The next 50 years of space research

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University of Leicester conference on 19-21 September marks milestone

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 12 September 2011 

The University of Leicester is continuing its celebration of 50 years of internationally renowned Space research with a symposium looking ahead to the next 50 years.

‘Observing the Earth and Planets: The Next 50 Years’ will take place on 19th-21st September, attracting experts on Space from the worlds of academia, Space agencies and industry.

It will consider the next steps in Space research over the coming decades, the science that will be required and the role of academia in the Space sector.

The symposium will also discuss the synergies between earth observation, planetary science, astrobiology and discovery of extra-solar planetary systems, as well as their economic and societal impact.

Professor Charles Cockell, Professor of Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh, will give the opening lecture.   Other presentations will include the ExoMars mission, planetary magnetospheres, observation of the Earth and climate and a comprehensive look at all the planets and the growing number of known exo-planets in orbit around other stars.

Dr Gillian Butcher, who is one of the organisers of the symposium, commented:  “It is tremendous to be part of a successful research group which was there in the early days of space research fifty years ago. But it is even more exciting to be playing a part now and planning to make the most of the opportunities for the next fifty years.”

Booking for ‘Observing the Earth and Planets: The Next 50 Years Symposium’ and abstract submissions for posters are currently being taken.  For bookings and further enquiries please contact Brian Bassett,

Notes to Editors: Further details are available from Brian Bassett, Space Research Centre, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester,

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