Early Careers Conference 2022: Space skills
28 Oct 2022



The second RAL Space Early Careers Conference took place on Wednesday 30th November, highlighting a range of pathways into, and careers within, the space sector.

Young people sat in offices and stood in laboratories working on space projects.

​​​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
Watch the live replay of the event.

For the second year running the RAL Space Early Careers Conference brings together current space industry members including research scientists and engineers to share their experiences with those interested in space career.

This inclusive virtual conference aims to demonstrate and promote skills and highlight early career opportunities at RAL Space, STFC, and across the wider space industry, through exciting talks and a panel discussion with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

The event ran alongside the 18th Appleton Space Conference​ and key points and outcomes from the Early Careers Conference were shared with the Appleton delegates during the programme on Thursday 1st December.


Speakers from across the space sector shared stories of their different career paths, what projects they work on, and what a day in the life looks like for them.

​Keynote speaker: Dr Jane Hurley, Head of Earth Observation and Atmospheric Science, RAL S​pace 

  • Temi Shogelola, Head of Inspiration Programme, UK Space Agency​
  • John Chinner, Principal Electrical Engineer and Faculty Leader, Airbus Defence and Space Engineering Academy​​
  • Oyuki Chang, Instrument Scientist. RAL Space
  • Téa Seitis, Graduate Project Manager, RAL Space's Imaging Systems Division
  • Max Rippington, Environmental Test Engineer, RAL Space
  • Co​nor Sandiford, Environmental Test Engineer, RAL Space
  • Ian Horsfall, Dynamics Group Leader, RAL Space
  • Alex Davidson, Product Assurance Group Leader, RAL Space
  • Bea Fischer-Harrison, Graduate Optics Engineer, RAL Space​​

Programme outline:

10:00 - 10:10 Opening Key note

10:10 - 11:10 Career talks​

11:15 - 11:55 Panel discussion

12:00 - 12:30 Q&A​​

Who can attend?

The event iss aimed at those with an interest in space sector opportunities and​ particularly those in the early stage of their career: GCSE/BTEC, A-Level/Post-16, university students, and young professionals. The conference seeks to inspire the next generation to pursue a fulfilling career in the space industry. 

A young woman with long dark hair stands smiling wearing an astronaut suit and face mask. 

Té​a at a school workshop, who will speak about her experience on STFC's graduate programme.​ Credit: STFC RAL Space