The challenges of the final frontier
  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

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ICE South West in conjunction with IMechE and IStructE invite you to a lecture about Space Technology.

Space technology permeates many aspects of our society already. What are the challenges of making things work in space? Moreover, can we go beyond robots in space? How could humans live out on the final frontier? Why would we do it?

Please join us for this informative and fascinating talk. The evening begins at 18:00 with light refreshments and a networking opportunity with the lecture commencing at 18:30.

Book your place via the ICE South West event page for contact Barbara Sweet (email: for any queries.

Speaker: David Southwood

David worked with space scientists in academia in the UK and USA and around the world. He was Director of Science and Robotic Exploration at European Space Agency (ESA), where he managed the building, launch and operations for several major planetary space missions including landing the Huygens probe on Titan and the Rosetta cometary probe.

He is currently Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College London. Chair of the Steering Board of the UK Space Agency, he is also chair of the Trustees of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law, a member of the Advisory Council of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a trustee of the National Space Centre, Leicester. A former Head of Physics at Imperial College, London, he has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Lancaster and Plymouth.

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