Early Careers Conference 2021: Environments
28 Sep 2021



The first virtual RAL Space Early Careers Conference took place on Wednesday 1st December 13:00 - 18:00, featuring inspiring speakers and highlighting early careers opportunities in the space sector.

Early careers people working in RAL Space labs, clean rooms, test facilities and offices and at observatories abroad.

​​​​​​​​​​Ear​ly careers people working across RAL Space labs, offices, clean rooms, space test facilities and in the field at observatories.

Credit: STFC RAL Space, Phil Perillat/Arecibo Observatory

​​This inclusive and diverse event covered an extensive range of topics around the theme of Environments: monitoring the Earth's environment from space, understanding the existing impact of space systems on our environment, and simulating space environments and impacts.

The conference programme included speakers from RAL Space and the wider space c​om​munity, a keynote address, panel discussions and networking opportunities.

We were pleased to run this event alongside the 17th Appleton Space Conference​, which took place on Thursday 2nd December.

Watch the recordings from the Early Careers Conference​.


Environments Keynote Address: Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, BBC Sky At Night presenter and STFC Council Member, "Reaching for the stars"

James Carpenter, Project Scientist on ESA's Lunar Exploration Team, "Lunar exploration in ESA"

Samuel Payler, Research Fellow at the European Astronaut Centre, “Preparing for space exploration using natural analogue environments"

Karen Olsson-Francis, Director of AstrobiologyOU at the Open University, “Life at the limits"

Jennifer Kingston, Centre for Autonomous and Cyberphysical Systems Cranfield University, “Space debris mitigation activities at Cranfield University"

Hugh Mortimer, Earth Observation and Atmospheric Science Division, STFC RAL Space, “Saving the Earth from space"

Max Rippington and Conor Sandiford, Environmental Test Division Dynamics Group, STFC RAL Space, “The STFC Apprentice Scheme"

Andrew Wolahan, Systems Engineer for Clean Space in ESA's Concurrent Design Facility, "Clean Space: ESA's solution for a sustainable space sector​"​

Who can attend?

This event is intended for anybody interested in space sector opportunities, in particular those in the early stages of their career: apprentices, undergraduates, graduates, Master's students, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and more.​

​For more information please contact: RAL S​pace Events