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Space scientist inspires Future Logistics Conference delegates

Delegates at the Future Logistics Conference reported being inspired and enthused following the keynote speech delivered by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, space scientist, science educator and co-presenter of the BBC’s long-running The Sky at Night programme.

Entitled The Logistical Challenge of Reaching for the Stars, Dr Aderin-Pocock spoke about her passion for space science, attracting and recruiting talent into the space, engineering and logistics sectors and tackling the mammoth challenge of achieving net zero.

“Here in the UK the space industry is booming,” she said, “and it’s going from strength to strength. It’s quite an exciting time because we are going to get our own launch capability for mini satellites about the size of a washing machine.”

While the UK space sector is booming, she argued it also needed to attract new and more diversified talent, as only 22% of the current core STEM workforce are women.

“We need to diversify. Diversification makes sense,” she said, “It just brings more ideas to the table. So, this is the challenge for the future.”

On climate change, Dr Aderin-Pocock underlined the importance of cross-sector collaboration to achieve net zero and encouraged delegates to adopt a mindset of what she described as ‘stubborn optimism’ in the face of this massive challenge.

“When the moon landings were taking place it was a crazy dream,” she said, “Even our craziest dreams can come true when we combine our efforts together.

“We need to collaborate and work together to make the change. We need to be bold, we need to aim high and we need to love every second. Each and every one of us needs to be a stubborn optimist. We need to be reaching for the stars.”


Published On: 12/05/2022 16:00:34


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