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Astronomy Presentation - The UK Space Strategy

Friday 25 7.30pmNovember


Newchurch Pavilion

Watery Lane
(Opposite Amazon World/Thomson's Garden Centre)

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Astronomy Presentation - The UK Space Strategy


National space strategy

The UK Space Strategy By Adam Amara (hosted by Vectis Astronomical Society)

Adam Amara introduces his talk: “Space technologies are an important part of modern life. Everything from the way we navigate our way through a new town to how we monitor our natural environments has been revolutionised because of space. In science, we can now build and launch incredible telescopes, like JWST, that let us look deep into the cosmos as we try to unravel the mysteries of the Universe.”

“The UK is one of the world leaders in the space domain and last year the government launched our first UK National Space Strategy. This lays out an ambitious program for how we can grow space activities in our county and why it's important. For those of us working in space, this is a very exciting time. One of the important things to realise is that the Isle of Wight, Hampshire and Surrey are at the heart of the UK space sector. This means that our regions will play a special role if we as a nation are to deliver the ambitious goals of the National Space Strategy.”

About the Speaker: Since August 2020, Professor Adam Amara has been the Director of Portsmouth University’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) and has also been recently appointed as Chair of the UK Space Agency’s Science Programme Advisory Committee.

We are proud to welcome back Professor Adam Amara. He gave us one of the most dynamic and engaging talks of recent years in January 2020.

For more details about Adam and his talk, please see:

About Vectis Astronomical Society:

VAS meets on the 4th Friday of every month, except for December. Each event is open for non-members to attend. The speakers come from all over the country and give a presentation for around 45 minutes, with a chance for questions and answers afterwards. We break for refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) which gives an opportunity to mingle and chat. Often in the second half of the evening one of our members will give a short 20 minute “what’s in the sky this month” presentation. We have a suggested donation of approx. £2.50 for non-members of VAS.

Please see the VAS website for the current programme of events, and details about finding the venue.