Prof. Chris Welch
Prof. Chris Welch is Professor of Space Engineering, Head of the Space Payloads Laboratory and Director of the MSc in Space Studies at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, which is dedicated to the discovery, research, and development of outer space. Chris is a former Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation, a Fellow and President-Elect of the British Interplanetary Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Royal Astronomical Society. He is also a board member of the World Space Week Association and an advisor to Space Hero, the Moon Village Association and the Initiative for Interstellar Studies. He has been active in space education and outreach for many years receiving the 2009 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Achievement in Space Education.
Dr. Marianne Mader
Dr. Marianne Mader, Executive Director at the Canadian Association of Science Centers (CASC), has over 15 years of not for profit experiences as a Co-Founder, Managing Director, and Executive Director, managing teams and collaborating at the intersection of academic, industrial, governmental, and community stakeholders. At CASC, Dr. Mader is responsible for government advocacy, partnership development, and creating programs for association members with a goal to build a thriving science and innovation culture in Canada. Formally trained as a planetary scientist, Marianne has helped lead multidisciplinary teams doing remote, simulated space missions (e.g. high arctic), chaired NASA Review Panels, studied some of the oldest rocks on Earth in Greenland, and collected meteorites in Antarctica. Marianne is deeply committed to advancing a science and innovation culture in Canada through public engagement and promotion of experiential learning.
Vincent Heidelberg, also known as Astrovicnet, is a French video maker focusing on aviation and space history. For five years now, on his Youtube Channel Stardust – La Chaine Air & Espace (355K followers), he speaks about astronautics, pioneers of aeronautics, and the great stories of human exploration. He also introduced the commented live launches on Youtube in France in 2016, commenting rocket launches, rover landings and Extravehicular Activities in the French language. In 2020, he founded WikiArchives.Space, which is becoming the biggest archive of space exploration photos in the world, most of them public domain and Creative Commons. Over the last years, Vincent worked with partners like CNES, the Canadian Space Agency, ESA, Safran, French Air & Space Force, Disney and Lego.
Nikhitha C hailing from Bangalore, India is a Space Enthusiast, Dr. Kalpana Chawla Scholar from International Space University, Motivational Speaker, and a Social Impact Entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of an NGO called the Society for Space Education Research and Development (SSERD) with a mission to open a space frontier to all by promoting Space Education among the community and prepare the young generation for the Space Revolution. Also, she was the KWAA Youth Icon of 2019 for her outstanding work at inspiring students in STEAM and Space.
Nicholas Booth was the youngest Briton to ever work for NASA JPL and read physics at London University. He then worked as a science writer for The Observer and then as a technology editor on The Times, covering most major space stories from 1989 to 1999. He has written a dozen factual books, most recently The Search For Life On Mars with Dr. Elizabeth Howell. His book Zigzag is being made into a film by Tom Hanks and his first thriller, Messiah, is out soon. He has broadcast regularly, worked as an editorial director, mobile publisher and now writes scripts and adaptations. He tweets as @thievesbook
Herb recently retired from NASA after 42 years of service. He spent most of his career at the Johnson Space Center supporting the Space Shuttle, Space Station, and Orion Programs but also worked at the Kennedy Space Center and NASA Headquarters. His last position was serving as the Manager of the Operations Support Office which provided support to the Flight Operations Office and included support to the Astronaut Office, Mission Control operations, NASA’s Aircraft Operations, and astronaut training. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the NASA Alumni League.
Daniela Rodríguez Martínez
Daniela Rodríguez-Martínez is a Mexican communicator, radio producer, media researcher, and space enthusiast. She leads the Media and Marketing team of the “Colibrí Mission”, one of the first Mexican CubeSats, developed between the Universidad Panamericana and the Space Propulsion Laboratory at MIT. She specializes in the branding of space projects and implementing transmedia/PR strategies for accomplishing public outreach and fundraising objectives. She also coordinates the communication activities of the Small Satellites Project Group at the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). Her passion is boosting space initiatives with the power of communication.
Remco Timmermans is a social media marketer specialized in the space industry. He runs his own social media agency SpaceSide, creating and running online campaigns for a wide variety of space customers around the world. Remco is also the CEO of the SpaceUp Foundation, an adjunct faculty member of the International Space University and one of the driving forces behind Spaceagenda.com. Recently Remco was announced as the leading #EUInfluencer for Space in 2020, an award for the most influential social media users in relation to different policy areas in the European Union.
Aaron Shepard first fell in love with science while watching astronauts blast off in the Space Shuttle. He dreamed of one day building cool technology while floating in a lab in space. Aaron was devastated to hear NASA announce the end of the Shuttle program during his freshman year of high school. Fearing that the space age was coming to an end, he decided to “grow up” and pursue a more realistic career.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Claflin University, Aaron briefly attended medical school. As he watched a probe land on a comet during the middle of a health class, Aaron realized that the space industry wasn’t dying and there was still time to chase his childhood dreams. He left the medical field to pursue a degree in electrical engineering at Clemson University.
Since changing career paths, Aaron has become an active contributor in the aerospace and science outreach communities. Aaron is a two-time South Carolina Space Grant fellow and a three-time intern at NASA Langley. He has significant research experience in aeronautics, biomimetic robotics, and space robotics. As a lifelong advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM fields, Aaron has worked with thousands of students through outreach initiatives and public speaking. In 2020 Aaron founded Cogito. Cogito creates neurofeedback technology (a.k.a. mind controlled technology) to help combat the growing ADHD epidemic.
Kim Macharia is the Founder of Nyota Communications, a public relations firm that specializes in serving organizations in the space industry. Nyota Communications is dedicated to helping its clients develop their messaging and amplify their brand visibility. Before launching her firm, Kim previously managed community relations for startups in the space industry and represented these companies at international events including the UN World Space Forum.
Kim is also passionate about diversifying and democratizing the space industry. She advocates for marginalized communities through her role as the Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at the Space Frontier Foundation.
Kate Arkless Gray
Kate Arkless Gray (aka “@SpaceKate”) is a media strategist and qualified broadcast journalist whose passion for space has led her on some amazing adventures. She has written for New Scientist, i-news, Spaceflight Magazine and more, and appears on Sky News and the BBC World Service programme “Digital Planet” to discuss the latest space news.
Kate completed the International Space University Space Studies Programme in 2012 and won NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge twice in London, becoming a global winner in 2013 for the “most inspirational app”. Former NASA administrator Charles Bolden called her “a true champion!” and challenged her to get more young people involved with space – something she is always keen to do.