Helen Sharman on STEM careers and space travel

05 - 07 July 2023 12:00 - 14:30 The Royal Society Free
Helen Sharman

This event is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2023.

Join us for a session of inspiration and exploration as we welcome Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut to travel to space, for an engaging and thought-provoking talk. Designed for students 14 years and older, this talk will delve into the exciting world of STEM possibilities, including space travel and more. Helen will highlight a few STEM subjects to stimulate thought about what to study after school, and she will mention some invaluable non-subject-related experiences to gain from university life.

Helen Sharman has dedicated herself to science and exploration and she is a skilled communicator, enthusing audiences around the world. With a career spanning industry, astronautics, research management and education, she is a true role model for young people. During the talk, Sharman will share her experiences aboard the Mir Space Station, discuss the challenges (and fun) of space travel, and talk about the skills and qualifications needed to pursue careers in the technology-driven world of the future. 

This is a unique opportunity to learn from a pioneer in the field of space exploration and be inspired by her journey. 

“We should push forward not only our own individual boundaries, but also the boundaries of what humans believe is possible. People are the biggest limitations in our own lives. There’s a huge amount we can do, and we should make the best use of our lives for the benefit of the world.”

Helen Sharman CMG OBE, UK Outreach Ambassador - Imperial College London

Attending the event

Talks will be held in the Kohn Centre at the following times:

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 12pm — 12.30pm and 2pm — 2.30pm

Thursday 6 July 2023, 12pm — 12.30pm and 2pm — 2.30pm

Friday 7 July 2023, 11am — 11.30am

  • Free to attend
  • In person only
  • No registration required
  • Suitable for school students 14+
  • Travel and accessibility information - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements
  • Food and drink will be available for purchase at our onsite café

For all enquiries, please email us.