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The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
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Speakers 2017

The full list of speakers is still to be confirmed but the following will be joining us over the weekend. Please keep checking the website for further updates.
Professor Chris Lintott (University of Oxford and BBC Sky at Night presenter)

Saturday 2nd September, time to be confirmed

Chris is Professor of Astrophysics and Citizen Science in the Department of Physics at Oxford University. He is currently the co-director of the Programme on Computational Cosmology and leads the Citizen Science Project. He was the Director of Citizen Science Initiatives at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago from 2010 – 2012. He is involved in a number of popular science projects aimed at bringing astronomy to a wider audience.

Chris’ research focuses on galaxy evolution and the application of astrochemical models of star formation to galaxies beyond the Milky Way. After a recommendation from Ed Vaizey, former Culture Minister, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Lintott as Astronomy Trustee of the National Maritime Museum (NMM). His appointment ran from the 24 June 2010 until 23 June 2014.

He is the co-founder, along with Kevin Schawinski, of Galaxy Zoo, an online crowdsourcing project where members of the public can volunteer their time to assist in classifying over a million galaxies. Chris is also the principal investigator and founder of the citizen science web portal Zooniverse.

He is the primary presenter of the BBC series The Sky at Night, having previously been co-presenter with Sir Patrick Moore until Moore's death in 2012. Chris co-authored Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe with Patrick Moore and Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May. With the same co-authors he published The Cosmic Tourist: The 100 Most Awe-inspiring Destinations in the Universe in 2012. On the book's PR page, it is stated: "Take your seats for the greatest tour ever – one that encompasses no less than the whole of the Universe."

Title: to be confirmed
Professor Andrew Coates (MSSL, UCL)

Details to be confirmed
Dr David Baker, (former NASA Manned Space Flight Scientist and Systems Engineer)

Saturday 2nd September, time to be confirmed

Schooled in the UK, David won a scholarship to the United States via an education programme sponsored by Senator Clinton Anderson and joined NASA during the Gemini programme in 1965. Moving to take his Ph.D in Earth & Planetary Sciences before shifting laterally to take a couple of aerospace engineering degrees, David worked on the Apollo missions to the Moon. He developed techniques for expanding the capabilities of the Lunar Module and helping train the astronauts in the advanced exploration techniques used to maximise the science return.

After Apollo, Dr Baker moved to NASA headquarters in Washington DC and worked closely throughout the 1980s with the Administrator James Beggs and the Shuttle development team. He helped international development of space operations, spent considerable time in India, China and South East Asia on space applications for better management of Earth resources and worked as liaison with the Russians from 1982 to 1990.

David has been a prolific writer and is an award winning author, having had more than 100 books published to date. In addition to continually adding to that list he is also Editor of Spaceflight, the magazine of the British Interplanetary Society – the body representing space science and engineering both to the industry and to an international lay audience – as well as serving as a consultant. David makes regular radio and TV appearances and was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics.

Title: 'Apollo Expeditions to the Moon – What did we Learn?'

Fifty years ago the Apollo programme neared its goal of landing astronauts on the Moon and returning them safely to Earth. Between 1969 and 1972 six crews touched down at different places on the Moon and developed techniques of exploration which carried them several kilometres across the surface on rovers carried aboard the lander.
Across those six mission, 12 crewmembers returned lunar samples, left science instruments at the surface which continued to send data back to Earth for eight years and contributed to our understanding of the origin of the Earth-Moon system and to the evolution of the solar system.

This talk will look at the challenges, the problems, the successes and the lessons from humankind’s first exploration on the surface of another body in space and provide a summary of lessons-learned and the scientific questions raised by these successful expeditions to the surface of the Moon.
Pete Lawrence (astrophotographer, writer and BBC Sky at Night presenter)

Day and time to be confirmed

Pete Lawrence has presented the observing section on the long running BBC Sky at Night television programme since 2004. He also compiles and writes the monthly Sky Guide for the Sky at Night Magazine and the Night Sky column for the Daily Telegraph. He is an expert guide for many aurora and eclipse chasing tours.

Pete is highly regarded in the world of astrophotography specialising in capturing time specific events like eclipses and meteor showers. Many of his images have been published in books, magazines and in websites across the world. In 2014 he was awarded the Davies Medal for significant contribution in the digital field of imaging science by the Royal Photographic Society.

Title: 'Anatomy of a Solar Eclipse'

Anatomy of a Solar Eclipse will describe the thrilling and spectacular phenomena that occur before, during and after a total eclipse of the Sun.
Jane Green FRAS (author, broadcaster and registered school's speaker) 

Sunday 3rd September 10.45am (FAMILY FRIENDLY)

Head-hunted for her international award-winning business skills, Jane’s career began at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office but she took the ‘road less travelled by’ and went to sea instead, becoming a senior officer for sixteen years with a leading British cruise line. Whilst sailing the world her love for astronomy began. Armed with a Degree course in Astronomy and Planetary Sciences, nightly cocktail parties soon became astronomical tours and subsequent successful theatre lectures.

An elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS), she is a presenter, motivational speaker, best-selling author, broadcaster and registered schools speaker, weaving her special magic for select clients in corporate team-building events to capacity audiences of all ages.

Jane co-presented the pioneering theatre show TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE – a national tour that included the presenters of BBC television’s Sky at Night programme and other high-profile guests and was described by Professor Chris Lintott as ‘A first, and a triumph!’.

A guest on BBC Radio Four Midweek, and BBC Two’s Stargazing Live, as well as national and regional BBC Radio, she is currently resident astronomer for BBC Sussex & Surrey Radio, Uckfield 105FM and a co-host of Astronomy FM: Under British Skies.

Having also co-presented with the late Sir Patrick Moore CBE FRS, celebrities and media professionals, she was invited to be the Inaugural Speaker for the Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture at Holmewood House School, the school where Sir Patrick himself taught for eight years.

She has been featured in various astronomy publications and scripted a live television/theatre interview with the second man on the moon, US astronaut Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin.

Her book, the Haynes Astronomy Manual, is an international bestseller and a new edition has recently been released.

Jane’s motto is ‘Look up, Live it, Love it!’ Her enthusiasm for planet Earth and the science of astronomy is infectious. She adores her subject and knows that you will too. For more information www.janegreenastronomy.co.uk

Title: 'Never in a Million Years'

Jane is a natural, eloquent and captivating speaker who possesses that rare ability to communicate the complexities of astronomy in a warm and easy to understand way. She makes the ‘ungraspable’ graspable so why not join her for an insightful voyage into the ‘unknowable’ Universe?

With stunning audio visuals and the latest movie footage, allow Jane to deconstruct the seemingly complex, de-mystify meaningless phrases and uncloak the darkest wonders of the cosmos to ultimately share what inspires her most … perspective, grandeur and beauty on the most majestic scale of all.

This journey begins and ends with ‘nothing’. What could possibly fill the ‘space’ in between? Perhaps ‘something’ you might never have considered … never in a million years.

Professor Richard Nelson (Queen Mary University of London)

Details to be confirmed