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Professor Anu Ojha OBE

Space - so what?
Monday 1 July: 16.00

Anu oversees the UK Space Agency’s international relations, inspiration and outreach activities and leads on how they engage with audiences on the growing importance of space. In today’s keynote he will be explaining how space is much more than astronauts and astronomy – it’s a critical enabler for our 21st century society as well as economy and provides tremendous opportunities for educational engagement across the curriculum.

Anu previously led the UK National Space Academy which, since its launch in 2008, has trained more than 6,000 UK teachers, with more than 65,000 secondary, further education and international university students participating in its masterclasses across the UK, Europe and internationally. He also teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester.

Anu was Principal Investigator for the Astro Academy Principia educational experiment programme conducted by Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station in 2016.

Prior to his space career, Anu was a physics teacher, Assistant Headteacher at the largest school in England and National Lead Practitioner (Physics) for the UK Specialist Schools and Academies Trust; it was during this time that Anu first became involved with The Ogden Trust and he has been a friend and advocate since 2006.

A lifelong lover of aviation, Anu is a current skydiver with nearly 1,500 jumps and was involved as a skydiving and science analyst for Felix Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos stratospheric jump programme.