Suzie Imber keynote speaker
Suzie Imber keynote speaker

Suzie Imber

Planetary scientist & explorer

Speaker Themes

  • Planetary science
  • The environment & sustainability
  • Resilience
  • Peak performance
  • Leadership
  • Women in STEM

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Suzie Imber achieved international recognition when she won the BBC2 TV series ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?’ in which 12 candidates underwent astronaut training with Commander Chris Hadfield. The challenges included taking their own blood, speaking Russian while in a centrifuge at 5g, and carrying out emergency procedures on the NASA undersea astronaut training facility, Aquarius. Suzie received a letter of recommendation from Chris Hadfield supporting her application to the European Space Agency astronaut training programme. 

Her “day job” is as Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Leicester, where she specialises in studying the impact of the solar wind on the planets in our solar system, particularly the Earth and Mercury. Currently, she works in Operations Planning for the BepiColombo spacecraft, due to arrive at Mercury in 2025. She was made a full Professor in 2023.

In 2019, Suzie was selected for Homeward Bound, a global leadership programme to train 100 women to become the next generation of leaders in the fight against climate change. Culminating in a 3-week voyage to Antarctica (scheduled 2023), the programme includes leadership style and mentality, effective communication, building teams, personal and organisational strategy, mental health and wellbeing.

With extensive experience of speaking at live stage events, including music and science festivals, Suzie was invited to perform at “Space Shambles” at the Royal Albert Hall, London, appearing with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince, astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, and Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart. She has spoken at many science festivals, including BlueDot, Gravity Fields, Cheltenham, Farnborough Air Show, New Scientist Live, Latitude, AstroFest, SpaceRocks and the Virgin Galactic Space Festival (US).

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Suzie has spoken at many conferences and seminars in the UK, Europe and the US, most often as a keynote speaker. She has chaired conference sessions and served on event organising committees.

One of her most-requested speeches describes a journey combining elite sport, space science, identifying and climbing unclimbed mountains, and training to be an astronaut. It’s entertaining, inspirational and offers the audience the opportunity to reflect on their own sources of motivation and enthusiasm.

Enthusiastic and engaging, with a detailed scientific CV and extensive experience, Suzie Imber tailors each speech and recent subjects have included:

  • The future of the space industry and exploration
  • The history, and future, of human spaceflight
  • Climate change and what we can do about it
  • Earth observation, and how we can use satellite data for humanitarian and societal benefit
  • Writing computer code to identify mountains, and launching expeditions to achieve first ascents (risk, challenge, resilience, teamwork)

Suzie also speaks on becoming an international athlete, mountaineer, space scientist, appearing on the BBC Astronauts series, climate leadership and the upcoming voyage to Antarctica. 

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