SGAC United Kingdom

National Points of Contact
United Kingdom

In 2012, the UK celebrated 50 years since it joined the exclusive ranks of space faring nations. The UK currently has the second largest aerospace industry in the world, and the largest in Europe. By 2030, following the guidance of the 2015 National Space Policy document, the UK hopes to grow its market share of the space sector to 10% of the projected GBP400bn total value. Keep up to date with what the UK has to offer students and young professionals interested in the ever-growing space industry.

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Young Space Activities Overview in the United Kingdom

There are many ways that students and young professionals can get involved with the UK space industry and all that it offers. The most common ways are through their academic studies, student societies, conferences and workshops. If you know of anything space related happening in your area that you want us to share with others and advertise, do let us know!

The UK has a wealth of academic courses on offer aligned with the space sector either directly or indirectly. Some include those in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, astronautical engineering, aerospace engineering, physics, and even space physiology, law or policy. Many universities have a SEDS (Students for Exploration and Development of Space) society, or astronomical society, and if yours does not, please start one! The SGAC UK National Points of Contact and national UKSEDS committee aim to help nurture new societies and provide support where possible. Please do visit the UKSEDS website along with this one to stay informed with events and opportunities. Contact us if you wish to be part of the mailing list.

The UK also has a number of professional societies, some of which are listed in the ‘Institutions’ section below. These all hold a varied programme of talks, conferences and events throughout the year which provide a great way to meet like-minded people and network while learning about new aspects of space. A number of institutions around the country hold space and astronomy festivals targeted to inspire young people, for example the British Science Festival and the Cheltenham Science Festival.

Most regions of the UK have a local amateur astronomy society for practical observation through telescopes. They often have a schedule of talks and also hold star parties. Prof. Brian Cox has boosted awareness and raised enthusiasm markedly throughout the UK for astronomy following his popular Stargazing LIVE show. Furthermore, there are also plenty of Citizen Science projects that allow everyone to contribute to scientific discovery – like Zooniverse, which asks for your help in classifying galaxies.

There are many many ways to be involved in the space sector in the UK, do make the most of being in a country where there is so much activity going on!

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Interesting Web Links


Faulkes Telescope Project
Newton’s Apple
Space School UK
Space Exploration Network
UK Rocket Association
Zooniverse, Citizen science projects


British Interplanetary Society

CaSE (Campaign for Science and Engineering)
ESERO UK (European Space Education Resource Office)
International Space School Educational Trust ISSET
Parliamentary Space Committee
Royal Astronomical Society
Royal Aeronautical Society
Society for Popular Astronomy
UK Space Agency
UK Space Directory
Women in Aerospace

Academic Studies

Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck: Astrobiology & Planetary Exploration Meeting Programme
Cranfield University: Space Research Centre
Imperial College
Liverpool John Moores University: Astrophysics Research Institute
Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL)
Open University: Department of Physical Sciences
Queen Mary University of London: Astronomy Unit
University College London (UCL): Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Bristol: Astrophysics
University of Kent: Astronomy, Space Science & Astrophysics
University of Leicester: Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Southampton: Physics & Astronomy
The University of Edinburgh: School of Physics & Astronomy
The University of Sheffield: Department of Physics & Astronomy