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15 May 2019

Dr Suzanne Imber - Claudia Parsons memorial lecture

Presented By Dr Suzanne Imber

About this event

Dr Suzanne Imber will be speaking about her journey to becoming a space scientist, the instruments and missions she has been working on and how, over the next decade, advances in the space industry will change our everyday lives.

She is also a high altitude mountaineer and has climbed some of the most remote mountains on the planet.

Bringing together space science and mountaineering, Suzanne wrote code for a supercomputer to identify all of the mountains in the Andes, and every year sets off to climb these remote, unclimbed, un-named mountains.

This combination of exploration with science led her to apply for a recent BBC television series called 'Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?', where she had to speak Russian in a centrifuge while spinning around at 5g, take her own blood, experience a microgravity flight, amongst many further tests.

Suzanne will discuss how she applied what she had learned about resilience, risk and teamwork from the high mountains to her astronaut training experience, and look to her next steps, and the future of human spaceflight.

About the Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture

Claudia Parsons (15 August 1900 – 5 June 1998) was an English engineer, traveller and Alumna of Loughborough University. She is known for being the first woman to circumnavigate the world by car. Loughborough University has held a lecture in her honour annually since 2014. Previous speakers include Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Kate Bellingham, Helen Czerski, Emily Grossman and Jess Wade.

The University also recently named its new accommodation block in honour of Claudia.

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