Laura Thomas, one-time astrophysicist from the University of Edinburgh, and now Space Ambassador for European Space Education Research Office (ESERO)
As we move towards the final phase of the ISS (likely to close in the 2020s) space agencies have turned their attention to a return to the moon. This will be the next base as we continue to prepare for our journey to Mars. This talk will look at the plans space agencies have for humankind's return to the moon and compares this with imaginings of the early sci-fi authors such as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and John Wyndham. Laura has always been fascinated by space and is looking forward to getting there herself one day. Since graduating with a degree in Astrophysics, she has worked in science communication. In the last few years she has completed lecture tours in the UK and Ireland speaking to over 15,000 teenagers about the physics of spaceflight. In her role as an ESERO (European Space Education Resource Office) space ambassador she worked on a variety of outreach projects linked to Tim Peake’s mission. She now works as the Head of School Engagement for the Institute for Research in Schools, an educational charity that supports schools in carrying out their own original scientific research.