

Mohammed Belal, Spire Global

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Beyond New Space

Dr Nick Appleyard, Head of Downstream Applications, European Space Agency, ECSAT

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CubeMAP: Pioneering climate missions from cubesat platforms

Dr Damien Weidmann, Head of Spectroscopy Group, STFC RAL Space

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​Panel discussion: Unlocking Private Investment from Science and Technology

Chair – Rob Elliott, Head of Business Development, STFC RAL Space

Stuart Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Satellite Applications Catapult

Dr Andy Muir, Investment Director, Future Planet Capital

Dr Barbara Ghinelli, Director, Innovation Clusters and Harwell Campus

Hitesh Thakrar, STFC Council 

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18th Appleton Keynote Lecture

The JWST Mission and First Science

Prof Gillian Wright MBE, FRSE, European Principal Investigator MIRI and Director UK ATC

 Conference Programme

For more information please contact: RAL S​pace Events