Queen Mary’s to Welcome Space Scientist, Dr Suzie Imber, to Female Futures Fair

Queen Mary’s to Welcome Space Scientist, Dr Suzie Imber, to Female Futures Fair

16 April 2019

Queen Mary’s School, between Ripon and Thirsk, is to welcome Dr Suzie Imber to their Female Futures’ Fair on Friday 26 April. Dr Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor of Planetary Science and has recently won the BBC 2 series ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?’

This free event is open to girls and parents from across the region and has been organised to inspire and help them plan for a successful future in the working environment whichever path they may wish to take. Attendees will hear unique stories from women of different ages, hailing from an array of professions, who can draw on personal experiences of their careers including the path they chose and the twists, turns and challenges they faced along the way.

Dr Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor at the University of Leicester. She specialises in studying space weather; understanding the impact of the solar wind on the magnetised planets, in particular Earth and Mercury. Suzie is a Co-Investigator on the X-ray spectrometer project on board the joint ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft launching in October 2018 which will arrive at Mercury in 2025.

Suzie was the winner of the recent BBC 2 series entitled ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?’ during which twelve candidates were put through astronaut training with NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield. She endured challenges such as taking her own blood, speaking Russian while in a centrifuge at 5g and carrying out emergency procedures on the NASA undersea astronaut training facility, Aquarius. Suzie will receive a letter of recommendation from Chris Hadfield to support her application to the European Space Agency astronaut training programme.

Suzie was an England U21 lacrosse player, an elite rower, and is now a high altitude mountaineer. She has written computer code to automatically identify mountains in South America, and found hundreds of mountains that had never been identified before. She sets off annually to scale these incredibly remote, unclimbed mountains, exploring new regions of our planet and even discovering Incan ruins on the summits.

At the Female Futures’ Fair, alongside Suzie Imber, Wendy Loretto BCon PhD, Dean of the University of Edinburgh Business School, will give a keynote speech and other inspirational speakers and exhibitors from many scientific and artistic fields from law, financial services and medicine to broadcasting, global marketing and more will be there.

Carole Cameron, Head of Queen Mary’s School is delighted: “We are extremely excited to be welcoming Suzie Imber and Wendy Loretto alongside a whole host of successful women from a range of professional backgrounds. This event provides an opportunity for the school to inspire and empower girls from across the region to believe that they can achieve anything.”

The Female Futures’ Fair will take place on Friday 26 April from 14:00 – 17:00. Please see www.queenmarys.org/events for further information about this free event. Call 01845 575000 or email [email protected] to book your place.

Full Event Programme:

Professor Wendy Loretto, the Dean of the University of Edinburgh Business School

Alex Hall, BBC Broadcaster
Emma Doswell, Scientific Researcher
Jo Thackwray, Volunteer Resource Manager, Oxfam

Break for networking


Helen Morgan, Managing Director, Accenture
Harriet Little, Global Marketing, Fitbit
Susan Johnson, Founder, Bella di Notte

Keynote: Dr Suzie Imber, Associate Professor of Planetary Science and winner of the BBC 2 series ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?’

Further networking

Confirmed Exhibitors:
Silk Family Law, Bishopton Veterinary Group, Nestlé, RAF, Askham Bryan College

Queen Mary’s offers a broad curriculum, allowing pupils to pursue their interests within small classes designed to encourage their development and achievement. The next Open Morning will take place on Monday 6 May. For more information please call 01845 575040.

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