Space scholarship for Leicester alumnus

Posted by pt91 at Jun 21, 2013 02:40 PM |
Former Physics and Astronomy student receives unique opportunity at the International Space University

Ryan Laird, a graduate of the University of Leicester Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been awarded a 16,500 Euro scholarship by the UK Space Agency and European Space Agency (ESA) to join the Space Studies Programme (SSP) at the International Space University (ISU).

The Space Studies Programme is an intensive nine weeks of training, taking place around the world in a different location every year. Ryan will be travelling to France for the SSP’s location this year: ISU's central campus in Strasbourg, with an opening reception at the European Parliament.

SSP gives the students the chance to develop contacts, as major figures from industry and government space agencies support the course.

In the same year Ryan graduated from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, he was chosen as the UK Student Representative for the International Year of Astronomy 2009. He now undertakes a voluntary role as the UK National Point of Contact for the Space Generation Advisory Council and most recently worked as their winter intern at their HQ at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, Austria, where he attended subcommittee meetings of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS).

He is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassador and science communicator working with science students to inspire them to reach for the stars. He runs a blog at and Twitter stream @rjmlaird.

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