How did they get there? What are they doing? Why are they there? What can we learn from them?
Why not book a keynote speaker who has been there to find out?
Not only are astronauts doing essential scientific and medical research, they’re experiencing the same challenges in leadership, teamwork, and crisis management that we experience back on earth, but in a high pressure environment that could very quickly become life threatening. Below are some former (and future) astronauts who can tell us more…
A Youtube star thanks to his rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity (44, 851, 668 views and counting), Chris Hadfield is also an absolute star of a keynote speaker.
He shares insights on collaboration and leadership, drawing on his experiences as commander of the International Space Station. Even tales of the everyday life on the ISS are fascinating. His presentations are accompanied by incredible footage of the earth from space, and sometimes a live performance of Space Oddity as well.
Although Helen was the first Briton to travel into space, she started her career at Mars, researching chocolate. This scientific background was essential on her mission to the Mir space station, where she carried out medical and agricultural experiments.
On returning to earth Helen became a writer, broadcaster and keynote speaker. She reflects on her time as an astronaut, from her training in Russia to what it takes to travel to and live on a space station and what those of us on earth can learn from it.
Tim was a military test pilot before he headed even further into the skies to the International Space Station. He spent 6 months in space, undertaking over 250 experiments, a simulated mission to Mars and a space walk to repair part of the ISS.
Throughout his time in space Tim communicated his experiences to earth via social media and to classrooms across Europe. Now he shares his stories as a keynote speaker, discussing risk, decision making, leadership and the idea of ‘followership’, where individual skills and goals are secondary to supporting the group leader.
Mike is an engineer, a former astronaut, a bestselling author, and the first person to tweet from space. You might also recognise him from his role in The Big Bang Theory, where he plays himself! Now a professor at Columbia University, Mike looks back on his journey to becoming an astronaut, from being rejected by NASA three times to his first flight into space. He shares his insights on leadership, teamwork, perseverance and what it feels like to look down on Earth while on a spacewalk.
Suzie is the odd one out of this list as she hasn’t been to space…yet. Winner of the BBC’s “Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?” she has a letter of recommendation from Chris Hadfield to take to the European Space Agency the next time they are recruiting.
Until then, she is associate Professor of planetary science at the University of Leicester, a mountaineer, and of course a keynote speaker. Her speeches draw on a wealth of experiences from her astronaut training, scientific research and mountaineering. She covers everything from space tourism, teamwork, risk, to the future of science and space travel.
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