Wales to host UK Space Conference 2019

Wales has been confirmed as the host location of UK Space Conference 2019.

The coveted event will take place at the new International Convention Centre, which is based in Newport, from September 24th t0 26th.

It’ll allow government, industry and academia to network, share opportunities and address challenges faced in the rapidly evolving space industry.

Dr Graham Turnock, CEO of the UK Space Agency, said: “We are working with the space sector to build on our significant capability and maximise the benefits of space to life on Earth, creating jobs and opportunities across the country.

“The UK Space Conference is a fantastic event for sparking the kind of collaborations and partnerships that will help our sector grow. I am delighted that Wales will be hosting the 2019 conference and I’m sure it will build on the huge success of the 2017 conference in Manchester.”

Previous events have attracted over 1,200 delegates from across the world, with speakers including the likes of astronaut Tim Peake; Professor Jan Wörner, director general of the European Space Agency; and Andy Green, president of UKspace and chair of the Space Sector Council.

Nominations for the position of Programme Committee Chair are now open. This person will be responsible for defining the theme, content and speakers of the 2019 event.

Sir Martin Sweeting, executive chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and founder of the Surrey Space Centre, added: “The UK Space Conference provides a vital forum for the UK space sector, academia and policy makers to network, debate, form new collaborations, and do business. It’s a key event for SSTL, and a fixture in my calendar.”

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